Review + Giveaway (CLOSED) | Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery | Anne of Green Gables #1
Young Adult, Classic
Publication Date | 1908
Review Copy provided by Penguin


Book Blurb:

The beloved coming-of-age tale of a spunky heroine named Anne “with an E,” now for the first time in Penguin Classics and packaged in a Deluxe edition.

L. M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who intended to adopt a boy to help work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Yet Anne’s quirky personality and good-natured spirit causes the siblings to grow to love her anyway, and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair. 

Cherished by both children and adults, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of fierce individualism, and the families we create, rather than the ones we are born into. This Deluxe edition is enhanced with a foreword by bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan, and an introduction and suggestions for further reading by Benjamin Lefebvre, as well as reviews and a selection of early writing by L. M. Montgomery about the process of writing Anne.

| Book Review |

For those of you who don’t know, Anne of Green Gables is the tale of a precocious young orphan girl who wins over not only the hearts of the two people who take her in, but those of an entire town. She won mine over, as well. To say I was charmed by this book would be a massive understatement. It took me weeks to get through this, and I don’t know if I’ve ever been more thankful for that. I feel like I got to spend so much time in Anne’s world; if I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about Anne and the people of Avonlea. I just loved the entire cast of characters, from Mrs. Lynde to Josie Pye to (of course,) Gilbert Blythe. As for her caregivers, I enjoyed the way Anne slowly won over Marilla, but it was her relationship with Matthew that I really enjoyed. At first I thought it odd, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Of course Matthew and Anne would hit it off! Matthew was so uncomfortable and awkward in unfamiliar situations, but with Anne and her non-stop chatter and unending friendliness, there was no opportunity for awkwardness. Her personality simply wouldn’t allow it. I have to say that my two favorite threads throughout this entire book were Anne’s friendship with Diana (especially the part where they were separated by Diana’s mother,) and Anne’s (most of the time not-so-) friendly rivalry with Gilbert Blythe. Gilbert’s sacrifice at the end of this book warmed my heart; it made me love him more than I already did. It was a testament to how much these characters had grown throughout this book. It made me giddy even while it made me sad; it seemed their childhoods just slipped away so quickly.

I’m sure you can tell; it wasn’t just Anne who charmed me – the entire population of Avonlea was a joy to read about. Anne of Green Gables had all the hallmarks of a small town without being jarring and overwhelming the way today’s contemporaries often veer. I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of this read. My only quibble was that this book wasn’t longer, though that’s greed; I just didn’t want it to end. Luckily this book is just the beginning of Anne’s journey, and you better believe I’ll be reading the the rest of the books in this series!

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Series | Anne of Green Gables

  1. Anne of Green Gables
  2. Anne of Avonlea
  3. Anne of the Island
  4. Anne of Windy Poplars
  5. Anne’s House of Dreams
  6. Anne of Ingleside
  7. Rainbow Valley
  8. Rilla of Ingleside
  9. The Road to Yesterday

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  1. Big grin here from a fellow Avonlea fan, Angie! 🙂 I found Matthew and Anne’s friendship very special, too. I know this will seem odd, but I always liked the Rachel Lynde character b/c she always made me laugh. 🙂

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  2. Nobody can argue against the special bond between Matthew and Anne. It was instantaneous. He saw her heart right away. Marilla took longer, definitely. But I loved the slow developing closeness between the two of them just as much.

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  3. I LOVE ANNE SHIRLEY. I recently read the first book as well and completely fell in love with her. I so agree, I love her and Matthew’s relationship. I wasn’t fond of Marilla in the beginning, but she grew on me. Great review! Anne is so special.

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    1. Marilla had to grow on me, as well. But it was so clear how much she came to love Anne. This book was spectacular, and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally pick it up! I’m glad you enjoyed it, too. 🙂

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  4. I have not read any of these books yet! I was able to get a copy of the audiobook for this one just a few weeks ago and am looking forward to starting the journey. I am so glad that you enjoyed it as much as you did.


  5. The whole world of Avonlea is simply beautiful. I have adored this book for years, and LOVED the movies because the actors were exactly how you picture in the books. Its really wonderful to see Anne’s journey in life and you learn along side her.


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