“Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” // Review of “Anne of Green Gables” by L. M. Montgomery

Title: Anne of Green Gables
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Genre:  YA/children’s classic
Dates read: 02/04/18 – 17/04/18
Rating: ★★★


When I told people recently that I was reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time, the most common reaction was shock. How could I not have read this as a young girl?! I know, I know. And I’m a little sad that I didn’t, because I think in leaving it until I was an adult, I missed the boat a little. I think there is a certain amount of childhood nostalgia attached to it, and I have missed out on that.

Still, Anne Shirley is a character who you can’t help but like. She’s overly talkative, and clumsy and dorky and makes mistakes, but she has a wonderful attitude towards the world at large, and I did constantly find myself smiling at the things she said. The side characters were also well-written; I really felt like I knew all these figures in the small farming community.

I did often find myself wishing that events were described as they happened, rather than us witnessing them via Anne telling her guardian, Marilla, about them afterwards. Sometimes she would go into detail, but sometimes we wouldn’t get more than a “Marilla, it was simply wonderful!”

I have the rest of the Anne books available, and while I didn’t love the book the way many have, the story was definitely enjoyable enough that I do want to revisit Avonlea again at some point.

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4 thoughts on ““Dear old world, you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” // Review of “Anne of Green Gables” by L. M. Montgomery

  1. Ash says:

    This post is so interesting! I’m an Anne of Green Gables fan, but I first read the books when I was 11, so if I do reread the series there’s definitely a sense of nostalgia in it for me. I’ve never considered what it would be like if I were coming to the series as a reader for the first time. I quite liked Rilla of Ingleside too, the final book in the series. It’s based during World War 1 and is quite a bit different from the other Anne stories, but I love it 😊😊


  2. camillesbookishadventures says:

    I love Anne of Green Gables, but I did read the first one when I was in my early teens. I have read a few of the other books in the series, to find they weren’t as good in my opinion once Anne has reached adulthood.
    I’m going to check Rilla on Ingleside following Ash’s advice!


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