Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louise May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do.
The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live. As different as they are, with their father on tour in Iraq and their mother hiding something, their fears are very much the same. Struggling to build lives they can be proud of and that will lift them out of their humble station in life, one year will determine all that their futures can become.
The oldest, Meg, will be an officer’s wife and enter military society like so many of the women she admires. If her passion—and her reputation—don’t derail her.
Beth, the workhorse of the family, is afraid to leave the house, is afraid she’ll never figure out who she really is.
Jo just wants out. Wishing she could skip to graduation, she dreams of a life in New York City and a career in journalism where she can impact the world. Nothing can stop her—not even love.
And Amy, the youngest, is watching all her sisters, learning from how they handle themselves. For better or worse.
With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls revisits Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, and brings its themes of love, war, class, adolescence, and family into the language of the twenty-first century.
One of my favourite books growing up was Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. The classic tale of Amy, Beth, Jo and Meg was always one so close to my heart and a book I loved to read when I was all worn out. So, when I received an email at the start of December, saying that one of my favourite authors was releasing a retelling, I just had to get my hands on a copy. And I am honestly so glad that I did.
Girls are sometimes taught that it’s their job to be pretty and not to be smart. I wondered if boys were taught the same.
Anna Todd’s The Spring Girls is the coming-of-age story every teenage girl should be reading this year. It’s honest and haunting and true to its original telling, but with all the fun on the 21st century drama thrown into the works. The brilliant thing about Todd’s writing style is that she takes the story and makes it her own. And while the story is like the original in some ways, it’s got its own voice entirely. There were so many brilliant contemporary issues, such as bullying and slut-shaming, touched upon in the story, and it’s always amazing to see a light being shone into these areas. Perhaps my biggest love was the mentions to social anxiety. I feel there needs to be a bigger awareness behind this, as its still quite brushed off.
Characterisation of the four girls and their mother was a little blurry at times. Some of the characters didn’t feel fully developed, but it was a minor issue I was personally willing to overlook. I was amazed at how emerged I became within their story, and I could almost feel the passion and the tensions behind each one. Each girl brought something new to the story – each had her own things to deal with.
I do wish the pacing of the book had been a little different. Little Women was always book I read when I had time, as the pace of the story could slow me down and stretch my usual four-hour reading binge into weeks. For some reason, I expected the modernisation of the book to also speed up the pacing, but I was wrong.
You have to make your own adventures.
Looking back, this isn’t a book I will be in a rush to read again. I did really enjoy the plot and how each issue unwound and tied itself back up, but the slow pacing of the novel really surprised me. Yet, the portrayal of the sisters (although a little shaky at times) really made me feel for them. I was desperate to know what happened and just how it would all unfold for the girls. I am aware however, that the book faces a lot of untoward criticism, simply due to the fact it’s a modernisation of a beloved classic. My honest opinion is to give the book a go. People are always going to find a fault, but you’ll never know unless you try it.
Finally, a massive thank you to the people at Gallery Books for providing me with a copy of The Spring Girls. This review is the result of my most honest opinion. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.
In a books lifetime, the rights may pass along different publishing houses or be adapted into other languages for international sellers. It then falls down to each publishing house to buy the cover rights, or produce ones of their own. This leads to different cover designs for the same book.
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About the Author, Anna Todd!
Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.
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