Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Little Women – A Brief Review

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The book that never ends…

The Kindle can be so deceiving. Every little book cover icon in my Kindle library is the exact same size. So unless I pay close attention I don’t know whether I’m starting a 200 page book or a 400 page book. Or in the case of Little Women, a whopping 647 page book. Had I noticed the length at the beginning I  likely would not have even attempted it. But I did attempt it. In fact, I read the whole thing.

Actually that’s a lie.

There were several passages I skimmed because 1) they bored me and 2) they didn’t seem to have a lot to do with the story line. Little Women is an okay book, but I have read MUCH better classics. I could hardly put down Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, but I kind of trudged through Little Women.

I liked the general story, but it wasn’t very focused.

I also liked most of the characters, but I felt like I never got to know them really well. And 647 pages should be long enough to get to know the characters intimately.  I kind of felt like an outsider watching the sequences of the book take place, while in Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre I was right there in the room with them.

A lot of stuff happened in the book, but I was never anxious with anticipation about what would happen next. There was not enough suspenseful build-up of any of the story lines within the book.

Am I glad I read it? Yes. Would I recommend it? Not necessarily.

Anyone out there seen the 1994 movie? Is it worth 115 minutes of my time? I have a feeling this may be one instance in which the movie is better than the book.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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