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Jessica MacLeish at HarperCollins has bought author-illustrator Kathleen Gros's Jo: A Graphic Novel, a modern take on Little Women, told from Jo March's perspective. The middle grade story will focus on 13-year-old Jo, who runs an anonymous blog about her family, as she acclimates to eighth grade, makes new friends, and realizes she might have feelings for her middle schoo Jessica MacLeish at HarperCollins has bought author-illustrator Kathleen Gros's Jo: A Graphic Novel, a modern take on Little Women, told from Jo March's perspective. The middle grade story will focus on 13-year-old Jo, who runs an anonymous blog about her family, as she acclimates to eighth grade, makes new friends, and realizes she might have feelings for her middle school newspaper editor, a girl named Freddie Baer. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Elizabeth Bennett and Jill Corcoran at the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.


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Jessica MacLeish at HarperCollins has bought author-illustrator Kathleen Gros's Jo: A Graphic Novel, a modern take on Little Women, told from Jo March's perspective. The middle grade story will focus on 13-year-old Jo, who runs an anonymous blog about her family, as she acclimates to eighth grade, makes new friends, and realizes she might have feelings for her middle schoo Jessica MacLeish at HarperCollins has bought author-illustrator Kathleen Gros's Jo: A Graphic Novel, a modern take on Little Women, told from Jo March's perspective. The middle grade story will focus on 13-year-old Jo, who runs an anonymous blog about her family, as she acclimates to eighth grade, makes new friends, and realizes she might have feelings for her middle school newspaper editor, a girl named Freddie Baer. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Elizabeth Bennett and Jill Corcoran at the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

30 review for Jo: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A new take on Little Women that brings the events into the modern day. Jo is a thirteen-year-old girl in middle school who uses her secret blog to work out her feelings about her family and her life. The characters are readily recognizable even as their day-to-day lives diverge widely from the original novel and LGBTQ+ themes are explored. This is very good, but has the misfortune to follow closely on the heels of the similar but slightly better Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern R A new take on Little Women that brings the events into the modern day. Jo is a thirteen-year-old girl in middle school who uses her secret blog to work out her feelings about her family and her life. The characters are readily recognizable even as their day-to-day lives diverge widely from the original novel and LGBTQ+ themes are explored. This is very good, but has the misfortune to follow closely on the heels of the similar but slightly better Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women. Still, Jo is certainly worth reading, and since it only gets through retelling about a quarter of the original book, I have hopes we'll get a follow-up in the near future. Two side notes: All the kids have had or get chicken pox. Are the March and Laurence parents anti-vaxxers? The kids play cribbage in one scene. Do any children play cribbage nowadays?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jo Swenson

    As a queer person who named myself after Jo March my review may be a little biased but this was perfect. I have needed a canonically queer Jo my entire life and Kathleen Gros delivered that beautifully. Beyond that premise this is just a very well done adaptation. Gros manages to fit the theme of personal growth, explored in the original story through Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progess,” into this story without coming off as overly sanctimonious. And each of the March girls as well as Laurie and Ma As a queer person who named myself after Jo March my review may be a little biased but this was perfect. I have needed a canonically queer Jo my entire life and Kathleen Gros delivered that beautifully. Beyond that premise this is just a very well done adaptation. Gros manages to fit the theme of personal growth, explored in the original story through Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progess,” into this story without coming off as overly sanctimonious. And each of the March girls as well as Laurie and Marmee were pitch perfect. Couching this story of growth and self-acceptance within a familiar context will make it’s message more accessible and comfortable for kids going through the process of coming out. I think this book could have really helped me at 13 understand why tomboyish Jo felt so familiar when I first read “Little Women” and why I had such a crush on Winona Ryder in the film.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Thompson

    Oh my sweetness!! This was such an adorable story!! Huge Little Women fan!! Love gems like this. Retelling of one of my favorite books... thank you so much to Erica for blessing me with this!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lawrence

