Despite Little Women being a childhood favourite of mine I've never actually read any of Louisa May Alcott's other novels up until now. I was pretty excited to read something else by her!
An Old-Fashioned Girl didn't really live up to my expectations though. Apart from Polly I didn't find the characters as likeable and well-developed as the characters from Little Women and I found Alcott's narrative quite draggy and preachy at times - much more so than Little Women! That being said it has a sweet story and I did really like Polly. She's quiet, sensible, kind, gentle and sensitive but not at all sickly-sweet or too good to be true. She has her flaws and makes mistakes just like the March sisters. The book touches on early feminism as well. In one chapter Polly takes Fanny to see some of her friends, who are all working women, and a famous author called Kate King happens to be present. The author seems to be based on Louisa May Alcott herself and there's an interesting discussion about the "modern woman" in the chapter. It's concluded that the modern woman doesn't need a husband or children but must have the right to vote - which was actually very progressive for the time.
I can't see An Old-Fashioned Girl becoming a favourite of mine but I'm glad I read it and I do plan on reading more of Louisa May Alcott's works. I'm especially interested in the Rose Campbell books.