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Little Women with a twist: four sisters from a blended family experience the challenges and triumphs of life in NYC in this beautiful full-color graphic novel perfect for fans of Roller Girl and Smile. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: with their father serving in the military overseas, they must work overtime to make ends meet...and each girl is strugg Little Women with a twist: four sisters from a blended family experience the challenges and triumphs of life in NYC in this beautiful full-color graphic novel perfect for fans of Roller Girl and Smile. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: with their father serving in the military overseas, they must work overtime to make ends meet...and each girl is struggling in her own way. Whether it's school woes, health issues, boy troubles, or simply feeling lost, the March sisters all need the same thing: support from each other. Only by coming together--and sharing lots of laughs and tears--will these four young women find the courage to discover who they truly are as individuals...and as a family. Meg is the eldest March, and she has a taste for the finer things in life. She dreams of marrying rich, enjoying fabulous clothes and parties, and leaving her five-floor walk-up apartment behind. Jo pushes her siblings to be true to themselves, yet feels like no one will accept her for who she truly is. Her passion for writing gives her an outlet to feel worthy in the eyes of her friends and family. Beth is the shy sister with a voice begging to be heard. But with a guitar in hand, she finds a courage that inspires her siblings to seize the day and not take life for granted. Amy may be the baby of the family, but she has the biggest personality. Though she loves to fight with her sisters, her tough exterior protects a vulnerable heart that worries about her family's future.


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Little Women with a twist: four sisters from a blended family experience the challenges and triumphs of life in NYC in this beautiful full-color graphic novel perfect for fans of Roller Girl and Smile. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: with their father serving in the military overseas, they must work overtime to make ends meet...and each girl is strugg Little Women with a twist: four sisters from a blended family experience the challenges and triumphs of life in NYC in this beautiful full-color graphic novel perfect for fans of Roller Girl and Smile. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: with their father serving in the military overseas, they must work overtime to make ends meet...and each girl is struggling in her own way. Whether it's school woes, health issues, boy troubles, or simply feeling lost, the March sisters all need the same thing: support from each other. Only by coming together--and sharing lots of laughs and tears--will these four young women find the courage to discover who they truly are as individuals...and as a family. Meg is the eldest March, and she has a taste for the finer things in life. She dreams of marrying rich, enjoying fabulous clothes and parties, and leaving her five-floor walk-up apartment behind. Jo pushes her siblings to be true to themselves, yet feels like no one will accept her for who she truly is. Her passion for writing gives her an outlet to feel worthy in the eyes of her friends and family. Beth is the shy sister with a voice begging to be heard. But with a guitar in hand, she finds a courage that inspires her siblings to seize the day and not take life for granted. Amy may be the baby of the family, but she has the biggest personality. Though she loves to fight with her sisters, her tough exterior protects a vulnerable heart that worries about her family's future.

30 review for Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    3.5 stars. This is one of those books that would make a lovely present for a friend, especially someone who is having a hard time because it can give them comfort and remind them of the importance of reaching out to friends and family. It is a contemporary graphic novel retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic LITTLE WOMEN, which I read when I was in high school and enjoyed tremendously. The main reason for that is when I was a bit younger, I really wanted a sister. I had a brother (still have h 3.5 stars. This is one of those books that would make a lovely present for a friend, especially someone who is having a hard time because it can give them comfort and remind them of the importance of reaching out to friends and family. It is a contemporary graphic novel retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic LITTLE WOMEN, which I read when I was in high school and enjoyed tremendously. The main reason for that is when I was a bit younger, I really wanted a sister. I had a brother (still have him presently) but he and I were not close back then so I fulfilled my wish of a sister through books and one of those books was LITTLE WOMEN. As far as retellings go, this was a decent one. We get a sense of each of the sisters’ personalities—their likes, dislikes, wishes and values—and we see them interact frequently with their friends and family members. I found it heart-warming, even when the girls faced difficulties in their lives. The only thing is that the story was divided into short chapters that made the plotline, but alas because the chapters were so short I sensed a lack of meaningful depth. Important topics and themes were breached but rarely developed in a way that spoke of their importance… They were glossed over. So I cannot give this book more, even though it was charming and I may want to read it again before Christmas or whenever I have a fallout with my own family, but then again there might be other such stories out there that rush less through events. Last points: colourful, atmospheric and relatively memorable despite its weaknesses. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Review on sale: It's been 150 years, you better get your act together and make Beth pull through this, guys. Review after reading: Mostly this just made me want to re-read the original, though I definitely appreciated the steps it took to update the material (Meg is going to college! Beth pulls through!). It just feels very slight to pack all of the stuff that happens into a not-that-long graphic novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Moore

