Book Review: "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery

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
314 pages
Series:  Anne of Green Gables #1
Source:  Gift
*****

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  1. We recently finished reading Anne of Green Gables too.

    “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 felt the same way, LOL! My kids have already moved on to Anne of Avonlea. I do plan to continue some day 🙂

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