    This was a really fun, sweet modernized take on Little Women. I loved the way Jo was developed as a character here, her coming out and how gentle her crush on Freddie was. Beth has Leukemia and is coping with remission. Her storyline is handled with great compassion and she's so lovingly supported by her family. Gros did a great job modernizing a lot of the storylines, maintaining some key Little Women moments while keeping things fresh. Amy and Meg seemed less important to me, while Jo certainl This was a really fun, sweet modernized take on Little Women. I loved the way Jo was developed as a character here, her coming out and how gentle her crush on Freddie was. Beth has Leukemia and is coping with remission. Her storyline is handled with great compassion and she's so lovingly supported by her family. Gros did a great job modernizing a lot of the storylines, maintaining some key Little Women moments while keeping things fresh. Amy and Meg seemed less important to me, while Jo certainly and Beth to a lesser extent were more fleshed out. It'd be fun if Gros went on to write from each girl's perspective. I loved Jo's blog, the newspaper, the way Laurie & Jo's relationship is handled etc. Just a very gentle, sweet read that will appeal to a lot of readers. Jo is in 8th grade in this iteration and I think her dreams, struggles and feelings would be relatable to middle schoolers. The March family is white, Freddie is black, some members of the newspaper use they/them pronouns.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Covington

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have conflicted feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s Little Women! I liked the illustrations and seeing how the plot translated to the modern world. (Props to Ms. Dashwood, the newspaper editor, for normalizing introducing yourself and your pronouns!) On the other hand, because I already knew the characters and the story, I expected the novel to do more in the way of making things new and interesting, and it disappointed a bit on that front. The dialogue didn’t feel real to me. It felt li I have conflicted feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s Little Women! I liked the illustrations and seeing how the plot translated to the modern world. (Props to Ms. Dashwood, the newspaper editor, for normalizing introducing yourself and your pronouns!) On the other hand, because I already knew the characters and the story, I expected the novel to do more in the way of making things new and interesting, and it disappointed a bit on that front. The dialogue didn’t feel real to me. It felt like the characters were saying “the right thing” and performing rather than speaking as complex characters. Everyone was so peppy and positive and sweet and supportive. Every attempt to add conflict to the plot was so mild and resolved with so little effort or struggle. Beth is cancer-free! She has to practice the flute and gets better at it with practice! Jo just needs to write more and then her writing is better and people praise it! We miss Father but he video chats with us and is encouraging! Meg is tutoring kids and sure blushes whenever she brings up Jon (whom we never see)! Amy likes to draw! Even Jo’s coming out, which could have been a really cool modern update and given a lot of interesting depth to her relationships with everyone, was simply met with “cool!” and “yay!” and “great!” and we never had to confront any difficulties or worry about her having any problems thereafter. And it all built up to... a kiss on the cheek from Freddie? It all felt a bit too tame, which is not at all the vibe I get from Alcott’s Little Women.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Kathleen Gros is a massively talented illustrator and writer – her style as a graphic novelist is somehow simultaneously as fun and expressive as Erika Moen's and as profound and emotive as Alison Bechdel's. I loved this modern, queer adaptation of Little Women, and thought it was beautifully executed from start to finish. One thing I really appreciated about it is how chill it is: there's very little anger and conflict in this story as it's told here, and many many moments of characters just... Kathleen Gros is a massively talented illustrator and writer – her style as a graphic novelist is somehow simultaneously as fun and expressive as Erika Moen's and as profound and emotive as Alison Bechdel's. I loved this modern, queer adaptation of Little Women, and thought it was beautifully executed from start to finish. One thing I really appreciated about it is how chill it is: there's very little anger and conflict in this story as it's told here, and many many moments of characters just... being nice to each other. I didn't know how much I needed that, particularly in these globally difficult times, until I read this. It made me really emotional on multiple occasions. I'm always so glad to see queer authors telling stories of queer happiness and fulfilment, giving LGBTQ+ youth a model to look to when the bigoted world makes them doubt that they deserve love and acceptance.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus In this modern reimaging of the classic Little Women, we see the March family struggling with their father's deployment. There mother is a nurse who works long hours, and the girls follow the basic trajectory of the original novel. Meg is kind of boring, interested in a young man and a mature high school student. Amy is immature and bratty (sorry, never been an Amy fan), and Beth is in remission from leukemia and does not die. Laurie is still a neighbor, although E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus In this modern reimaging of the classic Little Women, we see the March family struggling with their father's deployment. There mother is a nurse who works long hours, and the girls follow the basic trajectory of the original novel. Meg is kind of boring, interested in a young man and a mature high school student. Amy is immature and bratty (sorry, never been an Amy fan), and Beth is in remission from leukemia and does not die. Laurie is still a neighbor, although not as ridiculously well-to-do (Has it ever bothered anyone that neighbors would be so wildly divergent economically? Not that it couldn't happen;it just always seemed odd.), and enjoys being with the family. The grandfather is portrayed much as the original. The real star, always, is Jo. In this book, she is a high schooler looking to find her place. She attends a newspaper meeting and finds that she enjoys working there, honing her writing with the help of the editor, Freddie (a girl). This book takes the family through a school year, and many of the experiences mirror ones in the Alcott book. Strengths: This remains mostly true to the original, but with an updated time period, which makes it go down better than my readers, who are not always fans of historical fiction. The characters are well developed, and the modernization of the mother and father especially good to see. Including a variety of current social issues is a plus. The illustrations are charming and will definitely appeal to fans of graphic novels. Weaknesses: I'm always glad to see books with LGBTQIA+ characters, but I'm also a little confused as to why so many reimaginings see Jo as gay. That's fine, but what about her romance with Professor Bhaer? I was never a Laurie fan, and although I was surprised that Jo married at all, I was okay with Bhaer. I did not realize that there was such a schism in Alcott fandom about him. (https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2...) Anyway, not a weakness so much as something that confuses me. What I really think: Terciero and Indigo's Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women circulates well, although no one ever goes on to pick up the original. I guess I'm a purist; read the original or don't bother with the story, but this is not everyone's view, so it's good to see these reimaginings. I've read the Aeneid in Latin and the Odyssey in Greek, so maybe I take this opinion a bit too far. At least I haven't read The Inferno in Italian!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I grew up loving Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I'm not sure if it was seeing my ideals, ambitions, and faults mirrored in the tenacious authoress Jo or being enamored with the idea of having one sister, let alone three. I read it every few years and it continues to worm its way deeper into my heart. So when I saw that there was a Graphic Novel retelling coming out for middle-grade I obviously HAD to have it!!! There are some very cute adaptations for modern audiences, such as having Jo blog a I grew up loving Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I'm not sure if it was seeing my ideals, ambitions, and faults mirrored in the tenacious authoress Jo or being enamored with the idea of having one sister, let alone three. I read it every few years and it continues to worm its way deeper into my heart. So when I saw that there was a Graphic Novel retelling coming out for middle-grade I obviously HAD to have it!!! There are some very cute adaptations for modern audiences, such as having Jo blog about her life and their father being stationed oversees with occasional video conferences or emails. Even the cover alludes to the fact that this is a very loose retelling. There are enough direct references to see the similarities, but this story stands on it's own. The focus is on Jo March, who is starting 8th grade and joins the school newspaper at the request of its editor, a girl named Freddie. While her new neighbor, Teddy, has a crush on her, Jo finds her feelings gravitating towards the school newspaper editor instead. If you need to know about Beth before reading... (view spoiler)[In case you need to know, Beth does NOT die in this one. She is in remission from Leukemia and actually goes to her last appointment and is considered "recovered" at the end of this story. (hide spoiler)] It's a graphic and meant for middle schoolers, so there's obviously not as much detail in here as the original. I would have liked more development on the sisters (or perhaps a spin off book from the perspective of each!?) but Jo's development in this book is good. I'm not going to make judgements on how she "comes out" to her family because I'm cishet and can't say if it is done in a way that's authentic, but her family is accepting and loving from the beginning which will hopefully be encouraging to readers who are going through a similar situation. The illustrations are excellent and I feel this is going to be a solid addition to all graphic novel collections for this age group.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dara Yoder

