Book Review – Eight Cousins

Alcott, Louisa May - Eight Cousins

Rose is pampered and protected by her fussy aunts, whose odd cures have left her just as fussy and unhappy as they are. Ready to prove that the simplest medicine is the most effective, Uncle Alec steps in and introduces Rose to the things she needs most. Fresh air, good food, hard work, and the company of her many rambunctious cousins.


If you dear little girls would only learn what real beauty is, and not pinch and starve and bleach yourselves out so, you’d save an immense deal of time and money and pain. A happy soul in a healthy body makes the best sort of beauty for man or woman.

Eight Cousins is a heartwarming story filled with good old fashioned American values. Louisa May Alcott has such a beautiful way of portraying characters, and Eight Cousins is no exception. I fell in love with the whole cast, from little Jamie, to Uncle Alec. Even the most stern, disagreeable aunt becomes lovable in their own way.


“In helping seven lads you are unconsciously doing much to improve one lass.”

Of course, the antics of the eight cousins are the main draw. Who doesn’t love watching boys get themselves into, and out of scrapes? I was just as charmed by these boys as I was by the cast of Little Men, which I have re-read often over the years.


⬢ ⬢ ⬢ ⬢  FOUR STARS
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