#AnneReadAlong2017: Anne of Green Gables, A Review

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Hello fellow Anne lovers!

May is already flying by, and I am a bit behind my ideal schedule for posting this first review of the read along. Sorry for the delay!

A few exciting read along announcements.

  • First, welcome to Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku, my co-host for the read along!! I am so excited to have Jackie hosting. She is awesome!
  • Be sure to use our read along hashtag and spread the word: #AnneReadAlong2017.
  • It’s never too late to join! Check out the details on this page.
  • I’m still messing with the read along images. Thanks for your patience 🙂

Now onto my review! I actually posted a review of this book about a year and a half ago here. I am using that review as a guide in writing this review. Enjoy!

Initial Thoughts:

  • I love this book. And every time I read it, I love it more. This story makes me happy. It’s just a feel good story that inspires me to be happier, more loving, and more kind. I want to read it over and over again.
  • I want to be Anne’s best friend and live in Avonlea and live in this book.
  • Every time I read it, I am reminded how much I want to go visit Prince Edward Island in Canada, especially in the fall.

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Anne of Green Gables chronicles the coming of age story of Anne Shirley, an imaginative and quirky orphan girl looking for kindred spirits and a place to call home. Through a lucky miscommunication, she finds herself at Green Gables, the beautiful Canadian farm belonging to siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. And she immediately wants to call it home. Anne is always on an adventure and trying to be good (while making some hilarious mistakes). After a short trial period, they adopt Anne and change her life–and Anne officially becomes Anne of Green Gables.

Anne is a classic protagonist. I love everything about her. She is quirky, loving, passionate, and hard working. I love that she loves books and learning. I love how hard she works in everything she does. Because she works hard, she nearly always succeeds, in school, work, and in friendship. I love that is a true and loyal friend to all sorts of people from sweet, kindred spirits Diana Berry and Matthew Cuthbert to tough skinned Marilla Cuthbert to incredible teacher Miss Stacey. But the best thing about Anne is that she tries to learn from her mistakes and is willing to change. I see myself in Anne, making mistakes and trying to be better. I think we can all see ourselves in Anne and her story.

Green Gables is one of the great settings within a novel. I hope to one day explore Anne’s Avonlea on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Because her writing is so vivid, I feel that Montgomery has already transported me her so many times. Not only is the larger setting of Prince Edward Island lovely, but I think Green Gables is equally memorable. It’s a picturesque farm that becomes a special home for Anne. It inspires me to create a similar safe haven in my home for my children.

One of my favorite elements in this novel is the writing style. Montgomery creates a truly memorable and beautiful story through her writing. Her style is simple and easy to get enveloped in.  Her writing makes me feel like I am a part of her story. I have been to Green Gables and wandered the paths of Prince Edward Island with Anne and Diana. I cried and mourned with Anne when she lost Matthew. I laughed at Anne’s antics and ridiculous mistakes like her green dyed hair and superfluous apology to Mrs Lynne. I have traveled to Queens with Anne and wandered through her Lover’s Lane. I just feel happy when I read Montgomery’s writing.

What caught my attention this time reading the novel is the depth of the secondary characters. I think we can all agree that Anne is a fabulous protagonist. But I think equally round and complex are characters like Marilla, Matthew, Gilbert, and more. I love all the characters, not just Anne. We learn so much about these characters even in a simple story. And of course, many of them continue to make appearances in later books. Perhaps these rich characters are part of the reason the Anne books feel so real. Not only is the setting real in Montgomery’s descriptions and tone, but the people feel real as well.

The themes that flow throughout this story are lovely and add to the quality of this novel for me. The importance of friendship, loyalty, education, family, learning from mistakes, and finding happiness are all seen throughout this novel. Anne teaches us to find kindred spirits in all sorts of places. She teaches us to make sacrifices for the people we love. She teaches us the value of an education and of working hard to fulfill big dreams. She teaches us to move forward after we make a mistake and seek to make amends. And she teaches us to find joy and happiness in life’s journey, no matter our circumstances.

