Absolutely a must read!
You know the story. if you don't, many of these other reviewers have done the job for me. for me, this is my most favorite book in all of american literature. growing up, i had a friend who was just like beth and everytime i re-read this book, i remember my childhood adventures with beth. the fictional beth in "little women" was as much of a friend as my other friend, too. i cannot recommend this book enough. if you haven't read it -- you must read it.