Without a doubt my favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the lives of the four March girls living with their mother as their father fights in the Civil War. Each of the sisters represent a different personality and, as readers, we are all able to watch them grow and learn through the years. Josephine March is the outspoken "black sheep" of the family who constantly gets herself into sticky situations and stays fiercely loyal to her family. Margaret, the eldest March girl, stays completely focused throughout the book on finding a husband. Mary is the shy, sickly reserved sister. Jo always feels the need to protect little meek Mary. The last March sister, Amy, constantly gets caught up the need to be fashionable and cares far too much about what people think of her. These girls go through many ups and downs in the story, including a devastating death, but overall most of these sisters are all looking for stability and love in life. Jo, however, is not looking for love, but to broaden her career. Jo is the real reason why I love this book. She represents a modern woman and breaks the social constraints that many women of the 1800s felt. Jo is the perfect role model for any young girl and many critics even say that she represents the early roots of feminism in this country. Furthermore, the wide range of personalities in this book represent all the things a woman should be and all the trials she will probably go through in her life. This book is a beautiful representation of American life and literature in the 1800s and an absolute must read for anyone. It can even change your life like it did mine.--Marianne Farrell, '16
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