Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Publisher: Barnes & Noble (1908)
Hardcover (371 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, 2016 Re-Reading, Classics Club, Read 2016
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.
I first read Anne of Green Gables when I was in grade school and I fell in love with the character of Anne Shirley. I could totally relate to Anne and I read all of the Anne books. I enjoyed Anne’s story so much that I even managed to convince my parents to take me to Prince Edward Island and Avonlea on summer. It was amazing.
Anne Shirley was just an orphan in Nova Scotia when she was sent to Avonlea and the Cuthbert siblings. However, Matthew and Marilla had wanted an orphan boy to help around the farm and Anne was not a boy. After much deliberation, Marilla agrees to allow Anne to stay at Green Gables.
Anne has such a delightful imagination. She can quite easily imagine that things are different than they appear. She is also in the habit of giving extravagant names to ordinary things such as the White Way of Delight, the Snow Queen, and the Lake of Shining Waters.
Diana Barry easily becomes Anne’s first and best friend in Avonlea. Diana’s imagination isn’t quite to the level of Anne’s but somehow she manages to keep up with Anne. She also puts up with Anne’s never-ending chatter and the two become inseparable.
Then there is Gilbert Blythe. Anne does not like Gilbert as he once called her “Carrots.” This is something Anne considers unforgivable. Gilbert, however, really wants to make it up to Anne but she won’t let him. He really does feel terrible about the incident and yet Anne won’t even let him speak to her.
I just love Anne of Green Gables. It was a childhood favorite and is still a favorite today. I am so glad that took the time to reread this book.