Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Mongomery

Posted April 6, 2017 by Amber in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

by L. M. Mongomery

Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Publisher: L.C. Page & Co. on June 1, 1908
Genre: Bildungsroman, Classics, Historical Fiction
Target Age Group: Childrens

Rating: ★★★★★

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"She'll have to go back." Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead - a mischievous, talkative redhead who the Cuthberts thought would be no use at all. But as soon as Anne arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever. And the longer Anne stayed, the harder it was for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her.

 

This book is so charming that it left me smiling even when I wasn’t reading it.

Anne of Green Gables is a classic I watched growing up, then read as an adult.  While the miniseries from the early 1980s is fantastic, the book is even better because it has so many more of Anne’s little adventures to share.  It took me years to pick it up, not because I was avoiding it, but because I hadn’t really thought about it.  I’m so glad I did because Anne Shirley is my new bosom friend.

Anne is the sweetest child you will every meet.

She knows just the right things to say and has the most incredible imagination. It’s little wonder that Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to keep her, even though the asked the orphanage for a boy.  She’s not perfect, however, and she constantly talks about how she should like to be good, but it’s so much easier to be bad.  She has a temper as wild as her red hair but makes up for it by being kind, hardworking, and genuine.  We look at all these classy heroines today and talk about how it’s so great that they “can be themselves”.  Ladies and gents?  Anne Shirley did it first.

This book tells of Anne’s adventures – the good, the bad, and the ugly. From falling off a roof to her endless quest for puffed sleeves on her dresses, the reader follows her antics and laughs with her, cries with her, and gets very angry with her (how DARE he call her “Carrots”?!). However, as you fall in love with Anne, you also fall in love with Gilbert, Diana, and her who merry crew. Anne Shirley captures EVERYONE’S heart. She can’t help it.

Although this book was written over 100 years ago, it still charms modern audiences. I could read it over and over again and never tire of Anne. That’s how wonderful it is.  The wiring doesn’t feel dated (although the farm life may) and the stories flow easily one into the other so you feel like you’re with Anne every step of the way, not just reading a series of short stories.

The verdict?  Read this book.

Anne of Green Gables is a light, easy read.  You’ll fall in love with Anne so quickly you won’t know what hit you, I promise.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

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Anne of green gables stays on the shelf

I love love love this book.

Anne of Green Gables is one of those volumes that I MUST have.  If I could only rescue 3 books from a burning house, Anne would be one of them.

The only thing I don’t like here is the edition… but I can’t find a full matching set of anything other than the mass market paperbacks?! Literally the only way this book is going anywhere is if I can replace it (and all its companions) with nicer editions.

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