Saturday, January 21, 2012

Review: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a classic story of a young orphan girl named Anne Shirley who is sent to live with a brother and sister, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Originally expecting a young boy to help with the tasks of the house, the pair decide to keep the girl - a decision that changes both of their lives forever.

Anne is a precocious, imaginative and kind-hearted girl who grows up throughout the length of the first book in the series by L.M. Montgomery. In this book, the reader joins Anne as she learns how it feels to belong and be loved by those around her. She meets her first bosom friend, Diana Barry and gets into mischief on the way to growing up into a young adult.

This book has beautiful lines of literature - some that simply made my heart break, to be honest. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but let me say that this book covers many areas of growing up (getting into trouble, falling in love, and losing a loved one) in a unique and interesting manner. Anne of Green Gables never got boring or out of touch - it simply stands as a work of literature that touches the heart of those of all ages. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories, and I feel that young ones (10 yo+) and teenagers alike will take much out of this story that some of the current books (young adult and adult) cannot seem to grasp. Anne Shirley is truly the heroine of any person who has ever felt unwanted, unloved and discouraged at one point in their life (which includes us all) - but triumphed despite it all.

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