Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Join Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they are reenvisioned as a blended family living in modern day NYC in this beautiful, full-color graphic novel. With their father away in the military and their mother working overtime to support the family, the March sisters have to rely on one another to make it from day to day. Whether they're arguing over the bathroom, struggling with homework, fighting off bullies, understanding their crushes, or battling leukemia, there's one thing the four sisters keep questioning--will everything turn out okay? Follow modern young women, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they discover themselves and follow their dreams. This lushly-illustrated story is a must-read for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile and Sisters, Mariko Tamaki's This One Summer, Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward, and Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl.

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy Details

TitleMeg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316522861
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Lgbt, Fiction

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy Review

  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    It's been 150 years, you better get your act together and make Beth pull through this, guys.
  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    I hate to support Another Little Women remake, but this one's gay, guys, This one's gay.
  • Sarah Wyatt
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO SO SO good! Awesome female characters, a diverse family. Somehow covered so many topics including poverty, bullying, lgbtq+, cancer, disability, love all in just this one book without feeling like it was trying too hard. I have to confess--I haven't actually read Little Women, so I can't compare it to the original. But just as a stand-alone graphic novel, this was so good!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers The March family lives in a brownstone in the city. Their mother is a harried hospital nurse, and their father is fighting overseas. Things are economically tough, and each girl has their own wishes for Christmas that don't come true. Jo, whose biological father left when she was a baby but who was adopted by Robert March when he married her mother, what great literature. Meg, the oldest, wants the latest fashion. Beth, the quiet musicia February 5th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers The March family lives in a brownstone in the city. Their mother is a harried hospital nurse, and their father is fighting overseas. Things are economically tough, and each girl has their own wishes for Christmas that don't come true. Jo, whose biological father left when she was a baby but who was adopted by Robert March when he married her mother, what great literature. Meg, the oldest, wants the latest fashion. Beth, the quiet musician, wants her own guitar, and bratty Amy just wants everything. When wealthy neighbor Mr. Marquez invites them to share Christmas dinner with him, they meet his grandson, Laurie. There are triumphs and tragedies along the way that echo the ones in Alcott's book but are modernized. Several things do change, such as the trajectory of Beth's disease and of Meg's romance, and a surprise announcement from Jo.Strengths: The events are convincingly updated with added diversity. The characters stay fairly true to form. The illustrations are quite nice, and the colors are good. There are some e mails and journal entries that help explain some more complicated events, like how the family was created. It remains, as always, a good tale of sisterhood and finding yourself in the face of adversity.Weaknesses: Readers who love the original won't necessarily like some of the updates, but since few people under the age of 50 have read the original, it's not really a concern.What I really think: I didn't buy Schaefer's 2017 Littler Women: A Modern Retelling and Baratz-Logstead's 2012 Little Women and Me doesn't circulate too well (although it is SUPER clever and fun). The Anne of Green Gables graphic novel I have goes out occasionally, but it's a paperback and doesn't have this look to it. If your library can't keep Telgemeier and Jamieson books on the shelf, this would be a good purchase, but I don't think it will necessarily encourage readers to pick up the original. I prefer updates to original stories that are more along the lines of Jason Henderson's Young Captain Nemo-- more reimaginings than retellings.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" a Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo — I am so overwhelmed, and in such a positive and empowering way. "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" is absolutely magical, and, in my opinion, a nearly PERFECT modern retelling of "Little Women" which is steeped in research of the original book itself, but also the Author, Louisa May Alcott, and her family. As a historian of Alcott myself, I could see and pick up on all the beautiful references of the original text that the authors l "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" a Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo — I am so overwhelmed, and in such a positive and empowering way. "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy" is absolutely magical, and, in my opinion, a nearly PERFECT modern retelling of "Little Women" which is steeped in research of the original book itself, but also the Author, Louisa May Alcott, and her family. As a historian of Alcott myself, I could see and pick up on all the beautiful references of the original text that the authors left for new readers –even down to the year of publication, 1868!More over, this book is filled with beautiful and living tolerance. The March family is an interracial, blended family who struggle and succeed with love, loss, friendship, relationships, social justice, sickness, and even a parent in the armed forces! This novel packs a punch to the emotions and ties it all together with so much humor, Grace, and amazing pop-culture and history references that I finished it in mere hours. This is a book I will reread over and over again and I would recommend it to any person, especially a young person, trying to figure out who they are. Also, the intersectional female empowerment in this book is EARTH SHATTERING. Do not walk, run to your nearest independent bookstore and pick up a copy. Read it with your mom, sister, partner, best friend, ANYONE. And then talk about it!
