Anne Shirley is one of a kind. When we first meet her, she is eleven years old and adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert (even though they had asked for a boy orphan). Anne has a wonderfully active imagination, which tends to get her into some unusual situations. This first book of the series follows Anne through her schooling – all the way through earning her Teacher’s Certificate. She makes deep, lasting friendships as with Diana Barry and holds a major grudge against Gilbert Blythe. She wins over adults all over the town of Avonlea, and she definitely won over this reader.
I had never read this before, nor had I watched any of the film or TV adaptations. All I knew was that this was a story that everyone seems to love. And now I know why.
Anne is just so darn charming! There is such an innocence and simplicity woven through this story that it feels like such a comfort to get lost in her story. There are parts that are so awkward and funny that I found myself grinning like a fool and loving it. There were also some very sad parts that I really had to push through because I had a feeling Anne would come out all right. She is so positive and creative! I thoroughly enjoyed her long-winded rambling speeches that would go from topic to topic and how exasperated Marilla would become from listening to them. This book really is a treat.
I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical, and thought that one book would really be enough for me. However, I am now seriously considering reading on in the series. I’d love to know what happens next at Green Gables! (Don’t tell me!!)
Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery
originally published 1908
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1