Review: Anne of Green Gables (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by L.M. Montogomery

Earlier this year I reviewed the audio edition of this book and had mixed feelings. I loved Anne with an E as a little girl but as an adult I felt rather like a Marilla.

However when the new Penguin Classic edition came up for review, I was all in, especially because I wanted to see if I found reading Anne as an adult was better than listening to her. This cover was everything. It captured childhood nostalgia and sentiment and stood out from other edition. Something about the cover screamed ‘raspberry cordial’ to me. I loved the bright colors and graphics.

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 (summary from Goodreads)

Reading Anne (thankfully) was much different than listening to her. I like audiobooks just fine and the narrator who I listened to earlier this year was great, however Anne seemed so whiney to me which made me so sad. Reading her, I could create my own Anne and she didn’t sound whiney or irritating in the least. Sure at times she was ‘young’ sounding and whiney or peruse outlandish, but it wasn’t as obvious reading it as it was listening to the audio book and hearing how they thought Anne sounded.

In fact, I rather liked her and laughed out loud quite a few times. This book is meant to be for younger readers so obviously the prose is more elementary for adult readers but even adult readers will find this famous redhead charming.

I loved reading the foreword by J Courtney Sullivan as well….I laughed because I too sat cross legged watching the VHS Anne of Green Gables as a kid and recited every single line and planned my marriage to Gilbert Blythe. I loved the Anne film as a little girl and I loved how Sullivan incorporated that into her forward and intro of the novel it self and like Sullivan, I hope to one day read Anne with my little boy and hope that he finds new things to love in this series. This isn’t a series exclusive to young girls, this is a series that all genders will love because there are timeless lessons and humor to be found in the pages of this classic.

Anne of Green Gables made me fall in love with an era and of course Prince Edward Island and was the first book where I found my first book boyfriend (Gilbert Blythe). Even as an adult reader, this book is home to many fond memories and nostalgia but young readers will discover a new world full of charm, funny stories and life lessons. If you are looking for a magical read for a child on your holiday shopping list then pick up this book. Anne is for all!

Book: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 

  • Paperback, Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 416 pages
    Expected publication: March 1st 2018 by Penguin Classics (first published 1908)
    ISBN 0143131850 (ISBN13: 9780143131854)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 4 out of 5

Genre: historical fiction, classic, children’s lit

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