The Blonde Bookworm: The Spring Girls by Anna Todd -- Review

The Spring Girls by Anna Todd -- Review

Friday, January 5, 2018

Title: The Spring Girls 
Author: Anna Todd 
Pages: 416
Publishing: January 2nd 2018 by Gallery Books


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.


The Spring Girls is a modern day retelling of Little Women. I went into this novel open minded because I read a few reviews beforehand that said it strayed pretty far from the original story. I honestly really liked this version, and I think that was because I was okay with the fact that it was a bit different from the original. I really loved the setting as well as the characters, and I think Anna Todd did a magnificent job creating a modern version of a beloved classic. 

I had a little trouble keeping all the characters straight at first, but after I figured out the personality of each girl I was able to really connect with them. I loved that they were all so different and they were facing everyday struggles that young girls face in the world today. It felt extremely raw and relatable, and I really enjoyed those aspects. There were a few times I felt that the novel was a little slow, but it would quickly pick up pace and leave my heart racing. 

All in all, The Spring Girls was a charming and fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would highly recommend this to readers who enjoy women's fiction. It is definitely different from the classic Little Women tale, but absolutely still worth the read. Thank you so much to Gallery and NetGalley for sending a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5



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