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  • Steph L
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic retellingAs a fan of Little Women I wanted to read this. I loved the LGBTQ rep. The art style is amazing and adorable. I recommend this for anyone who has read Little Women and those that are looking for a quick Graphic Novel to read.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely glorious modern retelling. I have never been so moved while reading a Graphic Novel.
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not quite sure what the authors/illustrators were trying to accomplish with this. At times, it adhered strictly to the original story...and at others, it threw everything of the original out the window in favor of unfamiliar characterization and modern-day moralizing. It seemed what this book really wanted to be was somewhere in between...and it just didn't quite get there.
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  • Julia Francis
    January 1, 1970
    I have no idea if they followed the story of Little Women exactly but I can't wait to read it now. I originally followed this when it was just a webcomic and the complete version in a book form was an amazing idea. I could see myself reading this over and over again.
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  • Casey Fredrick
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I could not put this book down. I have never read the original but this version is overwhelmingly amazing. I cried tears if both happiness and sadness. I'm in love with this book! The art and writing are both amazing!! Thank you.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this, I really did. There was so much about this adaptation I was looking forward to. Sadly, I was disappointed by a lot of it. Some devices felt repetitive and awkward; some the dialog comes off stilted and preachy; some plot points, obviously from the source material, didn't feel adequately set up in this iteration.
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  • Adriel
    January 1, 1970
    I love Little Women, and this book managed to give me all the nostalgia feels plus the bonus of having so much of my modern, progressive sensibility.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I think I would have enjoyed it more if they had been 'inspired' by Little Women instead of being a retelling--too often I find the modern takes on events (Amy nearly getting hit by a bus instead of falling through the ice springs to mind) a little trite. But I can see kids really being drawn to it. Die hard fans of the original may cringe at some of it, but a lot of the choices I really really appreciated.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I may have cried a few times during this graphic novel modern retelling.
  • Ethan Walker
    January 1, 1970
    i love this new retelling of little women and jo comming out
  • Sureena
    January 1, 1970
    Is this a joke? Because I need this in my life.
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this adaptation of Little Women. It was cute and wholesome. But what kept it from getting 5 stars was the predictability of the modernizations and the changes to how their stories moved forward.For the most part this is a good adaptation. It chronicles a (crazy) year in the life of the March family similarly to the original Little Women. It’s definitely worth the read. Especially if you love a diverse cast of characters and a classic story.SPOILERS AHEADThey chose to use the emails to te I liked this adaptation of Little Women. It was cute and wholesome. But what kept it from getting 5 stars was the predictability of the modernizations and the changes to how their stories moved forward.For the most part this is a good adaptation. It chronicles a (crazy) year in the life of the March family similarly to the original Little Women. It’s definitely worth the read. Especially if you love a diverse cast of characters and a classic story.SPOILERS AHEADThey chose to use the emails to tell backstory. But it became like exposition or a report on their history rather than feeling organic. Meg’s ambitions changed. I’m okay with her wanting more but she also should be the young wife and mama. There’s nothing wrong with that! And Beth’s character changed a bit. She’s shy and ever forbearing, utterly selfless. This book took that away. Amy and Jo felt fairly accurate. I’ll never tire of seeing Jo adapted to be gay. It makes sense.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Bought it for my 15 year old daughter, read it in one sitting. There are some major plot differences from the original book, one I was not happy with, two I was. The characterizations are lovely, and sometimes reminded me of Steven Universe. There were a lot of fun updatings of familiar incidents. But it's less serious and less emotional than the original. Both the artwork and the writing often skimmed the surface of powerful material and relied on cuteness and cliche. The final effect was more Bought it for my 15 year old daughter, read it in one sitting. There are some major plot differences from the original book, one I was not happy with, two I was. The characterizations are lovely, and sometimes reminded me of Steven Universe. There were a lot of fun updatings of familiar incidents. But it's less serious and less emotional than the original. Both the artwork and the writing often skimmed the surface of powerful material and relied on cuteness and cliche. The final effect was more commercial, glossy and light than I hoped for. That said, I know I'm not the target audience for it. If the 15 year old has opinions, I'll update this!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    A heartfelt and modern take on a classic. Some very powerful messages to take home, and especially loved how the author diversified the plot and characters. Great art and colours too. Overall, a really solid middle grade graphic novel.
  • Brianna
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come for Teenreads.com
  • Maria Maier
    January 1, 1970
    Read 2/5/19.
  • Cass Moskowitz
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful retelling done right. I loved this so so so much!!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This retelling is too different from the original. Now I will not give it as a gift.
  • Kati Polodna
    January 1, 1970
    I always like to see how authors retell classic books. A+ for diversity.
  • Amanda Litzenberg
    January 1, 1970
    4.5
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