Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery

July 9, 2016 Book Reviews, Books 8

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Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery | 1908, this ed. 2014 | Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster | Paperback $7.99

When 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. 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.

FIRST, I just have to fangirl for a minute over this gorgeous cover. *pets*

This was a re-read for me, although it’s been years since I read it last. To be honest, my memory of the book was a bit off! I remembered Anne as being an annoying, sickly-sweet character, and for some reason I imagined Marilla as a kind of villain?

Reading it again now as an adult, I found Marilla to be a much more sympathetic character. I did still find Anne a tiny bit annoying in some ways (all those giant wall-o-text ramblings, for instance), but she’s less of a Pollyanna than I remembered — not so much the eternal optimist, more like a little drama queen prone to rhapsodies of imagination and emotion.

I also enjoyed this book for its quality as a kind of snapshot in time. It is set in the Canadian Martimes in the early 20th century, and there are many interesting little historical details, like food and drink, rural public schooling, early feminism, and fashion of course — who can forget Anne’s obsession with puffed sleeves?

I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll read the rest of the series. I don’t think I ever read them before? But I am glad that I put this on my Classics Club list and tackled it this year for the Women’s Classic Literature Event.


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Publication information: Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables. New York: Aladdin, 2014. Print.
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.

8 Responses to “Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery”

  1. Jennifer

    She is a little drama queen, isn’t she? I love the Anne books. They are a huge part of my childhood so I have trouble judging them accurately. I know some of the sequels are better than others but it almost hurts to say that because this is Anne we are talking about. I spent a large portion of my childhood wishing for red hair because of her.

    • Louise

      Aww, that’s cute! I can totally see a kid wishing for red hair because of Anne-with-an-E, even though she complained about it haha!

  2. Reno @ Falling Letters

    I had the same sort of expectations that you remembered when I read this book for the first time. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I’ve now read the first three books in the series and I’ve enjoyed following Anne as she grows up and finds her place in the world.

    • Louise

      Oh, I’m glad you’re enjoying the sequels. I’m hoping to find some with covers that match this pretty one.

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I read Anne of Green Gables more recently and just loved it. I’m sure I would have been obsessed if I read it as a child. It’s such a sweet story, and I empathized a lot with Anne. Hopefully I’m not as rambly as her. At least not in real life, haha. I love this cover too. There are quite a few really pretty covers of this book out there – makes it so hard to choose.

    I’m glad you gave this a re-read! Like you, I’m not sure if I want to continue on with the series, I feel like this book is so perfect on it’s own.

    • Louise

      I don’t even like most kids, but I couldn’t help feeling like Anne could be an exception if she were real. Maybe… the rambling might get to be a bit much, haha.

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