Anne of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Summery from Goodreads…
When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent, but warm-hearted eleven-year-old girl. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.
4 words: I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Wow, I first read this book when I was a kid but I had forgotten how funny it was! Anne is a passionate dreamer who can go from the “depths of despair” to the top of the world within the same day. Montgomery writes such a character that you can’t help but fall in love with. This book covers about five years and we get to see the changes that come over Anne and the changes she brings to Avonlea (a little bit of imagination.) One thing about Anne is that no matter how many scraps she gets into she’s always trying to be good and she’s always honest.
I love Marilla and Matthew. Marilla is always trying to be stern with Anne because she wants to raise her properly but even she can’t help laughing to herself later over some of the stunts Anne pulls. Matthew is just a sweetheart and he spoils Anne whenever he can get away with it. While there are men in this book most of them are only mentioned in passing. Come to think of it I think that the only males that ever speak are Matthew, the teacher, and Gilbert Blythe and that isn’t much.
Oh, dear Gil. I really wanted to see more of him cause I just love him and how he keeps trying to get Anne to notice him. The one thing I disliked about Anne is that she wouldn’t forgive his little teasing when he begged friendship. I totally would have! Although I will say that I grew up with the Anne of Green Gables movie so I was already in love with Gil before I opened the book. Although they are different I was surprised how similar the movie and the book were. Same events pretty much but put in a different order.
Really nothing. This was an amazing book. I probably could say a few things I would have liked to see added though. I wanted more of Gilbert in it like I said and perhaps I would have liked to see more of the big events. Each chapter is almost like a separate story of Anne’s adventures (aka when trouble finds Anne) but they only show what it take for her to get there and not the actually event (the picnic, concert, ect) she had been so excited about. Although I can see why they were left out. The story is about Anne’s wacky adventures and that is enough I suppose.
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”
“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an 'e'.”
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