    I hate to support Another Little Women remake, but this one's gay, guys, this one's gay. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy was a perfect graphic novel. I'm familiar with Bre Indigo's art from her webcomic Jamie, and it perfectly fit the warmth and emotion of this book. I'm familiar with the story of Little Women from a coloring book I obsessively colored as a child, so to see it translated so colorfully once again was really serendipitous for me. The diversity definitely didn't feel forced, which was someth I hate to support Another Little Women remake, but this one's gay, guys, this one's gay. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy was a perfect graphic novel. I'm familiar with Bre Indigo's art from her webcomic Jamie, and it perfectly fit the warmth and emotion of this book. I'm familiar with the story of Little Women from a coloring book I obsessively colored as a child, so to see it translated so colorfully once again was really serendipitous for me. The diversity definitely didn't feel forced, which was something I was afraid of. On the flip side, it felt natural and necessary. Overall, this was an incredibly sweet and timely homage to the original novel. While the writing and dialogue weren't outstanding, the heart and soul of the story shone through, the reimagined characters bold and unique in their own right.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    I liked how they made everything so modern, I'm just not sure the story worked as a graphic. Everything felt glossed over and less dramatic. Maybe I've just romanticized my memories of Little Women? I think a re-read has just been added to my 2019 to confirm.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    This is a comics adaptation of the nineteenth century classic written by Rey Terciero and illustrated by Bre Indigo, modernized to include email exchanges and making the family blended and Jo lesbian. I just read Spider-Gwen, and there will now be a black woman Bond, so it's all good. Some of the basic themes and emotional highs and lows of the original are touched on here, and I did like Jo here just fine, but I thought the writing was not up to par, pretty sappy, and the correspondingly LW-lit This is a comics adaptation of the nineteenth century classic written by Rey Terciero and illustrated by Bre Indigo, modernized to include email exchanges and making the family blended and Jo lesbian. I just read Spider-Gwen, and there will now be a black woman Bond, so it's all good. Some of the basic themes and emotional highs and lows of the original are touched on here, and I did like Jo here just fine, but I thought the writing was not up to par, pretty sappy, and the correspondingly LW-lite art was more juvenile than I had hoped. So, yeah, I was disappointed, and yes, I grew up in a house with sisters so the book was in the house and we read it and loved it, and I have seen different film adaptations and loved them, and I am a big fan of comics adaptations of classics in general, but this version was just not for me. However, my daughter L, 12, LOVED this book, has read it now three times, and insisted I 1) read it asap and 2) buy it for her for some appropriate gifting occasion, which I will do, so I will bump this up from my own 2 stars to 3 stars, (and no, won't lie to her about my feelings about it, if she asks, but will willingly offer to read the original with her and see movie versions of it with her, yay). I'm not in the target audience for this adaptation, that's part of it, so the authors will care not a whit what I think of it, probably. She loves it, and IS in their target audience, middle grades, I think, so okay! The system works!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars I really enjoyed this retelling of Little Women! I thought the author did a wonderful job making this story modern and diverse, nothing felt forced. Everything naturally fell into place. It was nice to sit back and spend time with my little women again. I wish there was a teen version of them when they are older, I wanted to see Amy grow up! Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥ 4 stars I really enjoyed this retelling of Little Women! I thought the author did a wonderful job making this story modern and diverse, nothing felt forced. Everything naturally fell into place. It was nice to sit back and spend time with my little women again. I wish there was a teen version of them when they are older, I wanted to see Amy grow up! Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma Shacoconut

