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Before Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables 0.5)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,680 Ratings  ·  743 Reviews
Before she arrived at Green Gables, Anne Shirley had a difficult early life. Orphaned as a baby, she is sent from one foster-home to the next, caring for other people’s children though but a child herself, and escaping from her dark reality through the power of her vivid imagination. Curious, inventive, and outspoken, even at a young age, Anne battles to make a life for he ...more
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published 2008 by Penguin Canada
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Lisa the Librarian
Nov 09, 2011 Lisa the Librarian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: I'm a huge Anne fan
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Gwen the Librarian
As a huge fan of Anne as a girl, the adult in me did not want to spoil any of my memories by picking up this prequel commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables. As a librarian, I felt it was my duty to suck it up and read. I was not disappointed.

Before Green Gables seems to stay close to Anne's own description of her life before arriving at Green Gables (but it's been a few years since I last read it, so purists may have gripes I didn't notice). It opens with the romance of h
Clif Hostetler
Nov 30, 2015 Clif Hostetler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked the book, Anne of Green Gables.
Shelves: novel
Can a gifted and spirited young soul shine in spite of a terrible home environment? I was curious to learn how the author would describe Anne Shirley's birth and orphaned childhood and end up with the lovable and spunky girl we all know from Anne of Green Gables. I'd say that Budge Wilson has done a good job writing in the style of L.M. Montgomery. A few scattered items in the writing indicate a 21st Century author unlike L.M. Montgomery. However, I'm not complaining since I am a 21st Century re ...more
Apr 17, 2008 Bobbi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For all of those Anne of Green Gable fan out there, this is a great book. I felt it blended seamlessly with the original series. I'm not sure why it's not considered a children's book, other than I'm sure that it was marketed to reach those of us who are nostalgic and sentimental about Anne. I felt that the author was true to the story and characters. It was a pleasant and fun read.
Jun 24, 2008 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne of GG fans with an open mind
Shelves: 2008
Actually, I want to give it 3.5. It's not perfect -- Anne starts speaking like an 11-year old when she's like 3, there isn't anything especially innovative, and there are some mindsets and turns of phrases that felt anachronistic -- but in general I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It almost ended up on my "Abandoned" shelf, but I wanted to keep reading about Anne's childhood. And the end result was that I got super re-energized to reread the actual Anne series, to the point that I ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne of Green Gables fans
My wife and I spent our honeymoon on Prince Edward Island and, there, I was introduced to Anne Shirley and Lucy Maud Montgomery, and her Anne books. I enjoyed them very much, so when I heard that a prequel was being published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, I picked it up as soon as it came into my local library.
This book is clearly very well-researched, giving Anne's background leading up to the beginning of Lucy Maud Montgomery's original series.
Okay, I stopped reading this about halfway through. It was a sweet tribute to the Anne of Green Gables series, but I wasn't wowed by the execution. This story takes place when Anne is a young orphan, before she goes to her permanent home. I just found the character of Anne to be...wrong. She's talking like a grownup at age 6...yeah, right. I decided to stop reading, and just pretend this prequel never happened.
CmPete Tucker
Mar 10, 2008 CmPete Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some prequels shouldn't be written at all they may be ok run of the mill novels, but they don't live up to the originals. Some require you to suspend what you know about the original books so you don't scream "NO!! Ashley's eyes weren't blue!!" as you read...
Before Green Gables is NOT one of those. This book takes very few liberties with what we already know about Anne-with-an-e, and provides a generous history for the beleoved heroine. I was entranced by the description of Anne's parents and th
Lindley Walter-smith
An unrelentingly grim discourse on poverty turning people abusive and unloving, and on having many children ruins women's lives - with discursions about pre eclampsia and postnatal depression - is not really what I was hoping for in Anne profic. The constant excusing of male violence towards women was just the icing on the cake. There is also the huge issue that almost all the nice characters are on a higher class stratum than the nasty ones, giving another unfortunate message.

To top it off, Ann
Aug 15, 2010 indri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-gift

Seseorang dibentuk oleh kehidupannya, apa-apa yang dilaluinya..

Buat penggemar Anne, the little girl with red hair, buku ini sangat menarik untuk dibaca.
Rentang waktu penulisannya, seratus tahun sejak Anne muncul di Green Gables, sangat jauh, sehingga amat tidak mungkin Budge Wilson meminta pendapat Lucy Montgomery tentang masa kecil Anne.