    Loved this graphic novel! Cute and sweet story about sisterhood, friendship, and coming out in a supportive environment without it being too mushy and sweet!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Nicely done; it manages to keep the spirit of Little Women while setting it in the present day. Everyone's personalities are true to the original. And Jo is gay, as she should have been! Some details are anachronistic or not-quite-right. In the days of cell phones and asking for kids' pronouns for a middle school journalism meeting (which I would be happy to see happen but does it really?), a whole family (and way later a nonrelated neighbor) don't get chicken pox. Kids in middle school are highl Nicely done; it manages to keep the spirit of Little Women while setting it in the present day. Everyone's personalities are true to the original. And Jo is gay, as she should have been! Some details are anachronistic or not-quite-right. In the days of cell phones and asking for kids' pronouns for a middle school journalism meeting (which I would be happy to see happen but does it really?), a whole family (and way later a nonrelated neighbor) don't get chicken pox. Kids in middle school are highly unlikely to do blogs when Snapchat, Tik-Tok, and YouTube are available. A family with a father in the services and a mother who is a nurse probably isn't too low on cash for store-bought Christmas presents, unlike the family in the original. Still, handmade gifts are always nice. I am happy that chemotherapy can save Beth. As a child, I read the section where she died many times, with tears.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    It's a queer retelling (sort of) of Little Women, but it's not the queer retelling I wanted. Good for younger readers, but I think it's too light for most 13-year-olds. Every relationship is perfect in every way, and I don't like when stories for kids ignore interpersonal conflict. It's not like kids aren't aware that their peers can be cruel or that adults will often let them down. I especially wish Marmee wasn't made out to be the Perfect Mother. Even the idealistic OG Little Women didn't do t It's a queer retelling (sort of) of Little Women, but it's not the queer retelling I wanted. Good for younger readers, but I think it's too light for most 13-year-olds. Every relationship is perfect in every way, and I don't like when stories for kids ignore interpersonal conflict. It's not like kids aren't aware that their peers can be cruel or that adults will often let them down. I especially wish Marmee wasn't made out to be the Perfect Mother. Even the idealistic OG Little Women didn't do that. But, there are references to people using they/them pronouns, and it is ultimately a queer representation story. I'll be happy to donate my copy to my husband's middle school reading classroom and I hope some of his students read it and see themselves, and see hope, in it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine (Padfoot's Library)