    I love Little Women, but I do think only really clicks with me when set during the Civil War. Modern adaptations have failed to grab me, and this one is no exception. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy...means well. The illustrations are pretty and bright, and changing the Marches to a biracial family was a concept that worked in some places, if not all. The problem is that the story doesn't seem to be written from a point of view that can love the characters, while also allowing them to struggle - everythi I love Little Women, but I do think only really clicks with me when set during the Civil War. Modern adaptations have failed to grab me, and this one is no exception. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy...means well. The illustrations are pretty and bright, and changing the Marches to a biracial family was a concept that worked in some places, if not all. The problem is that the story doesn't seem to be written from a point of view that can love the characters, while also allowing them to struggle - everything they get needs to be out of nowhere and simply because They Are The March Girls! (Another aspect that grated a little was that constant refrain of "Don't mess with the March girls!" "We're the March sisters!". In the original, the sisters managed to have a close bond without having to constantly state it.) I appreciated the addition of (view spoiler)[Jo's coming out storyline, since it seemed well intentioned and parts of it worked just fine (hide spoiler)] , however, Jo's voice was incredibly irritating to me the entire book. Her journal entries were flat and poorly written (a note to writers: rarely do people begin to write out a sentence, then trail off like they would in spoken conversations), and the majority of her dialogue featured randomly inserted buzzwords, as if to say, "it's the 21st century!! feminism, amirite kids?". Social issues can be dealt with in young adult literature as long as they are brought into conversations organically, and not phrased like pull-quotes from essays, which so many of Jo's lines sounded like. The author also seemed afraid of giving her flaws, instead making her as selfless, caring, and cultured as possible. To paraphrase The Office, "There's no character growth here!" The dialogue ranged from either slightly adorable to eye-roll prompting for me. Why was Meg, a caring older sister who often felt insecure about her family's financial status, reduced to someone who said the phrase, "I'm going to/want to marry rich!" in nearly EVERY. SINGLE. CHAPTER. No one speaks like that! (view spoiler)[Also, her sudden decision to become a lawyer...came out of nowhere. I didn't understand it even after it was explained. (hide spoiler)] Beth seemed like a whole new character as well - apart from one chapter, she was fairly outgoing and strangely sassy. (view spoiler)[Her storyline, featuring a leukemia diagnosis instead of scarlet fever, was one of the few actually effective changes, because it still made for an emotional, yet uniting for the family, event. The head shaving scene was heartwarming and worth a star on its own. (hide spoiler)] Amy's portrayal here was great, though! Still her vain, sweet, charming self. Laurie was basically nonexistent, Aunt March had her moments but her importance to the plot seemed to be misunderstood, and there was a strange lack of Marmee in the girls' lives. While there are other parts of the book I just didn't enjoy - random introduction of never-before-mentioned characters, name changes that didn't make any sense, and AWFUL characterization of Mr. Brooke (view spoiler)[who was changed to be rich and scornful of Meg's career?? Caring husband and father John Brooke would NEVER (hide spoiler)] - I'm going to end by saying I'm sad I didn't enjoy this more. A lot of potential that ended up letting me down as an adaptation and cohesive story itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Yes, Rey Terciero's 2019 graphic novel Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women does definitely and indeed contain some if not even many of the general thematics of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 Little Women (that the March family's father is away serving in the United States army but this time and unlike in Little Women of course not with the Union Army during the US Civil War but somewhere in the Middle East, that the modern incarnation of Meg March still d Yes, Rey Terciero's 2019 graphic novel Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women does definitely and indeed contain some if not even many of the general thematics of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 Little Women (that the March family's father is away serving in the United States army but this time and unlike in Little Women of course not with the Union Army during the US Civil War but somewhere in the Middle East, that the modern incarnation of Meg March still desires first and foremost to be married, that Jo March again presents herself as both a reader and an emerging writer, that Beth is shy, reserved, devoted to her music and finally that the youngest March sister Amy and like in Little Women also considers herself in Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women in an often overly inflatedly positive and "I am the greatest thing since sliced bread" type of manner). And indeed, just like with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, when in Rey Terciero's Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women, two real and horrible family crises appear proverbially out of the blue (with the father being severely injured in action and Beth being diagnosed with leukaemia), the often squabbling amongst themselves March sisters realise what is important to and for them to come collectively together to fight for both ailing Beth and for the injured father, thereby cementing and strengthening their family ties and their love, their understanding of one another. Now since Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is and remains one of my absolutely favourite both childhood and adulthood reads, I did pretty well realise from even the title Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women that Rey Terciero's graphic novel would as a totally contemporary, decidedly 21st century adaptation of Little Women not likely be in any manner even remotely as magical, as emotionally charged and indeed as meaningful as Louisa May Alcott's original narrative has always been to and for me. For quite frankly, I really do tend to usually not enjoy modern remakes of classic novels and especially so if said novels have always been personal favourites. However, even with my trepidations regarding Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women, and even though I was pretty sure that I would in no way be able to truly love Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women, I was still interested