A Modern Retelling of a Classic Tale

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“Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy” by Rey Tarciero and Bre Indigo is a graphic novel, a modern spinoff of “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, a classic story about four girls growing up. There is no real antagonist in the story, but they still face fundamental problems like friendships, marriage, poverty, and death.

Like the original book, “Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy” focuses on the daily lives of the four March girls, but most of it is centered around the two oldest sisters, Josephine and Megan. All of them still retain their original personalities and interests, but of course, some parts were altered to match the new setting.

Although not by much, Amy’s character seems to have changed the most among all of them: instead of constantly complaining about her modest appearance, she does her best to reassure herself that she’s perfect the way she is despite constant bullying at school.

One of the biggest differences between “Little Women” and the graphic novel is how much time goes by. Unlike the original book, which covers a time period of roughly 15 years, this new version spans only one year. The authors were able to include a lot of the more important events that occurred in the original (except marriage and death), but some parts were still glossed over very quickly.

Many of the original characters were also dropped because there just wasn’t enough space to include them, but a couple of the more important ones were kept, like Laurie, the Marches’ neighbor; the girls’ Aunt March; and Meg’s best friend, Sallie (whose name is changed to Kennedy).

Overall, “Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy” does a pretty good job of making a more modern story out of “Little Women”. However, it gets complicated at times and there were quite a few instances where I wished the authors added more detail.

Despite how short it is, I would recommend the book for ages 12 and up as some of the content makes it a bit inappropriate for younger audiences. It also might help to read it alongside the original book to clear up any confusion.