Good for young adult historical fiction fans

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This is a retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, in which the four March sisters are black. It has been many years since I read the original book, so the reading Bethany Morrow’s version was like reading the story for the first time. I can’t compare the two, so I will leave that assessment to diehard fans of Alcott’s book.

Morrow does a nice job of developing each of the March sisters, as well as supporting characters. The prose overall is somewhat old-fashioned and a bit heavy, which is certainly in keeping with the writing style of the original book published in 1868. It slowed my reading pace at first, but once I became captivated by the story, the writing style became easier to read.

Readers interested in young adult historical fiction (although Little Women was actually a contemporary novel at the time it was published) will find much to appreciate here.