enough to sign the novel out of the library and to give it a try (and of course, I was also hoping that a goodly amount of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women textual and descriptive magic would still be at least partially present in Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women and enough so for perhaps even a high three star personal reading experience). But no indeed, this has certainly been rather majorly wishful thinking on my part. For after having now completed Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women (and I actually even read this two times just to be sure of my reaction), I have to sadly and with frustration admit that I have not been able to either enjoy or even all that much appreciate what Rey Terciero has penned and rendered with Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women, finding most of his presented text annoying and uncomfortable (especially that aside from Beth being similarly sweet and delightful as she appears in Little Women, the other March sisters all rather act and behave as pretty shallow and often as much too mean spirited and constantly bickering and fighting amongst themselves, with particularly Amy generally feeling to and for me like a caricature of extreme brattiness and full-of-herself overconfidence, not to mention often unacceptable rudeness and a total lack of even basic manners, something that is definitely NOT the case in Little Women, as while Amy might indeed be a bit of a spoiled brat at times in Little Women, she is also not the cardboard thin mannerless little monster girl she seems to much too regularly present herself as being in Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women). And while, yes, I do well know that especially Jo and Amy have their differences and sibling rivalry squabbles in Little Women, even with differences of opinion and occasional brouhahas, Louisa May Alcott's narrative ALWAYS shows that first and foremost, the March sisters love and cherish one another. But sorry and in my humble opinion, in Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women (and indeed even though the March sisters do finally come through and work together to help Beth beat leukaemia and the father recover from being severely injured in action), too much of the day-to-day existences of especially Jo and Amy (and even to a certain extent Meg) seem to rather consist of snarkiness, of being nasty and opinionated towards each other, of bickering over everything and anything and to the extent that Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women gets pretty tedious and boring and rather like reading a typical "mean girls" narrative, something that does not interest me and something that certainly is equally NOT how I would ever consider Louisa May Alcott's Little Women). Combined with the fact that I have also not really enjoyed Bre Indigo's accompanying artwork, and in particular both find Meg rendered as much too adult and mature looking for her age and the way in which Amy has been drawn downright horrible and aesthetically ugly (as to my eyes, Bre Indigo makes Amy appear like a strange looking chubby toddler with always and constantly evilly staring eyes), I really cannot say that Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women has in any manner been an enjoyable reading experience for me (and indeed, I also and sadly do thus very much consider Ray Terciero's text and Bre Indigo's illustrations as rather substandard adaptations of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and also not in any manner truly positive tributes to both the author and her novel). And the only reason that I am still rating Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women with two stars and not one star is that for one, I do appreciate that with Beth March, Rey Terciero has thankfully kept her as sweet and as lovable as the Beth March of Little Women (and yes, I also enjoy that Beth recovers from her leukaemia in Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women, although of course, her cancer is not cured but is just in remission) and that for two, I do think that it makes sense for Rey Terciero's Jo March to out herself as being Lesbian (for while in my opinion, Louisa May Alcott's Jo March would not make sense as a Lesbian, the Jo March of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women, indeed, her being gay does feel natural and I am also glad that this is textually shown and not just vaguely hinted at or alluded to).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    "Bring it on, life. March girls can take anything you throw at us." Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel is a retelling of the classic Little Women. The familiar plot line is captured with a fun present-day twist as it incorporates parental overseas deployment, a multiracial blended family, chemotherapy, coming out as gay, cell phones, email, snapchat photos, and more. Creative liberties were taken when connecting the dots as to how the March sisters came to be a family which I th "Bring it on, life. March girls can take anything you throw at us." Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel is a retelling of the classic Little Women. The familiar plot line is captured with a fun present-day twist as it incorporates parental overseas deployment, a multiracial blended family, chemotherapy, coming out as gay, cell phones, email, snapchat photos, and more. Creative liberties were taken when connecting the dots as to how the March sisters came to be a family which I thought was a nice touch, and there was a bit of real-life history included as the 1970's alliance between the LGBTQ community and the Black Panther Party was discussed. In my opinion, this retelling is both similar enough and different enough to keep a variety of readers' interest. Although written for young readers, I enjoyed this graphic novel very much as an adult. Vibrant illustrations tell the narrative just as well as the written word, and messages about the strength of family run strong. My favorite element of this book was showing how people can change. Whether it's projecting intolerance and judgment on others or targeting others to take the attention off of yourself, with a gentle touch the creators of this graphic novel show that change is possible. Although I strongly support drawing impenetrable boundaries with harmful people, it's OK to have hope that one day things will be different. Hope keeps us going, and Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy do a great job of gifting the healing power of hope to young readers. My favorite quote: "At some point, you're going to encounter intolerance. When that happens, I want you to hold your head high and be proud of who you are. The world's gotten a lot better, but it still has a ways to go. Until then, know that you are never alone."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wyatt

