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"Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without presents..."
Little Women follows the the four March sisters, in the middle of 19th Century New England, whilst their father is away at war.
There's the book's protagonist, second-oldest sister, Jo. She's a tomboy-ish, opinionated with a fire-ry personality but ultimately loves her family more than anything. The eldest March sister, Meg, is gentle, responsible and acts as the surrogate mother to her younger siblings. Beth is the third sister, the quiet centre of the story and similar in nature to Meg. Then there is the youngest sister, Amy, the artist, a little materialistic but a girl who appreciates the beauty in life.
The story follows their journey as they struggle with growing up in their society, love and loss, before ultimately learning and growing together.
So what's my verdict?
I read Little Women as a child and came across my old copy recently, I skimmed through a couple of pages and had started reading full on chapters without realising it!
Despite it's historical setting, Little Women still remains one of my favourite books of all time and the journey that the March sisters go through during the novel are easily translatable for the 21st Century. The March sisters themselves are so wonderfully complex, with each girl carrying her own positive and negatives traits, and it's great to read such fabulously strong female characters. What I love about the four of them is that they bring out the best and worst in each other, they fight and are definitely not perfect but what holds them together is their love for each other.
A must read and a classic that will keep hold of your heart for years to come!
Firewood: Regina Spektor; Sky: Joshua Radin; 1901: Birdy; Look After You: The Fray; Heartbeats: Ellie Goulding cover; Astonishing: Little Women Original Broadway Soundtrack; To Whom It May Concern: The Civil Wars
For lovers of...the works of Austen and the Bronte sisters, as well as Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden.
This book was reviewed by regular reviewer Ria, get to know more about her here!