Having read Little Women, Good Wives and Eight Cousins, I was very excited about reading An Old-Fashioned Girl. However, I found it hard to get interested in this book, unlike the page-turning effect of Alcotts other books.
At first, Alcott gets you really excited about the story ahead, but this enthusiasim soon bubbles away to nothing as the droll, boring story line plays out in a rather too stretched space. Perhaps if this book had been shortened, it could have been more interesting and enjoyable.
Three hundred pages seem wasted on the boring recital of Polly's stay with her cousins as nothing INTERESTING actually happens. In most classics, this domestic based style normally fascinates and keeps the pages turning but this time I was falling asleep.
By the time the second half of the book begins, continuing the story three years on, the reader really wants to finish the book and start on something new. If this extra section had to be added, it should have been made into another book.
Sorry, Louisa, but this could have been a good book if the editing was better.