    This was SO SO SO good! Awesome female characters, a diverse family. Somehow covered so many topics including poverty, bullying, lgbtq+, cancer, disability, love all in just this one book without feeling like it was trying too hard. I have to confess--I haven't actually read Little Women, so I can't compare it to the original. But just as a stand-alone graphic novel, this was so good!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Brinkman

    "We are the March sisters, we can do anything." This year hasn't been the easiest for the Marchs. With their father overseas, they all work overtime to make ends meet and that's not even considering their own personal struggles. But school woes, health scares, boy troubles, and simply feeling lost can't keep them down, so long as that they've got each other. So they can take anything the next year throws at them, right? A story of sisters and sisters and sisters and sisters. Louisa May Alcott's be "We are the March sisters, we can do anything." This year hasn't been the easiest for the Marchs. With their father overseas, they all work overtime to make ends meet and that's not even considering their own personal struggles. But school woes, health scares, boy troubles, and simply feeling lost can't keep them down, so long as that they've got each other. So they can take anything the next year throws at them, right? A story of sisters and sisters and sisters and sisters. Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic like you've never seen it before. Trigger warnings for bullying, racism, racial slurs, injury, cancer, and homophobia. Loving, caring Meg knew how to take charge. A very responsible young woman, she often became like a second mother to her sisters. She had a good head her shoulders, but that didn't mean she didn't give into dreams of fashion, Prince charming, and high society. It was nice to see the hard-working girl see where her dreams would take her. Bold, forthright Jo struggled with the secret she kept. The young writer could often be found with her head in a book. Honesty was one of her core values, and she worried about being accepted for being herself. Wether exuberantly happy or stupendously frustrated, she felt things very deeply. Jo will always be dear to my heart. Sweet, quiet Beth had songs bursting from her heart. Easily frightened, she possessed more confidence than she, and especially others knew. Kind-hearted and talented, she inspired everyone she met. Loud, opinionated Amy was a girl you heard before you saw her. Her big personality hid her vulnerable, always worrying heart. The baby of the family, she could be a bit immature, but extremely lovable. The little artist was not afraid to be herself. Who can you count on in this world if not your sister? Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy did their fair share of bickering, but it was never long before they were back to comforting each other. Loyal to it's roots, this retelling honed in on the girls' strong, ever-deepening bonds. Through trial after trial, this blended family always had each other's backs. From their compassionate mother to their wise, strong father, to friendly Laurie and his grandfather, to pragmatic Aunt Cath, the side characters, like the girls, were themselves, yet different. I was so happy to see so many POC's within the cast. However, with the exception of Laurie, I found myself wanting so much more character development from them. A true friend to the girls, Laurie won my heart. Numerous movie adaptations, retellings, fictionalized biographies, I never miss an opportunity to spend more time with the March sisters, so when I saw this graphic novel, I had to read it. Immediately upon opening this book, the girl's individual personalities began shining through the page. Bright, colorful illustrations helped bring the story of family, love, sisterhood, friendship, and loyalty to life. Fast paced, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy touched on appreciating the life you have, helping others, and discovering your individuality and core values. Emails and the girls' diaries were nice modern touches, but they became a bit info dumpy at times. Full of pop culture references and real world issues, Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo's retelling still held on to the very heart of the original. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy was a sweet retelling of the fictionalized sisters that have forever remained in my heart.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I'm not quite sure what the authors/illustrators were trying to accomplish with this. At times, it adhered strictly to the original story...and at others, it threw everything of the original out the window in favor of unfamiliar characterization and modern-day moralizing. It seemed what this book really wanted to be was somewhere in between...and it just didn't quite get there.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Reading this and seeing the new Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, I just kept thinking, “What is the goal of adaptations?” Books into movies, I get. They bring the book to life and reach a wider audience who will either seek out the book, or never read anyways but now have this way to hear the story. I LOVED the most recent movie. But I am really struggling with how some books are being rewrritten or turned into graphic novels. A small part of me likes the idea of the author paying homage t Reading this and seeing the new Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, I just kept thinking, “What is the goal of adaptations?” Books into movies, I get. They bring the book to life and reach a wider audience who will either seek out the book, or never read anyways but now have this way to hear the story. I LOVED the most recent movie. But I am really struggling with how some books are being rewrritten or turned into graphic novels. A small part of me likes the idea of the author paying homage to their favorite work and changing plot points as they see fit. What reader hasn’t questioned an author’s choices or wished a book went differently? And everyone has that book they just want MORE of. More of the characters, more of the world. But more often with adaptations, I feel irritated and like they just would have left well enough alone. When do the author's rights come into play, whether dead or alive? Do they? This is one of those cases. I get graphic novels that are adaptations (such as To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel) are often seen as a gateway drug so to speak to the "real thing." Graphic novels are also needed and important in their own right. As a teacher and a reader myself, I never frown down upon them and enjoy reading them myself. Case in point, the new Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel. While to me personally the original novel will always be better, it does a wonderful job of capturing SO much of the essence of the book. The illustrations are beautiful and reflect Anne’s love of nature. The most important plot points are not changed, but simply edited for a younger reader. I have one student who read that book and is now thrilled to hear there are seven more books about Anne. Mission accomplished. This just didn’t work for me though. They bastardized and cheapened the story. I think it’s more than one thing. The illustrations just felt too juvenile. The emails to their dad felt like an info dump. The authors tried to rush everything they needed to move the story along in these unnatural emails. Then the modernization. I’m also not totally opposed to modernization in adaptations but I do think it is hard to pull off and not often necessary. Little Women, as with many classics, has themes that are universally relatable across generations. Women trying to find their place in the world, the effects of war, the importance of friendship, and the struggles of poverty. These are timeless themes but with them being timeless, I have to question why then do you have to update the time period? What is it adding the story? Can’t you trust readers---even young readers---to connect to and analyze the time period? I kinda hated how for every plot point in Little Women they had to find a similar parallel in 2019. Instead of the Civil War, the dad is stationed in Iraq. Instead of playing the piano, Beth plays the guitar. Some small and some big changes. But wouldn’t it be more meaningful to keep it set in the 1800s and have the reader learn something about the time period as well as find a way to understand that human struggles may change on the surface but are generally the same. Then the biggest change. (view spoiler)[ Jo is revealed to be gay. Ray Terciero said in an interview, “Their struggles felt universal to me, especially feeling like I always had less than others. So it’s an absolute honor to be writing a re-telling of it. But [artist] Bre [Indigo] and I wanted to see ourselves in the characters too, which is why we made the family diverse and one of the characters LGBTQ. Jo is my favorite, so I wanted to play with the subtext that may not have been available 150 years ago, but that we can speak openly about these days. Being LGBT myself, I’m just happy to be creating a book that I wish I could have read as a young reader.” It’s possible that Alcott did feel Jo was gay, but couldn’t write it that way because of the times. I don’t personally think this is the case, but I just don’t think it is for us to decide. We can debate it all we want, but actually going so far as to change the story this much feels wrong to me. I try to read diversely and I think we need to hear own voices fiction and non-fiction from POC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups more than we do. I agree with Terciero that her voice and LGBTQ stories should be represented, but, respectfully, write a new story then. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    laura (bookies & cookies)

    I, WOW. Just wow. As someone who was first introduced to the 1994 classic movie, dodged endless terrible adaptations, looked forward to new ones, AND read the book that started it all (as a precocious 13 year old who lugged it around to the playground hang out spot), this book is DEAD-ON. WOW. I don't know what to say, but every little detail is included, even Amy's limes! It's a new twist, the March sisters live in Brooklyn in a small apartment and their dad is fighting in the Iraq. Jo is submitti I, WOW. Just wow. As someone who was first introduced to the 1994 classic movie, dodged endless terrible adaptations, looked forward to new ones, AND read the book that started it all (as a precocious 13 year old who lugged it around to the playground hang out spot), this book is DEAD-ON. WOW. I don't know what to say, but every little detail is included, even Amy's limes! It's a new twist, the March sisters live in Brooklyn in a small apartment and their dad is fighting in the Iraq. Jo is submitting short stories to publications, Beth plays guitar and writes her own songs, Amy draws cartoons and plays video games, Meg is into fashion and is concerned about their money. Jo is from her Mom's first marriage, Meg is from her Dad's, and they form a new, larger family together. It was fun, it was light-hearted, it was current, it was accessible. One of the main characters is gay. Beth has leukemia instead of small pox. All around, wow. (view spoiler)[Also, Beth doesn't die! I've never cried so hard when Jo was staring into the mirror contemplating her life. And, I never knew I needed to see the March women walk in the Women's March until this moment. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cressida

