Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Title: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Publisher: Roberts Brothers

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.


It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with “woman’s work,” including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the “girl’s book” her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.


This is the perfect winter/rainy day book! I loved curling up on my chair, under a massive blanket and a hot drink next to me, reading this cosy book. I was immediately in love with the selfless characters and their admiration for each hobby they possessed (as a writer, my favourite character was obviously Jo). It wasn’t thrilling or climatic but the slow, realistic story, made it gratifying and inspiring. I don’t normally like books that don’t have an exciting incident, which made me reluctant to read this but it didn’t disappoint!

Of course, this is a classic! And, most people have read this novel or watched the numerous movies based on it, so, I won’t bore you on another review but it’s a great evening, wind-down book (if you’re like me and a bit late on reading the classic novels or maybe this is encouraging you to dig it out again!). I will definitely be picking it up later to reread it.

(Probably shouldn’t say this on a book review but the new movie was motivational and I loved every second! It made me work and start writing again the next day! I recommend that too, shhh)

If you’re interested in buying the book ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott, you can purchase it here!