    Loved this spin on Little Women! It follows Jo who is dealing with three sisters, a father who is away from home, eighth grade generally, joining a new newspaper group, and just finding her sense of self. It was a lot of fun, and I loved how it brought characters I love from the OG LW to light in a new way. Thanks HCC for sending me a review copy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This was very meh. If you want a stellar, modern, graphic novel interpretation of Little Women, your time is much better spent on “Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy” by Rey Terciero.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Bond

    FINALLY, the lesbian Jo March we all deserve. (view spoiler)[ And Beth doesn't die. (hide spoiler)] FINALLY, the lesbian Jo March we all deserve. (view spoiler)[ And Beth doesn't die. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I blew through this fun trip with Jo. I reminisced about the original, but I also found myself loving these modern characters and enjoying the story being retold. My students are going to love it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    A quick, light read with a warm-fuzzy ending. It was fun to see how Gros modernized elements of the Alcott classic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I thought that this was really cute. Was looking through ARC's for something lite/sweet/easy for my YA book club. This fit the bill. I LOVE Little Women and its an interesting adaption. Clearly Ms. Gros a big fan of the Louisa May Elliott classics and spent a lot of time thinking about how her characters would transfer to modern life. Hoping for a sequel, as I am anxious to see how the Marsh sisters grow up in current times / Graphic Novel. As a plus - The characters are normal sized which I deep I thought that this was really cute. Was looking through ARC's for something lite/sweet/easy for my YA book club. This fit the bill. I LOVE Little Women and its an interesting adaption. Clearly Ms. Gros a big fan of the Louisa May Elliott classics and spent a lot of time thinking about how her characters would transfer to modern life. Hoping for a sequel, as I am anxious to see how the Marsh sisters grow up in current times / Graphic Novel. As a plus - The characters are normal sized which I deeply appreciate after a decade of skinny middle grade characters. Well done!

  18. 4 out of 5

    michelle

    * Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a digital review copy. All opinions are my own. A modern graphic novel re-imagining of Jo's life from Little Women. This engaging story has Jo in modern time who likes to blog about her life. As the school year starts, she is excited by the prospect of something different. She definitely gets a year of change and Kathleen Gros handles tricky emotions well. An interesting way to bring a classic story to graphic novel format and good for kids to consi * Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a digital review copy. All opinions are my own. A modern graphic novel re-imagining of Jo's life from Little Women. This engaging story has Jo in modern time who likes to blog about her life. As the school year starts, she is excited by the prospect of something different. She definitely gets a year of change and Kathleen Gros handles tricky emotions well. An interesting way to bring a classic story to graphic novel format and good for kids to consider next to the original story. A good book for middle school.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dipali

