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  1. Nicole, I laughed out loud when I read your review. I think you are probably right about the moralizing angle. It's funny to me because I highlighted this book last week as one of my favorites from the age of 10. Let me admit that I have not read it since probably my late teens. At that time, it seemed sweet and touching. I wonder now how I might react to it at the age of 52. Or maybe it's just the time of your life or where you are in your life at this moment. I think sometimes we need the comfort, the stickiness of sentiment, and at other times, we roll our eyes. Such are the journeys we all take with books. I'm so pleased you shared your thoughts on this book. Louisa May Alcott is definitely the classic author of the moment I think.
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  2. Oh my! I'm sorry this book left such a terrible impression on you, but I have to admit to chuckling as I read your review. I've felt that way about Joan Dideon's The Year of Magical Thinking a few years ago, but I am surprised that Alcott did it to you. I LOVED Little Women and was hoping to re-read it this year for the fun of it.
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  3. Valerie

    I think that Alcott's books (except maybe her gothic novels) all have some degree of preaching and moralizing in them, even Little Women. Seems like An Old Fashioned Girl has more of it than usual!
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  4. I have never read a book by Alcott except Little Women because I was so disheartened by the way that one ended. I don't think I could read her again, but maybe I should give her another try. I've never heard of this book, though, and the quote you shared made ME want to gag, too. So… maybe not! :-)

    • I have always been infuriated by the end of Little Women. To this day, I am still not over it. She di the same thing in Eight Cousins when she killed off the lead romantic character and then had the main marry the boring a safe choice. Gah! I think that this one is worse than Little Women with the moralizing because this girl never had a bad thought and was always good. I think Little Men is the only Alcott that I have read without something questionable happening, but then it's a little boring.
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    • It probably won't kill your love for Little Women. Jo struggles so much with her behavior that she is never a good two shoes, and like we said on Twitter, they kill off Beth. The problem with this book is that Polly is just so eternally good and kind and annoying. There is no balance in this one.
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  5. I don't do preachy well either. For as much as I loved Little Women, it seems she's not overly fond of happy endings (OK, she doesn't seem to like them at all), but I still enjoyed the relationships of the sisters. I think I will be skipping this one though.
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  6. I read practically every LMA novel for girls multiple times when I was young, but my recollection is that this one wasn't one of my favorites, and I doubt I'd go back to it now. It's always interesting to see how time and maturity affect our view of these old favorites, though.

  7. Hi Nicole! LOL. I read this book about three years ago and I had to laugh when I read your review. Didn’t realise the book was that preachy. Well, I hope to read more of Louisa May Alcott’s books too, the unabridged versions though. I enjoyed the Little Men book too. :) Thanks for linking to my review, though it’s mostly a summary of this book!

  8. yo

    i actually loved this book, i thought it was really sweet, and i even cried in one part. but i’m only 15 and you sound older.

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