    Oh, I had such high expectations! But ultimately, it was hard to look past that this Little Women adaptation had a very thin coat of diversity painted on top of it. Like, if 99% of LW readers identify with Jo, then why is she the one white sister? Let's make Teddy Latino and the landlord Orthodox Jewish (btw THAT felt weirdly reliant on old stereotypes.) And the picking-and-choosing of which original LW plots to follow as opposed to 're-telling' was hard for this fan to get past. I admire the at Oh, I had such high expectations! But ultimately, it was hard to look past that this Little Women adaptation had a very thin coat of diversity painted on top of it. Like, if 99% of LW readers identify with Jo, then why is she the one white sister? Let's make Teddy Latino and the landlord Orthodox Jewish (btw THAT felt weirdly reliant on old stereotypes.) And the picking-and-choosing of which original LW plots to follow as opposed to 're-telling' was hard for this fan to get past. I admire the attempt and will be curious to how readers who have never read the original work find the story --- but for me, I was sorely disappointed. Oh well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Romie

    I haven't read little women yet, but it doesn't mean I was able to really enjoy this graphic novel! I loved reading about these sisters who are all so different but love each other so much! I loved that it dealt with racism and homophobia, something I hadn't expected! now I'm even more excited to pick up the book it was inspired by!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers The March family lives in a brownstone in the city. Their mother is a harried hospital nurse, and their father is fighting overseas. Things are economically tough, and each girl has their own wishes for Christmas that don't come true. Jo, whose biological father left when she was a baby but who was adopted by Robert March when he married her mother, what great literature. Meg, the oldest, wants the latest fashion. Beth, the quiet musicia February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers The March family lives in a brownstone in the city. Their mother is a harried hospital nurse, and their father is fighting overseas. Things are economically tough, and each girl has their own wishes for Christmas that don't come true. Jo, whose biological father left when she was a baby but who was adopted by Robert March when he married her mother, what great literature. Meg, the oldest, wants the latest fashion. Beth, the quiet musician, wants her own guitar, and bratty Amy just wants everything. When wealthy neighbor Mr. Marquez invites them to share Christmas dinner with him, they meet his grandson, Laurie. There are triumphs and tragedies along the way that echo the ones in Alcott's book but are modernized. Several things do change, such as the trajectory of Beth's disease and of Meg's romance, and a surprise announcement from Jo. Strengths: The events are convincingly updated with added diversity. The characters stay fairly true to form. The illustrations are quite nice, and the colors are good. There are some e mails and journal entries that help explain some more complicated events, like how the family was created. It remains, as always, a good tale of sisterhood and finding yourself in the face of adversity. Weaknesses: Readers who love the original won't necessarily like some of the updates, but since few people under the age of 50 have read the original, it's not really a concern. What I really think: I didn't buy Schaefer's 2017 Littler Women: A Modern Retelling and Baratz-Logstead's 2012 Little Women and Me doesn't circulate too well (although it is SUPER clever and fun). The Anne of Green Gables graphic novel I have goes out occasionally, but it's a paperback and doesn't have this look to it. If your library can't keep Telgemeier and Jamieson books on the shelf, this would be a good purchase, but I don't think it will necessarily encourage readers to pick up the original. I prefer updates to original stories that are more along the lines of Jason Henderson's Young Captain Nemo-- more reimaginings than retellings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    Little Women is a seminal book for me, and I've found myself to be completely incapable of objectivity when it comes to adaptations or retellings. Thankfully I've really liked most of the film adaptations, but since I'm not a fan of retellings, I picked up this copy from my library with a fair amount of trepidation. This graphic novel is targeted at middle grade readers, and as an adult reader it was a tad too twee in places, but oh so fun. The story is updated and set in modern times with a blen Little Women is a seminal book for me, and I've found myself to be completely incapable of objectivity when it comes to adaptations or retellings. Thankfully I've really liked most of the film adaptations, but since I'm not a fan of retellings, I picked up this copy from my library with a fair amount of trepidation. This graphic novel is targeted at middle grade readers, and as an adult reader it was a tad too twee in places, but oh so fun. The story is updated and set in modern times with a blended family, and while some of the dialogue was a tad on the nose, I think it's spot on for its target audience. Ditto in regards to the illustration style - cute, colorful, and fun. I really liked this one, and am delighted that I took the risk and read a modern retelling, a comic no less!, of a much beloved book. This would be a lovely gift for the tweens in your life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Barry