    Loved this! Such a wonderful modern-day adaptation of Little Women!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    A middle grade graphic novel that adapts Little Women for a new age both using the graphic novel format and Jo's sexuality as the catalysts of retelling the story. The basics are generally similar (Dad's away, he's in the military and overseas), Mom has four girls one who is sick (cancer), Jo, the writer who is part of the school's newspaper, the older sister and younger sister that are explained in enough general details. And then Laurie moves next door with his rich grandfather. It's a quiet m A middle grade graphic novel that adapts Little Women for a new age both using the graphic novel format and Jo's sexuality as the catalysts of retelling the story. The basics are generally similar (Dad's away, he's in the military and overseas), Mom has four girls one who is sick (cancer), Jo, the writer who is part of the school's newspaper, the older sister and younger sister that are explained in enough general details. And then Laurie moves next door with his rich grandfather. It's a quiet middle grade story in that while nothing is happening, everything is happening. There's family time and school time that are representative of contemporary life while recognizing the ties of the March family. Totally nice upgrade with eye-catching illustrations and plenty of narrative and dialogue.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Rauscher

    The title states it “An adaptation of Little Women (sort of). The character names are the same, father is away, Amy is ill etc. Jo still a writer but in 8th grade. A time when things are changing. This story was well written and not preachy. Jo comes to realize who she is. She feel a weight lifted when she shares this with her friends and family.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kassy MacPherson

    What a cute story. If you want a true coming of age story this is it! I loved it. The graphics were great! The plot was so interesting on how the author used "Little Women" in 2020! The love story was great! I just loved this story so much!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aryssa

    I love Little Women, OK?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First off, when I looked this book up on the web I found that there is another incredibly similar book published the year before it. It is called ' Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth', written by Bre Indigo. It is also a graphic novel set in contemporary America but features a blended family living in NYC. In both books Beth has had leukaemia and there is a storyline about a character's sexuality. I assume this is a weird coincidence rather than anything else... I grabbed the book in an independent bookstore First off, when I looked this book up on the web I found that there is another incredibly similar book published the year before it. It is called ' Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth', written by Bre Indigo. It is also a graphic novel set in contemporary America but features a blended family living in NYC. In both books Beth has had leukaemia and there is a storyline about a character's sexuality. I assume this is a weird coincidence rather than anything else... I grabbed the book in an independent bookstore for my daughter who loves graphic novels and reading but is only just starting to read classic children's fiction indepently, usually preferring modern books. I hadn't read it before she did and she raced through it and said she really enjoyed it. Having just read it I can see why reading this book the same week as the new Jacqueline Wilson book, 'Love, Frankie' prompted some anxiety about sexuality in my eleven-year-old. She was concerned because just now, entering puberty, she has started preferring to spend time with her girl friends over her boy friends and really wanting to be with them and having strong feelings for them. I think this book explains Jo's realisation that she is gay quite well (given it is a graphic novel so there isn't reems of text) but possibly the target readership (8-12, according to the book jacket) will need some support understanding it more fully. Jo is aged 13 which some might argue is definitely old enough to know whether or not she is gay but others might argue is still young, especially considering the notion of sexuality as a fluid concept. I liked that the characters in this book were drawn with realistic body shapes and I liked how the storyline was brought into the modern world. It was an interpretation that didn't feel the need to slavishly adapt every single element of the original book. That said, I am pretty much a purist when it comes to original texts so I had to suspend that part of my brain that said the whole thing was wrong! My favourite parts were where Jo really flourished in the school paper club and how Laurie dealt with his own feelings for Jo.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of Little Women since I was 12 years old and read the novel. So it was with high expectations and an excitement that I brought to reading this graphic novel adaptation. And it really didn’t disappoint. I felt that the author stayed true to the essence of each of the March sisters, while bringing them to the contemporary world as they would be in at the tender ages of middle school and high school student I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of Little Women since I was 12 years old and read the novel. So it was with high expectations and an excitement that I brought to reading this graphic novel adaptation. And it really didn’t disappoint. I felt that the author stayed true to the essence of each of the March sisters, while bringing them to the contemporary world as they would be in at the tender ages of middle school and high school students. I thought that it addressed Jo’s identity and her character development very well. And for any familiar with the original Little Women, they would be glad to see that Beth avoids her tragic fate. Which completely makes sense to me since we live in a world with advanced science and medical discoveries. This is definitely an adaptation that I enjoyed (it doesn’t always happen especially with beloved classics) and I will be adding a copy of this graphic novel to my classroom library when it comes out.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Hey, it's another middle grade graphic novel adaptation of Little Women! This isn't a complaint, in any way. Little Women was one of my favorite books growing up and Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy didn't need to be the only take on it. And this one is significantly different in several ways. For one, Beth's illness is a thing of the past, not a current concern. I'm not sold by this take, especially because, as somebody familiar with the original book, it made me spend most of the book waiting for the ot Hey, it's another middle grade graphic novel adaptation of Little Women! This isn't a complaint, in any way. Little Women was one of my favorite books growing up and Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy didn't need to be the only take on it. And this one is significantly different in several ways. For one, Beth's illness is a thing of the past, not a current concern. I'm not sold by this take, especially because, as somebody familiar with the original book, it made me spend most of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop. On the other hand, this book incorporates Bhaer as Freddie, student editor of the school paper, and it doesn't inexplicably make John Brooks a jerk. It also does a great job dealing with Jo coming out. I haven't yet been disappointed by a middle grade graphic novel adaptation of Little Women, so keep it coming, I guess.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Nathan

