*PLOT* Little Women chronicles the misadventurs of the March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.)Set in the American Civil War the siblings supported by their "Marmee", maid Hannah and the rich Laurence family next door must cope with poverty, rivalry,temptations and more including the longing for their father to come home from the war. Despite the grim events that the girls endure this book is very well written and often humorous yet slightly patronizing at times. It is a common misconception that Little Women and its sequels are only for girls and women. I am male and have read all four books in this series and throughly reccomend the books to any boy or man who wants a light, touching and gripping read.
*CHARACTERS* Meg is the eldest at 16, is motherly, kind but rather boring and stuffy, my least favourite of the main characters. Jo is 15, a hot headed tomboy and writer, the character that first befriends Laurie. Beth is 13, a quiet, sickly musician who is melancholy and tries to have a bright look on life and sees the best in everyone but doesn't really do much. Amy is 12, a spoilt, sassy artist who tries to be grown up but is in reality childish and immature, Amy is not generally a very popular character but for some reason is my favourite of the March sisters. Marmee is a nice, kindly and intelligent woman who truly wants the best for her "Little Women" and longs for her husband to come home. Laurie and his grandfather, Mr Laurence are both quite tough and bashful inviduals who take a while to become properly aquainted with their neighbours but prove strong throughout the book.
*OVERALL* A very worthy read with characters that may take time to develop but quickly grow on the reader.