“Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)” by L. M. Montgomery
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Classic, Coming of Age
Source: Library Book Sale
Summary from Goodreads:
As soon as Anne Shirley arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever… but would the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected — a skinny girl with decidedly red hair and a temper to match. If only she could convince them to let her stay, she’d try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes or blurt out the very first thing she had to say. Anne was not like anybody else, everyone at Green Gables agreed; she was special — a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreamed of the day when she could call herself Anne of Green Gables.
This book is absolutely charming. I knew other people said it was charming and sweet but I thought I was stronger than them. I should be able to restrain myself from falling for Anne! That didn’t work.
I was surprised by how much I was charmed by Anne because in theory I shouldn’t have liked the book. First of all, it’s a ‘classic’ book which I still struggle with reading. I’m getting better at it but classics are difficult for me to get through. Secondly, Anne of Green Gables is what I call a “plot-less story” (or I guess you could call it more of a coming of age story?). It just takes you from point A to point B. I’m a huge plot girl so not having a defined plot usually annoys me to no end. Thirdly, Anne is so radically different than me. I was sure she was going to annoy me to no end. She can and will talk your head off while I’m much more content to listen to you talk. Despite all that I still managed to fall for the book and her.
Is it possible for someone to read this book and not like Anne? She is too cute. I loved how dramatic she was. She was completely over the top but it worked for her. I know people like that so I could see Anne come to life. Yes, she talked a lot and I do mean a LOT but it helped develop her character. I really got to know her and how her life has been. She soon felt like an old friend.
Like I said, there’s not much of a plot but it worked for the story. You can take a break from your busy life (and reading life) to take a step back into a quieter and simpler time. It was nice to go at a slower speed. I was a bit surprised that the book was able to make me a bit nostalgic for a time and place I’ve never been. I wanted to go with Anne to school and walk over to Diana’s. I actually liked that each chapter was a bit like a short story. That made picking up the book whenever I could much easier. I really enjoyed the ‘stories’ of her getting Diana drunk and Anne dyeing her hair green!
I really should have read this book as a kid. I once was a skinny little girl with red hair and freckles like Anne and I remember hating it. Young me and Anne would have a lot to talk about. It’s hilarious to read as an adult because I’ve grown to love it.
The bottom line? It’s an incredibly charming book. I’m so glad that I got to read it! I hope you decide to read it if you haven’t already.
Are the rest of the books as charming?