    I was so excited about this book, and it just didn't turn out like I wanted it to. (view spoiler)[Jo is gay. Which I don't particularly like, because I really love the reason that Jo and Laurie don't work out, so Jo not being attracted to him because she's gay is just not the same. But ok, that's not a big deal. But my real problem with this book is the lack of Little Women in the story. Beth's in remission. There's no fight between Jo and Amy. Meg doesn't get caught up in party drama. Jo doesn' I was so excited about this book, and it just didn't turn out like I wanted it to. (view spoiler)[Jo is gay. Which I don't particularly like, because I really love the reason that Jo and Laurie don't work out, so Jo not being attracted to him because she's gay is just not the same. But ok, that's not a big deal. But my real problem with this book is the lack of Little Women in the story. Beth's in remission. There's no fight between Jo and Amy. Meg doesn't get caught up in party drama. Jo doesn't even cut her hair. There's no Pickwick club or anything of the sort. (Is the "March girls movie night" supposed to be that? Because there was no funny names or secret mailboxes or Laurie hiding going on there.) These are the elements that make up Little Women and not one of them was in the story. The characters did not grow in any way. I guess Jo coming out can count as that, but the original Little Women had this great growth over the story between Jo and Amy and Jo's anger in general. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Iamvenus.hi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Tw- family members ill Quick read, an hour and a half to be exact. A little too quick for my liking but with this being a graphic novel I knew it wouldnt take me long to finish. It was just a normal read about a normal life of the middle sibling. Working through the school year from the first day, the school dance, Christmas, new years to the end of the year. However one thing I didnt like was we didnt get to know the characters well. The only character we got to know properly was Jo and how Bet Tw- family members ill Quick read, an hour and a half to be exact. A little too quick for my liking but with this being a graphic novel I knew it wouldnt take me long to finish. It was just a normal read about a normal life of the middle sibling. Working through the school year from the first day, the school dance, Christmas, new years to the end of the year. However one thing I didnt like was we didnt get to know the characters well. The only character we got to know properly was Jo and how Beth was ill and had leukaemia a couple years before and touched that very gently so it didnt trigger anyone as much. But one thing I hoped for was for it to be slightly more exciting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Retelling of Little Women in modern day graphic novel. It has been a minute since I read Littke Women, but this title sure seemed saccharine sweet. The sisters accommodate each other so well. Beth finishes treatment for the leukemia that is in remission. When Jo realizes that she is gay and comes out to her family it turns into a group hug. She and Laurie are mad at each other for an evening and decide that being friends is good enough. Maybe it is that easy for some people? Seems like kids today Retelling of Little Women in modern day graphic novel. It has been a minute since I read Littke Women, but this title sure seemed saccharine sweet. The sisters accommodate each other so well. Beth finishes treatment for the leukemia that is in remission. When Jo realizes that she is gay and comes out to her family it turns into a group hug. She and Laurie are mad at each other for an evening and decide that being friends is good enough. Maybe it is that easy for some people? Seems like kids today have more things go wrong.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    A refreshing adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," "Jo" imagines the March sisters in modern middle and high schools, dealing with contemporary drama like crushes and the pangs of growing up as well as exploring gender identity and family dynamics. Kathleen Gros easily presents different gender pronouns and thoughtful ideas through Jo's featured articles as she gets comfortable in the newspaper club. Her clean and colorful art deftly portrays the wholesome March family.

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