An Old-Fashioned Girl – By Louisa May Alcott

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Goodreads Synopsis: Polly Milton never questions the way she is–until she goes to visit her cousins in the city. Her cousin Fanny looks too glamorous to be Polly’s age, and wouldn’t be caught dead playing in the snow. Will Polly ever learn to be like the other girls? And does she even want to? Sometimes being old-fashioned is right in style. 

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This is my first bookshelf read for the year. If you read my post on Tuesday about my reading goals for the year then you might have seen that I’m trying to read a lot more books that I own. My goal is to make it through one and a half of my three shelves. Anyway, I’ll move on to my review now but that’s the background into why I’m reading this book.

I have owned An Old Fashioned Girl since I was a teenager, I can’t even remember exactly when I got it. I do know that I’ve read this book well over half a dozen times and it used to be one my favorite written by Lousia May Alcott (did you know she was bisexual? I learned that earlier this month).

I was interested to see if this book would still be as feminist as I remembered it being. And it actually I was a little surprised that it stood up to my test so well.  Despite being a book centered around a lot of morals I didn’t find the book to be too christian, which was really nice. I believe this comes from the fact that Alcott was a Transcendentalist, which I found to be fascinating.

Polly was an interesting character. The book is divided in half by her first visit to the city as a young teenager, and then by when she moves to the city as an adult. I found her to be a little annoying as a teenager, her endless optimism and moralizing grew tiring.  But once she grows up I really enjoyed her character.  Polly is strong, educated and independent, and teachers her cousin Fanny to be so as well. Also all of Polly’s friend are pretty gay. I found that amusing. There’s a mention of two friends who live together and have been ”friends” forever, and one falls in love with a man and gets married to him. But both friends end up moving in with the man because they couldn’t be parted.  Coded bisexual and polyam rep? Maybe. 😉

An Old Fashioned Girl is definitely a book that I would have my teenager daughters read. It’s very pro-woman for the time it was written and also a cute enjoyable story. I always enjoyed the romance between Polly and Tom, he’s such an amusing kid. One of my favorites scenes with the two of them is when they’re competing with Latin studies.  In the end I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

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