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Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2)

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At sixteen, Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job as the new schoolteacher, the real test of her ch ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published January 1st 1978 (first published 1909)
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Dec 24, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great continuation of her story and I love seeing Anne and her friends start to become adults while still keeping their fantastic personalities.
Gilbert is also my fave forever especially because he is WAITING FOR HER without expecting anything beyond friendship - though he is still hopeful, he's more concerned about being a man worthy of her while being her friend, not convincing her he's a "nice guy".
Sep 21, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was more enchanted by this book the first time I read it. More recently, I was put off by the description of the pair of twins Anne and Marilla adopt: Davy and Dora.

Davy is a handful, asking impossible questions, getting into trouble and so forth. Dora is quiet and well-behaved. Anne and Marilla love Davy more (by their own words). The idea is repeated three or four times. Good little Dora is respectable, obedient, predictable and boring; she just doesn't need as much attention and direction a
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
It's almost worse now that Anne and Gilbert are actually friends. *rubs fist over heart*



I will persevere!
Jul 28, 2016 Melki rated it it was amazing


This was exactly what I needed . . . the long soak in a hot tub, the breath of fresh air, the perfect antidote to the hatred and venom spewed by the racist, rabid yam currently running for President. Yes, after a week of watching a 70-year-old toddler throw daily tantrums, it was so refreshing to pick up this book and escape to a world where you could stumble upon a stranger's house and be invited in for tea.

This volume concentrates on Anne's two years spent teaching. There are good days a
Dec 01, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In the twilight Anne sauntered down to the Dryad's Bubble and saw Gilbert Blythe coming down through the dusky Haunted Wood. She had a sudden realization that Gilbert was a schoolboy no longer. And how manly he looked—the tall, frank-faced fellow, with the clear, straightforward eyes and the broad shoulders. Anne thought Gilbert was a very handsome lad, even though he didn't look at all like her ideal man. She and Diana had long ago decided what kind of a man they admired and their tastes seeme ...more
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Mar 19, 2016 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel was just as good as the first one "Anne of Green Gables". It was nice, comfortable, endearing and at times hilarious. In this book, we get to follow Anne as she grows up to become a woman, and the new set of characters (as well as the well-known ones from the first book) are great. Montgomery has managed to create a world which can only bring a smile to your face, and so I'm obviously excited to get back to it whenever I decide to pick up the third book.
Jul 24, 2016 Manybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne of Green Gables Fans
I spent about a month rereading this second book of the Anne of Green Gables series for our "Kindred Spirits" May 2010 group read, and I am still debating wether to re-rate and consider giving it a 3 star rating instead of a 4 star rating. I think that I will (at least for the time being) keep the 4 star rating, as the story is still very much a personal favourite, although if it were possible to give it a 3.5 star rating, I would do so (but I doubt GR will ever relent with regard to half stars) ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anne of Avonlea drinking game:
Take a drink of your tea/soda/plum wine every time
-Anne's grey eyes are mentioned
-Marilla is sarcastic
-Paul Irving says "you know"
-Paul Iriving refers to his "little mother"
-Diana's weight is mentioned
-Anne or Marilla express their preference for Davy/speak unkindly of Dora because she's "too good."

The character of Davy just about ruined this book for me. I kind of hated him. His sister, Dora, is a sweet, mild-mannered, overall good kid. And so Davy takes great joy
"Don't you know that it is only very foolish folk who talk sense all the time?"

Another Series of Letters.

A woman picked a leaf out of my hair on the bus today (true story… it's very windy and I don’t brush my hair there are a lot of trees near me). Also, I’m pretty sure One Direction (and their fan girls) were on the same bus this morning. (Brits… you’ll understand my pain. Everyone else, you don’t want to know...I promise you.)
Also, the postman didn’t knock on the door and just
Apr 25, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Anne of Green Gables
Shelves: 2009
I enjoyed Anne of Avonlea but I did not find it as engaging as Anne of Green Gables. Here's why.

Anne of Green Gables gave the reader lots to look forward to. Will Marilla let Anne stay? When will Anne meet Diana? Will she ever forgive Gilbert?

While reading Anne of Avonlea, I didn't find myself asking any such questions or looking forward to anything. The book didn't seem to be leading up to anything as far as Anne was concerned. It read more like a series of situations involving Anne while the
Feb 04, 2012 Lora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed the first two books
Recommended to Lora by: Jo
Shelves: lib-read, classics
When I was younger, my mother and I would watch reruns of Dennis the Menace. Truth be told, the only enjoyment I got out of these sessions was spending time with my mother. You see, Dennis was, to me, exactly what the title proclaims him to be: a menace. Since I was very young I've had a strong aversion to any one who causes trouble for others or keeps getting into scrapes, be they intentional or not.
As anyone who's read Anne's first installment can imagine, this made it a bit difficult for me t
Oct 05, 2009 Susann rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
When I began my re-read of this, I thought that I would end up giving it 3 stars. In my memory, the book was a string of episodes with a much too poetically precocious Paul. But Montgomery brings meaning to these episodes and shows how Anne grows and how Avonlea changes during Anne's two years as schoolmarm. Paul is still too much for my tastes and I do wish Montgomery had given Dora *some* personality. I'm sure she wanted to contrast her against Davy, but that doesn't meant that poor Dora has t ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Lana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a violent person, but if I could punch any literary character in the face it would be $%^&*!@ Davy.
Oct 02, 2015 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert: I'm going to read all the rest of these and give them all five stars.
Sara Saif

“ ‘Not failure but low aim is crime.’ We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it’s grand and great. Hold fast to your ideals, Anne.”

