Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louisa 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.
„Christmas won´t be Christmas without any presents“, Jo declared from her spot on the rug.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite books of all time. It´s a classic that evokes a kind of empathy in the reader that is truly unique. Anna Todd recently released her new novel The Spring Girls, a retelling of Little Women, and I was very excited to get my hands on it…
First of all, I am a huge fan of Anna Todd´s works. After has its own special place in my heart and I will probably never ever find a series similar to this one. So if you haven´t read it, click here to get more information on the first of the After books.
Now, back to The Spring Girls. I had my troubles getting into the story. It is set off with Meredith telling all about her daughters as well as her husband and I found it quite tiresome to follow people´s stories based on short descriptions of their lives. Then, the reader gets to know the Spring Girls (Meredith´s four daughters) a little bit better. They all get their own personalities and still, I couldn´t quite feel with them the way I would have wanted to. There was some distance between the characters and me that I couldn´t quite eliminate during reading. If it was due to me having Little Women in the back of my head or the story being altered as if it was a necessity rather than a natural development, I can´t tell. But it feels like Anna Todd tries her best to stay close to the original while drifting away from it in the meantime…
But still… The Spring Girls is not too exciting, but a nice read nevertheless. What I really liked was the first sentence of Little Women being included in Anna Todd´s very own work. It made the story come to life in my head.
Christmas won´t be Christmas without any presents. Sigh…
Anna Todd´s style of writing is phenomenal as she has proven in various works already. She finds a special way of communicating with the reader. Emotions are right there presented to the readers on the plate and all they have to do is to grab them and try to find a way of dealing with them on their own. It´s like the reader´s a part of the story rather than a spectator only looking at it from the outside. But in this novel, the feelings are not necessarily attached to a certain protagonist but their actions or minor characters.
Anna Todd´s The Spring Girls is an entertaining read that turns the classic elements of Little Women into contemporary Fiction. I had a great time reading, although the major characters felt too distant. As if they were closing off their inner selves and most personal thoughts…
I award this book with:
** gekennzeichnete Verlinkung kennzeichne ich gemäß § 2 Nr.5 TMG als Werbung