Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – REVIEW

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud MontgomeryWhen Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables, she surprises everyone: first of all, she’s a girl, even though Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew specifically asked for an orphan boy to help around the farm. And second of all, she’s not just any girl: she has bright red hair, a wild imagination, and can talk a mile a minute.
But she also has a sweet disposition and quick wit, and Anne (with an “e” of course—it’s so much more distinguished!) soon finds her place in Avonlea, making a friend in her neighbor Diana Barry and attending the local school, where she spurns the advances of the popular and handsome Gilbert Blythe when he commits the ultimate sin of making fun of her hair.

Anne has a temper as fiery as her hair and a knack for finding trouble, and she also has a big heart and a positive attitude that affects everyone she meets.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

I was 26 before I read Anne of Green Gables for the first time. I can’t remember it even crossing my radar when I was younger or any family members recommending it. I wish I had read it then as I think I would have loved it. I’d heard a lot about the TV series with Megan Follows but, again, didn’t watch it until earlier this year (I absolutely adored it, by the way!). Anyway, last year I decided to use Serial Reader to rectify this oversight. I ended up cheating though and reading more than one issue per day as it was so addictive! Unfortunately, Serial Reader didn’t have every book due to copyright issues so I bought the missing books as I didn’t want to miss anything.

There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”

Anne has to be one of the greatest literary characters every created. She’s charming, intelligent, humorous, vivacious, loyal, and precocious. I felt like she was a kindred spirit from the very first chapter. How could anyone not like Anne Shirley?! Despite having a hard life until she’s adopted at 11 years old by the Cuthberts, Anne has never lost her love of life and infectious enthusiasm. She’s someone to be admired for this alone. Alongside Anne, Matthew Cuthbert is a wonderful character. He falls in love with Anne the minute he meets her, and spoils her as much as he can. In return, Anne lightens Matthew’s life and brings him happiness such as he never expected.

“Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”

I loved the budding relationship between Anne and Gilbert, but I especially appreciated the friendship between Anne and Diana. It was refreshing to see two girls be friends without any fighting over boys or other unnecessary drama. I enjoyed every book in the series and relished reading about Anne’s life. It’s not completely light hearted either. There are moments of grief and sadness like in any life. I was surprised by how much I loved Rilla of Ingleside as it didn’t focus on Anne, but rather her daughter, Rilla. It actually became my second favourite book of the series, and one that was especially heartwrenching at times. I would definitely recommend reading this series if you haven’t or buying it for any children in your life.

A delightful story for both children and adults.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery Photo About the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911 in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale, and she wrote close to a dozen books while she was living in the Leaskdale Manse before the Macdonald family moved to Norval, Ontario in 1926.

Maud died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

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