Title: Anne of Green Gables
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Summary: When the Cuthberts decide they would like to take in an orphan boy to help with the farm work, they are surprised to find a skinny red-headed girl at their door. Anne Shirley is a spunky and sensitive orphan who is doing her best to fit into a world that hasn’t always been kind to her, and now she needs to prove to the Cuthberts that she is someone they should keep.
Why I Am Recommending: Why haven’t I read this book sooner? I would actually like to pointedly ask my sisters, both of whom grew up reading and enjoying this book, why they didn’t force me to read Anne of Green Gables sooner. It wasn’t until I recently watched Netflix’s adaptation “Anne with an E,” that I finally understood why so many have loved the story. This timeless book is a delight. It is full of luscious description and the bright world that Montgomery creates through the sweet eyes of Anne. Anne is a great character. She is complex and interesting with a mind and mouth going a mile a minute. I was sometimes in awe at the writing Montgomery put into the character of Anne Shirley and her ongoing stream of consciousness. The setting of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island is rich and full of beautiful landscapes, which are easy to imagine through the words on the page. Anne is a multi-dimensional character whose monologues showcase how the world has treated her. Sometimes her point of view is heartbreaking, while other times it makes me rethink my tendency toward cynicism. I have actually noticed myself looking at nature and life and wondering how Anne may have viewed something or described it. I bought the whole 8-book set and I am looking forward to see what else Montgomery has in store for Anne and how she evolves her free-spirited nature into young adulthood. A big recommendation from me, but I suspect most have read this by now!