Once upon a time there was a lady who had absolutely no interest in reading Little Women. For years and years I had been recommended this classic, and for years and years I had no interest in reading about a bunch of girls that were also growing up. It was something I was going through at the time, and I honestly hated it, so why would I want to read about it?
Recently I decided that I’d pick this up, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it, and wished that I had read it when I was younger. I think that while the book takes place during the Civil War, there are a lot of situations and problems that we still face today, but life was also much different back then.
Still, I found the marital lessons to be helpful things to remember for the future, and the heartaches that the family goes through to remind me of some of my own. I’ve seen a few reviews complain about the book having a religious agenda, but I actually personally didn’t feel that it was particularly religious at all, aside from describing the faith and customs of the March family.
Overall though, I definitely enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone. There are strong messages about love and friendship and family ties, and the characters are both flawed and believable. I really enjoyed it, and will likely be reading more of Louisa May Alcott’s works in the future.