Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
Ah, Anne. She and I would have most certainly been kindred spirits, if we had been able to physically meet in person. (I mean, I physically ‘met’ the book, but … I didn’t actually meet Anne…)
I had read and watched the movies numerous times. (They are some of my FAVORITES. *sigh* I have so much love for Gilbert—I mean, those movies. 😉 )
Anne Shirley has an active imagination and a knack for getting herself into scrapes. (I wasn’t necessarily a troublesome child, but I can completely understand and relate to having plans and having things go the opposite way, much like happened to her numerous times!)
Ms. Montgomery tells the story of a young girl growing up. She somehow captured the beauty and the pain of no longer being a child.
The amusing, sweet story was an easy read, but it is, I’m sure, a book I’ll read over and over again. At times there were sentences so relatable or beautifully put that I wanted to highlight them or write them down so I could go back and read them again.
The only thing that I didn’t like as much about the book was that time would go by so quickly, it would be hard to keep up with how old Anne was throughout the story. The author was good to mention it every now and then, but maybe I’m too needy and wanted to know earlier then I was supposed to … Haha!
Anyway, overall I would give it five stars—and I look forward to reading the second one!
Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews
Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.