2 1/2 stars. It is obvious that this was Louisa May Alcott's first attempt at a novel and that she was a teen with an overly romanticized brain when it was written. I liked the TV movie I saw years ago that was based on this a lot better than I liked the book. I think the story had potential, but the flowery way in which it's written makes it tedious to read, and the main character has absolutely no faults whatsoever, which makes her very unreal. It did remind me a bit of Jane Austen but nowhere near as good. Jane's characters are not perfect which is what made them so likeable.