A few favorite Anne quotes from this read:

A review of Anne of Green Gables would be incomplete without a mention of Gilbert. I adore Gilbert. From his first interaction with Anne and the broken slate over his head, to their reconciliation and budding friendship at the end of the novel, I was always rooting for Gilbert. He is the classic boy next door who is perfect for Anne. It just takes her so long to figure it out for herself. We all breathe a contented sigh when they finally become friends at last. And look forward to what happens in later books for them 🙂

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What a great way to being the #AnneReadAlong2017! I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I always do! Link up your first review below.

Enter your information in the form below, and I will add it to the list of reviews.

Basically, I discovered that because I have a free wordpress account, it is complicated and potentially impossible to get a inlinkz widget on my site. So we are going with the next best thing here. Be assured that your post will be on the list below if you submit it on the above form. Thanks!

Reviews of and posts about Anne of Green Gables:

Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf

Sarah @ Sarah Emsley

Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku

Naomi @ Consumed by Ink

Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom

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13 thoughts on “#AnneReadAlong2017: Anne of Green Gables, A Review

  1. “I want to be Anne’s best friend and live in Avonlea and live in this book.”

    Yes! Lovely review Jane. You managed to review this book perfectly, and much better than I ever could.

    I just linked up my post about why you should read AoGG, and we both mentioned many of the same things in our posts. I will also be posting another post, but this one will be more of a discussion type post.

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    1. Thanks so much, Amanda! This is one of my favorite books so I tried to do it justice in a review 🙂 Checking out your post now. And send me the link of your discussion post when it’s up. I’d love to read it and share it 🙂

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  2. I found the same thing when I re-read Anne as an adult – the secondary characters really popped for me. Marilla is a favourite. And of course, Gilbert… he will always be my first love. 🙂

    I filled in the information for linking my ‘review’ (it’s not so much a review, but a look at all the book covers over the years), but I’m not sure if it’s done right. Let me know if you need me to try again!

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  3. Yay! I’m so excited to see your review posted. This will be really interesting since this is my first time reading the series, but you’re coming back to Anne like she’s an old friend. Have you read the entire series already? I can’t wait to explore Avonlea with you.

    I agree that the depth of the secondary characters are key. I love character development and watching Jane Pye and Diana and Gil all grow with Anne, but differently, were wonderful. Plus Marilla and Mrs. Rachel Lynde and Matthew too!

    Here is my review. I can’t wait to start the next book!

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    1. I’m glad we have different perspectives coming into the books. I think that will be fun to see how our opinions differ. I have read about half the books before. But never in sequence like this. Excited to do the full series with you 🙂

      Checking out your review now!

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  4. Unfortunately I have never read Anne of Green Gables, I wish I’d read this one when I was young, I think I would have loved it. I should still read it though, I like the sound of it and those quotes you shared are great! 🙂

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  5. One of my favourite passages in Anne of Green Gables is in the last chapter, where Anne reaffirms that she’s “just as ambitious as ever,” even though there’s an unexpected bend in the road and she doesn’t know what lies ahead. I agree with you that a lot of the appeal of Anne’s story has to do with her commitment to searching for joy and happiness even in the midst of disappointment. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit PEI someday! It’s very beautiful.

    I participated in a Green Gables readalong a couple of years ago, but I didn’t join in until Anne of the Island and thus don’t have an Anne of Green Gables blog post to share. So instead, in case this one is of interest, I’ll offer you the link to a post on birthday “coincidences” in Anne of Green Gables and Jane Austen’s Emma. I hope that’s okay, and still close enough to the topic at hand! If not, please feel free to delete.

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      1. Thanks, Jane! PEI is one of my favourite places, and my family and I try to visit a few times a year. I feel lucky that I live in Nova Scotia, so it’s easy to get there for the weekend. I expect you’ll enjoy visiting L.M. Montgomery-related sites when you go. There are so many of them — Green Gables, the LMM Birthplace Museum, her grandparents’ home in Cavendish, the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Park Corner, the school in Lower Bedeque where she taught, and the list goes on! Someday I hope to visit some of the places in Ontario where she lived.

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