Selama ini kita tahu kehidupan Anne sebelumnya hanya dari celotehannya saja, bahwa ia dari rumah yatim piatu, pernah mengasuh anak kembar, sehingga t
May 19, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne of Green Gables fans
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Mar 28, 2008 aisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have enjoyed the "Anne of Green Gables" series since I was a young girl, I was excited to hear that a prequel was out. However, I am always wary of books about beloved characters NOT written by the original author. So, I was prepared not to get too emotionally attached from the get-go.

I needn't have worried. Budge Wilson does a tremendous job of showing us Anne's early upbringing and marrying it with the "Anne with an e" we come to know and love in the "Green Gables" series. If you love the
Mar 31, 2008 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would not recommend this book to anyone except fans of the original work. It is a book that does not live up to its promise. As you read it, you may realize that you loved the book "Anne of Green Gables" as much for L.M. Montgomery's superb writing as for the character of Anne. With a more pedestrian writing style, the magic of the story fades.

Several years ago I started searching out every Montgomery book and short story that I could find, and was captivated by her excellent characterizations
Aug 26, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bethany
This book was a delightful rendering of Anne's childhood before Green Gables. I was surprised to read book reviews that thought that this book was depressing because of all the misfortunes that befell Anne in her childhood. Weren't misfortunes Anne's lot before she arrived at Green Gables? Yet inspite of her misfortunes, it is Anne's ability to use her imagination to get her through the "depths of despair" and to find joy and goodness in the people and world that surrounds her which makes her st ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hist-fict

As a prequel to the LMM books, this doesn't exactly stand up with the Green Gables series. Written as historical fiction rather than contemporaneously, this book has some problems with characterization and tone as well as historical details. There were, perhaps, too many characters that were not fully sketched for the reader, and even our beloved heroine was a bit one-dimensional.

This is not an intro to the Anne books, and probably won't be of interest to the casual reader. But I did read it ra
Jul 15, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not perfect. I don't think there is any way a modern author could accomplish the doubly impossible trick of going back in time and jumping into another author's head. I honestly can't imagine the book being any better, even while I note its flaws.

One of the difficulties of imagining Anne as she must have been before she arrived in Avonlea, is that Anne was extraordinary at age 11. What forces caused her to become that 11 year old child? Who influenced her, what events shaped her? In trying
May 01, 2011 Mandolin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-inventory
Using the allusions to Anne Shirley's childhood garnered from the original L. M. Montgomery stories, Budge Wilson gives us her rendition of Anne's life prior to her arrival at Green Gables. The book opens before Anne is even born, allowing us a glimpse of Anne's parents and their idyllic marriage. These passages are slow but the story picks up speed after Anne's birth, which leaves her mother weak and susceptible to a fever that sweeps through their town in Nova Scotia and ends up claiming her l ...more
Aug 31, 2012 gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh... the book did get better towards the end. But there were a fair amount of problems with the book. First, I listened to the audiobook and the reader was good except for "baby Anne's" voice which she made sound like a female version of a chucky doll. It was creepy and incredibly fake. It made me dislike her and whoever allowed her to continue reading it. Seriously? It was so bad there aren't even words for it. But as she got older the fake puffed cheek serial killer high pitched female voice ...more
Reban Buku
We know how critical one of us bookworms get when our favourite books are adapted into a film. But what happens when a different author writes the prequel of one of your favourite book?

I'm one of those people who needs to watch every film adaptation and read every prequel even if it was written by another author, even when I knew how bad it's going to turn out.

If you're a fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, do read this book. It's fascinating to find out the events which happened before the
Katie Farnham
Jun 20, 2008 Katie Farnham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
When I saw this book at the store, I was immediately excited, then wary. As a devoted fan of the Lucy Maude Montgomery's treasured series, I wondered if this book could live up to the true Anne books.