    "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" a Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo — I am so overwhelmed, and in such a positive and empowering way. "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" is absolutely magical, and, in my opinion, a nearly PERFECT modern retelling of "Little Women" which is steeped in research of the original book itself, but also the Author, Louisa May Alcott, and her family. As a historian of Alcott myself, I could see and pick up on all the beautiful references of the original text that the authors l "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" a Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo — I am so overwhelmed, and in such a positive and empowering way. "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" is absolutely magical, and, in my opinion, a nearly PERFECT modern retelling of "Little Women" which is steeped in research of the original book itself, but also the Author, Louisa May Alcott, and her family. As a historian of Alcott myself, I could see and pick up on all the beautiful references of the original text that the authors left for new readers –even down to the year of publication, 1868! More over, this book is filled with beautiful and living tolerance. The March family is an interracial, blended family who struggle and succeed with love, loss, friendship, relationships, social justice, sickness, and even a parent in the armed forces! This novel packs a punch to the emotions and ties it all together with so much humor, Grace, and amazing pop-culture and history references that I finished it in mere hours. This is a book I will reread over and over again and I would recommend it to any person, especially a young person, trying to figure out who they are. Also, the intersectional female empowerment in this book is EARTH SHATTERING. Do not walk, run to your nearest independent bookstore and pick up a copy. Read it with your mom, sister, partner, best friend, ANYONE. And then talk about it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Little Women, fixed! So much better than the original novel! Rey Terciero pulls the cast into the modern day, adds diversity, and jettisons all the awful, sexist social morals of the 19th century. And good riddance to them. Other stuff had to go too, for space. I missed the focus on Jo's writing and the sister's plays. I was happy to see that Laurie, the little punk, was mostly sidelined. Wisely, this graphic novel adapts only the first part of the novel, meaning the new story doesn't have to rush Little Women, fixed! So much better than the original novel! Rey Terciero pulls the cast into the modern day, adds diversity, and jettisons all the awful, sexist social morals of the 19th century. And good riddance to them. Other stuff had to go too, for space. I missed the focus on Jo's writing and the sister's plays. I was happy to see that Laurie, the little punk, was mostly sidelined. Wisely, this graphic novel adapts only the first part of the novel, meaning the new story doesn't have to rush too much as it just covers a year in the life of the Marches. (Even so, some scenes are a little abrupt and awkward.) Most importantly, there is the potential for a sequel. Yes, please! (p.s., I also recommend the new movie by Greta Gerwig. It managed to fix the flow and the ending of the novel.)

  21. 5 out of 5

    India

    I feel like if this was just a story of a blended family overcoming obstacles and finding themselves I would have enjoyed it far more. Being an adaptation of Little Women brought with it a bit of back story, baggage, and reader knowledge that I don’t think translated as well as I would have liked. That being said, the illustrations are gorgeous, the plot was relevant, and it was an overall fun read. I didn’t love it, but I liked it and I’m glad it’s here for readers who want a bit of social and p I feel like if this was just a story of a blended family overcoming obstacles and finding themselves I would have enjoyed it far more. Being an adaptation of Little Women brought with it a bit of back story, baggage, and reader knowledge that I don’t think translated as well as I would have liked. That being said, the illustrations are gorgeous, the plot was relevant, and it was an overall fun read. I didn’t love it, but I liked it and I’m glad it’s here for readers who want a bit of social and political commentary mixed into their classics.

  22. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    The March sisters live in contemporary Brooklyn with their mother, a nurse, in a five-floor walk-up apartment. Their dad is away from home with the army in the Middle East and all the girls miss him terribly. Money is tight and eldest girl Meg dreams of marrying a rich man so she can quit her job; Jo wants to read every Pulitzer Prize winning novel and write one herself; sweet, shy Beth has a passion for music but can't bring herself to perform in public, while youngest sister Amy is fabulous th The March sisters live in contemporary Brooklyn with their mother, a nurse, in a five-floor walk-up apartment. Their dad is away from home with the army in the Middle East and all the girls miss him terribly. Money is tight and eldest girl Meg dreams of marrying a rich man so she can quit her job; Jo wants to read every Pulitzer Prize winning novel and write one herself; sweet, shy Beth has a passion for music but can't bring herself to perform in public, while youngest sister Amy is fabulous the way she is but would love to be an artist or play video games for a living. The girls navigate friendships and the opposite sex. face challenges in school, at work, fight with each other at home as all girls do. When a real crisis arises, the sisters have to look at what is important in their lives and come together as a family to survive the challenges life throws at them. I am not the target audience for this book and I know and love the original too much to have enjoyed this adaptation of Little Women. ps. Those of you missing Beth's death scene are remembering the novel wrong. Beth survives scarlet fever in Part I but dies LATER of secondary causes in Part 2 (Good Wives). Modern Beth could die an untimely death too but this adaptation only includes Part 1. (ends at Chapter 23 and Meg's engagement to John). What I did not like First, the girls were SO mean to each other! Jo is incredibly snarky and while I WOULD speak to my sisters they way she does, I would never ever dream of speaking to my aunt to her face the things Jo says to her. In the original novel, Jo knows she has to put up with Aunt March if they want any of Aunt March's money. She needs the job and if she sasses Aunt March, Jo won't have a job. I also found Meg to be super whiny and a bit too obsessed with the "someday my prince will come" attitude for a modern young woman. Amy is absolutely horrid! She acts really immature for her age. Her overconfidence is astounding and her sassiness is downright rude. The original Amy may have be bratty at times but she wants to be a fine lady and has manners. This modern Amy has absolutely zero manners. Her mother and sisters let her get away with the most appalling behavior. The graphic novel format just doesn't do justice to the story. Mom has to force the girls to go to a soup kitchen on Christmas instead of asking them to give up their breakfast. There are no lovely speeches from Marmee, no advice on controlling one's temper and hardly any loving Marmee at all. She works a lot. I also didn't get much of the development of Laurie's storyline. Why does he want to kiss Jo all of a sudden when it seems more like he's friends with all the girls? He isn't a poor little rich boy. His grandfather loves him a lot and they live in the same building as the Marches. Jo's reason for not wanting to kiss Laurie does not correspond to the original. Louisa's Jo's feelings of not wanting to grow up and change are part of what makes her an enduring heroine. The relationship doesn't develop well. Neither does Meg and Brookes. The original is so lovely with John helping to care for Father and bringing Father home, then going off to prove himself fighting in the Civil War. (I did like parts of the relationship stories which I shall get to in a moment). Amy is being bullied in school. I did not like the mean girl plot and found the mean girl SHOCKING and APPALLING! You mean to tell me all through elementary school Amy has been bullied like this and not ONE adult has stepped in? This does not correspond to the pickled limes chapter. Aunt Cath. What bug crawled up her butt? She acts completely awful in the first half of the book. Then she does a 180 and becomes a nicer person. I missed the cozy charm of the little old farmhouse in Concord and the simplicity of life in the 19th century, even though women lacked choices and opportunities, as Jo nicely points out. I'm not a crazy fan of the art work either. The people don't look realistic at all. Amy looks like a toddler and I kept confusing Meg with an adult. Mom looks like a mom though. What I did like The modern setting of Brooklyn allows the illustrators to make the Marches and their neighbors a diverse cast of characters. Meg and Jo are not biological siblings but they act like sisters anyway. Jo and her mom are white and Meg and her dad are black while Beth and Amy are biracial and brown skinned. Laurie and his grandfather are brown Latinos and other characters reflect the diversity of modern life. Meg's choice. It's not 1868 anymore, as Jo points out. In 1868 a girl was limited to her home, her family and maybe 2-3 eligible men in the area. She made the best of whatever man she chose to marry and that was it. Today girls of 17 are not expected to marry and don't have to marry for money. Jo's secret isn't much of a surprise but it also doesn't correspond to Jo or Louisa herself. I was expecting something a little different but similar. I did appreciate her coming to terms with it and preaching about tolerance. Her speeches got rather corny at the end but obviously this is geared for 12-year-olds and not adults. Beth!!!!!!!!!!!!! A million stars for Beth! I just adore her so much and want to hug her sweet little nerdy self. Adorable Beth is not as shy as her original counterpart. In fact she's not that shy expect for her music. She has a passion for music and thinks it sounds better on vinyl. She loves Disney movies and not scary horror movies and is generally the sweetest and best of her sisters, without being a do-gooder or nauseating Victorian angel. She is content to be a nerd. Beth does dream of growing up and her illness corresponds very well to the original scarlet fever. What the sisters do for her during her illness is wonderful and more true to the spirit of the original novel. The e-mails to Dad. Dad sounds like an amazing man! I can see why Mom fell in love with him. I don't feel the same way about her but maybe that was deliberate on behalf of the writers. Here it is Dad who is the big influence on the girls and teaches them important lessons. The e-mails are very sweet and really develop the charaLittler Women: A Modern Retellingcters' personalities. Kennedy. Kennedy is supposed to correspond to Sallie Moffatt. She does not thankfully. I was pleasantly surprised by her. The blink and you miss it Jane Austen Easter Egg. Look at Aunt Cath's ring. Final verdict Read the original. If you have young girls in your life unable to get through the original just yet, give them The Penderwicks The Sisters Club If you're an adult looking for a good modern retelling try The Little Women Letters