I generally suck at making comparisons but this time I’ll give it a try without caring for the consequences. Reading this book was like eating a bowl full of my favorite Nestle chocos piled on top of each other in semi-warm milk; delightful, sweet, scrumptious, effort
Jan 31, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

I came to this second installment in the Anne of Green Gables series with no clear memory of having read it as a child, although I'm fairly sure that I did. This means that I lack the strong emotional attachment to the book and to the series as a whole which I know is felt by many readers.

When I recently listened to the audiobook of Anne of Green Gables for the first time since my childhood, I felt engaged by the characters and by the setting. I especially responded to Marilla as she came to re
Apr 11, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, april-2013
This isn't as good as the first, in my opinion. I was hoping for more interaction with Anne and Gilbert. Though they are both members of the Avonlea Village Improvement Society, the two of them actually do not have many scenes together since he teaches at a school that is further away and is only home on weekends (I think?) and during summer break.

The addition of the troublemaking orphan Davy to the story nearly ruined this book for me. He has a twin sister named Dora who is a total angel, but A
Apr 14, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My ten-year old and I just finished Anne of Avonlea tonight. I asked her if she preferred it to Green Gables. She couldn't decide. While I love this book, Green Gables still has my heart. I have to admit to crying a few times during this one. I tried to explain to my daughter that it's the sweetness that gets to me. I mean sweetness in the best way, no saccharine at all. I can't help wish that this world was a little more like Anne's world.
Anna Jahng
Dec 13, 2015 Anna Jahng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to be interested into reading.
Recommended to Anna by: My mom
I finished "Anne of the Green Gables" few weeks ago and I am currently reading the third book, Anne of the Island. Out of all the three books, the first book is the most thought-grabbing book that snatched my heart away. The marvelous book, "Anne of the Green Gables" written by L.M. Montgomery is about a young orphan girl, Anne, living at a little town called Avonlea located in Prince Edward Island, Canada. This story is not like all plain books where it has a conflict and ends with a resolution ...more
Naomi Sarah
Dec 12, 2015 Naomi Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn between rating this four or five stars. On one hand, I loved it much better than I remembered, but on the other hand, I still don't adore it like some of Lucy Maud Montgomery's other books. So four stars it is. I'm going to be awful pessimistic today and start with 'what I didn't like's first. ( Don't ask me why. )

What I did not like:
1. Anne, I still love her ... but she's just not the SAME and it always breaks my heart a little. Of course, she's still ANNE - she does talk to herself
Nov 15, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm re-reading the Anne series at the moment, even though I've read them all many MANY times before. I know lots of people who think it's odd to read the same book multiple times, but for me there are some books I just never get sick of, and I find it immensely soothing to read something that is completely predictable and familiar.

Anyway that said this has always been my LEAST favourite of the series and a bit of a chore to plough through in order to get to Anne of the Island and then Anne of Wi
Dec 17, 2012 Savanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne of Avonlea has nearly all the strengths I described in my review of Anne of Green Gables—which is to say that its characters are richly developed, its setting powerfully immersive, the plot engaging, and Montgomery's writing style truly gifted. It also continues to portray strong, diverse, independent women and sympathetically eccentric characters.

This second novel of the Anne series, however, wasn't quite as brilliant as the first. It's simply too cheerful, and it lacks the sorrowful elem
Felicia (Little Prairie Library)
What can I say? I love Anne with all of my heart. That is all.
Feb 07, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very enjoyable "Anne" story. I had never read these as a child, so I am now reading them as an adult, reading them aloud to my daughter. We are both really enjoying the descriptive language, the poetry, of these stories.

I love how Anne sees the world, and if was nice to see her keeping her visions of the world even as she matured in this story. I also have to say I really enjoyed the character of Miss Lavender introduced in this book, and her Echo Lodge. The ending of this book was very
Mar 08, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my friend Rebecca: "I thought you might be in need of some Anne."

Update: Detracting a star for poor Dora's sake. And Paul needs to stop saying, "my little mother." Just how little was this woman?

But such a lovely place to visit! I needed a book full of flowers this week.
May 31, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-may-2009
I love this series. Anne can make you see the good in everything. A simple, gentle read. Like watching a black-and-white movie from a simpler time.
Christopher Hicks
Loved this book!! Actually liked it more than the first book. It was sweet and charming. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Jan 24, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

How perfectly lovely!! This book, as well as the first one, has also succeeded in making me so utterly happy while reading it. It teaches so many good morals through its pages it is impossible not to love it.
Anne's character is just so lovable. It is just a joy to see her grow up without loosing what makes her so special and unique.
I have become so attached to her, as well as to the rest of the characters. I honestly love them all and it feels like I know them, which is a very strange
Aug 05, 2016 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
What delight there is in revisiting a book from one's youth and finding it's even BETTER than remembered! That was definitely the case here. I came into this reread with hazy memories from about 10 or 15 years ago, and as each chapter, each bit of dialogue, unfolded, I found myself mentally supplying the words that would come next. So deeply is Anne Shirley embedded in my mind!

I'm not sure if I would have this intense connection to L.M. Montgomery had I not read every scrap of hers that I could
Anne of Avonlea explores the life of sweet Anne as a seventeen-year-old, teaching the children at her local school. She encounters a series of hilarious and hard events as she attempts to win over the reluctant Anthony Pye, secure the students’ love, and cope with the twins adopted into her household. This is a darling tale full to the brim with the hilarity and sweetness of children. The book eventually focuses on Anne, Paul Irving, and Miss Lavender. These three, proclaimed “kindred spirits,” ...more
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.” 1725 likes
“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” 1067 likes
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