I was pleasantly surprised! Authorized by the Montgomery heirs, Budge Wilson did a good job of capturing Anne's spirit through her turbulent upbringing. I wondered as I began reading how a story we already know as sad could be an uplifting book but the author reminds us that Anne has always been goo
Becky Hanlin
I was excited when I found this book, because I love the Anne of Green Gables series. However, this book was a disappointment. The story line was just o.k., and I found it to be very wordy and very redundant. We all know that Anne is a talker, but when the author is not showing us Anne's thoughts or what she's saying, she doesn't need to repeat the same things over and over. There were several times when I was able to skip a large paragraph or even an entire page in order to just get on with the ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Hilary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Walter and Bertha and baby Anne were too perfect, which made some dichotomies overly noticeable. It tried too hard to tie in with the main books, leading to a lot of repetitive scenes for those already familiar with the series, but it was interesting to read one take on the "what ifs" of Anne's childhood before Green Gables. That was really the only reason I finished it.

Edited to add: I must have blocked out my first read because somehow I checked it out again. My second foray did not improve my
Naomi Bennet
When I saw this book - Before Green Gables - in the library, I HAD to take it home. As a huge Green Gables fan, it was an irresistable force. I didn't expect it to be that good - after all, who can top Montgomery? (and I have a kind of undying prejudice towards prequels/sequels/spinoffs written by other people) - but I'm happy to say that was pleasantly surprised, although it did drag a little now and then.

It started with Bertha and Walter and their yellow cottage, and the birth of Anne. Then th
Dec 05, 2008 Kirsten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A breathtaking look at the beginnings of the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series, we see her parents and their lives before being touched by Anne. We follow Anne through family after family up till she comes to Green Gables. Wilson's storytelling and writing expertise is a gem, the characters are well-rounded and detailed, their hardships not taken lightly throughout the whole story. I'll definitely be rereading BEFORE GREEN GABLES again.
Jul 16, 2010 Emrustle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an avid Anne fan, i found this a very loveable prequel to Montgomery's series. Although no writing could ever be quite like Montgomery's, this book is written simply and convincingly from the child Anne's perspective. A charming, enjoyable read, which introduces us to Anne's parents before their deaths, and takes us to the brink of her meeting with Matthew Cuthbert.
Oct 15, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilson was successful in retaining the flavor of Anne's thought processes and speech patterns, both of which are part of her continual charm.

I was afraid the book would be horribly depressing, but while my heart ached for this small child thrust into adult responsibilities without creative outlets (other than her own fertile mind!) Anne herself was interesting enough to overcome the dreariness of her life. That made the reading experience much less onerous.

I'm not sure what someone unfamiliar
I'm one of many thousands across the world who adores Anne of Green Gables. As a child, I wished I was her! However, this prequel focused on the years before she arrived on Prince Edward Island (which she refers to in the original book series) when she was orphaned at 3 months old and had a life that would have been challenging for any child. She lives with 2 families where she is basically a housekeeper, nanny, cook, cleaner and slave before finally living in an orphanage at age 11 just before ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013, 2-stars
I enjoyed how this book gave us Anne's past - and it did it well, seeing what a troubled childhood she had, and how she ended up the way it was. I even felt like it read like an Anne book that LM Montgomery herself would have written.

That said, I really wasn't a fan, which was disappointing. I adore Anne of Green Gables , so I was interested in this book. But ye gods, it was long, it was a little boring, and I didn't really care to read about how lonely and overworked Anne was all freaking time
Canadian Children's Book Centre
When award-winning author Budge Wilson accepted the formidable challenge to write a prequel to Anne of Green Gables (a prequel fully authorized by the heirs of L.M. Montgomery), she did so hoping to “solve the puzzle” of how Anne Shirley, with her difficult background, “managed to become who she was when she first stepped off the train in Prince Edward Island.” The warp and weft of Anne’s back story are drawn from the original (the death of her schoolteacher parents, her years of toil in foster ...more
Nothing good happens to Anne before Green Gables! Although the book is well written it is extremely depressing. The author describes the loving home and happy parents of Anne who both die! So sad! Then she is taken in by a woman who treats her bad and ends up having 4 or 5 little boys after she takes Anne in. Anne helps her take care of all the boys. The one person, an older daugher Eliza, treats her like a daughter but moves out of the house to get married. Anne is heartbroken! Then you think m ...more
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Budge was educated in Halifax schools and at Dalhousie University (degree in Philosophy and Psychology, Diploma in Education, Physical Education teaching certificate). She did two years of graduate work in English at the University of Toronto, and worked at the Institute of Child Study (U. of T.) for four years--filing, illustrating, editing, writing. She illustrated three books for the University ...more
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