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    While I love the idea of the March family becoming a mixed race blended family, the writing in this lacked any of the warmth of the original. Jo's writing in her journal wasn't good, so how are we supposed to believe that she's going to be this great writer. Beth's character was virtually unrecognizable due to her personality. And Laurie was basically a background character.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    A little preachy / heavy-handed with the messages, but otherwise a great retelling. The changes to the story made it much more appealing to me than the original. And I found all of the characters to be more likeable in this format / retelling.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    I loved it so much!! I haven't read Little Women but I did see the movie and this did have the same vibe, just a modern update

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I think this will have great appeal for fans of Smile and similiar GNs, it was enjoyable and the art style was appealing. I just felt like it tried to cram so much in, blended interracial family, economic struggles, racism, sexuality, woman's rights, that it felt like tokenism on parade at times. They could have made this a series, still included all the things, but dealt with each more indepth.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This was not for me but I think that if you go into not expecting the magic of the original, you may like it a lot more then. For me though this was not what I was wanting and I was left very disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    jacqueline

    so heartwarming!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Siena

    Wow I’m crying in the club right now??? “Little Women” was the first classic I ever loved (I wore the spine out of my abridged edition in elementary school) but I always resigned myself to the fact that there was no room for me as a biracial baby in its story. So it makes me so soft to see an adaptation with a mixed-race family 🥺 I want to go back in time and give this to baby Siena, she would be so happy!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A fantastic update to a classic story, one that I read again and again as a tween and teen. I love how Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo brought the March sisters' story into 21st-century Brooklyn - a mixed race family, a father serving in the Middle East, LGBTQ themes, Beth loving Nina Simone and Jo loving Jeffrey Eugenides and Toni Morrison - the list goes on and on. One of the sweet spots for this reader was Meg's journal at the end, reminding us that "A hundred years ago, a girl didn't have a lot A fantastic update to a classic story, one that I read again and again as a tween and teen. I love how Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo brought the March sisters' story into 21st-century Brooklyn - a mixed race family, a father serving in the Middle East, LGBTQ themes, Beth loving Nina Simone and Jo loving Jeffrey Eugenides and Toni Morrison - the list goes on and on. One of the sweet spots for this reader was Meg's journal at the end, reminding us that "A hundred years ago, a girl didn't have a lot of choices." These March sisters have so many more choices than Louisa May Alcott's originals, and I love their sense of passion and purpose as they pursue their goals and demonstrate their bravery and unity and love, as a family. Beautifully done.

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