The Spring Girls by Anna Todd
Published by Gallery Books on January 2, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
First and foremost, please don’t let my rating fool you. Sometimes people see three stars and they immediately think that it is a negative review. That is definitely not the case. I enjoyed The Spring Girls and really thought it was written well. There was just something missing for me so in a sense, the rating is a bit false. I felt I needed to say that because I think a lot of people will like this book as long as you go into it with an open mind.
The Spring Girls is a modern day re-telling of The Little Women. I will admit that at first I struggled with the idea of using the original character names but in the end, I’m glad that Todd decided to do that. There are so many ways to re-tell a classic and a lot of times, the names are changed. So I think at first I was expecting that, but in the end, I think it worked better keeping the original names.
The girls are growing up in New Orleans. Their father is away on tour in Afghanistan and we get to see this modern day military family and how they cope and grow when one of their loved ones is away fighting for freedom. This story is told in multiple POVs, including all the sisters, the mother and a few others. It gives you a really good idea of how different each girl is and the struggles they go through. Since they are different ages, different things are important to them at this point in their life.
While I enjoyed each of their POVs, I just had a hard time connecting with most of them. As usual, Jo stands out and she was the easiest to connect with but the other’s kind of fell off the radar for me for some reason. I think that’s the downside to modernizing it. When you start throwing in cell phones and other materialistic things that are important to a 15 year old, it’s easier to disconnect. I know that sounds unfair to Todd because the original had the same but it was just a different era. I don’t know if I can really explain it well enough.
The only other thing that bothered me a bit was that I felt like some of the things I wanted to know towards the end were skimmed over or briefly touched and I felt like there needed to be a bit more. I know that I’m the minority here and again, I want to state that I really did enjoy this book and I think a lot of people will like it.
If you are looking for modern day re-telling of a classic that shows us about love, strength and loyalty, then you need to pick up The Spring Girls and read it. It won’t be just like Little Woman so through that notion out the window and go in with an open mind and just enjoy the story.