Friday, January 26, 2018

My Thoughts: The Spring Girls by Anna Todd

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The Spring Girls
by Anna Todd
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Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781501130717
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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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.  (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The Spring Girls is the first book that I've ever read by Anna Todd, even though I've had quite a few of her older books on my TBR for a while now. I must admit that I'm a little bit intimidated by how many books are in her After series, so I always end up putting off starting it, but when I saw that The Spring Girls was a standalone novel, I was curious to give it a shot. It was an interesting read!

Ok, I should probably start this by saying that The Spring Girls is a modern-retelling of Little Women. I have not had the pleasure of reading Little Women before, and I've not seen and movie/tv adaptations for it either, so I absolutely cannot compare this story to that one in any way. (Actually, the only things I know about the original Little Women story are the spoilers mentioned on Friends. *grin*). That being said, other than knowing some of the names of the original characters, I basically went into this book completely blind, and not knowing at all what to expect.

One thing that I really liked most about the books was the characters. There were so many Spring girls: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and, of course, Meredith, the mom. I absolutely LOVE stories that have big families. The story is told from the perspective of three of the four sisters; Jo, Meg, and Beth. I enjoyed the different viewpoints, as each sister was so different from each other in their own way. They have this really awesome bond that I always hear that some sisters have, but have never actually seen in real life. They don't always get along, but that bond is still there, and so strong. All of the characters were interesting, but I found myself relating a LOT to Beth; especially with the anxiety issues. (I totally get it.) She's totally my favorite sister.

The storyline for the book was fluffy and entertaining, for the most part. I do feel at times that it was a little ramble-y at times, especially when describing things the simplest of things. There was a lot of extra detail that I felt really didn't need to be included, and I found myself skimming over most of these parts. (Was that just me?) Otherwise, I enjoyed the story, and I now definitely want to check out the original story as well.

Overall; I thought The Spring Girls was an interesting read, and it definitely made me want to check out the original Little Women for sure. I'm really curious to know what I will think of the story once I have read the original, and I'm curious to see what others thought of the books as well. I'm also curious to pick up the After series now as well. :)


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