Review: Anne of Green Gables

Review: Anne of Green GablesTitle: Anne of Green Gables
Author(s): LM Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Genre(s): Classic
Pages: 384 (Hard Cover)
Source: Own
For: Readalong
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Synopsis from Goodreads

"She'll have to go back." Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead--a mischievous, talkative redhead who the Cuthberts thought would be no use at all. But as soon as Anne arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever. And the longer Anne stayed, the harder it was for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her.

My Thoughts

I read Anne of Green Gables as part of a readalong because I had never read it before. I was worried I wouldn’t like it because classics and I don’t always get along very well. I needn’t have worried because I adored Anne and her spunk.

I can see why this coming-of-age story is a classic. Anne of Green Gables is endearing with its quaint setting and memorable characters. As I said, I love Anne. She reminded me of myself, other than of her being ever the optimist. (I’m definitely not an optimist.) Like her, I love to name plants and inanimate objects anthropomorphizing them. I’m extremely talkative and competitive. I love fiercely and tend to hold grudges even though I try not to. I quite related to her.

I also loved the secondary characters, some more than others. Matthew was my favorite. He was such a kind soul, always looking out for Anne. I wish we had gotten to know Gilbert more. View Spoiler » And, even though I was often frustrated with Marilla’s no-nonsense ways, I even liked her because I knew she loved Anne.

I’m glad I can say that I’ve finally read Anne of Green Gables and I look forward to reading at least the second book in the series at some point in the future.

8 replies
  1. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    I’m glad the read-along was a success. I hope you forgive me for not participating. I loved the miniseries and never felt the need to continue on with the books.

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  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    I have trouble with classics too but this one sounds nice, even though I’m a guy and it’s not a “guy” book per se it does look like it would be sort of a comfort read, especially if you grew up with it? I’ve seen a lot of love for it from people who read it as kids. And the setting does sound awesome!

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