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Emily Climbs (Emily of New Moon #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  13,399 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Emily Starr was born with the desire to write. Asan orphan living on New Moon Farm, writing helpedher face the difficult, lonely times. But now allher friends are going away to high school innearby Shrewsbury, and her old-fashioned, tyrannicalaunt Elizabeth will only let her go if she promisesto stop writng! All the same, this is the firststep in Emily's climb to success. ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published May 1st 1983 by Starfire (first published 1925)
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Molly
An agent pal of mine has a theory that you're either a "A Little Princess" kind of person, or a "A Secret Garden" kind of person. I'd argue that the same "2 kinds of people" rule could be created for Anne versus Emily. Me? I'm totally a "A Little Princess" girl, and while I do dearly love Anne, I'm so much more of an Emily. Which is interesting. B/c I think Little Princess-Anne and Secret Garden-Emily would more naturally correlate. Clearly, I'm an enigma. Even more clearly, I'm also thinking ab ...more
Tracey
I did some reflecting in my (review? Essay? Piece?) thing on Emily of New Moon about why I don't love Emily as much as Anne, why I haven't read the trilogy in many years when I won't let a year go by Anne-less. Emily Climbs clarifies the matter a bit more.

There is a great deal more cynicism in Emily's world than in Anne's. I was astonished reading the first chapters at Emily's perceptiveness – and, like any perceptive person moving among the unimaginative and less incisive, she has, very young,
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Katri
The Emily books have been with me for a longer time than most people I know. I have no idea how many times I've read them, and I could probably quote many passages from them by heart. How can one review such books, then? I won't try. I will only say that these books delight me to no end, and Emily Climbs is perhaps my favourite of the trilogy, because of the youthful dreaminess and enthusiasm of Emily, because it has so much about her writing and I don't know for what other reasons. Montgomery's ...more
Duane
Emily Climbs is the 2nd book in Lucy Maud Montgomerys Emily series, and it is near perfection in classic young adult literature. I loved the first book but this one is even better. Emily of New Moon was introducing characters, setting story lines, etc., but in this book Emily shines like a full moon over Prince Edward Island. Emily is destined to be a writer, she knows it in her heart, although her aunts, the New Moon Murray's, think she is foolish. Nevertheless, they agree to send her to high s ...more
Kate
This is the second book of a lesser-known series by the author of Anne of Green Gables. The Anne books are more popular, but the Emily books are deeper and darker, and some of my favorite young adult literature. Like Anne, Emily is an orphan, and goes to live with conservative relations. The three books chart her coming of age, her college years and her professional endeavors, and are excellently written. Emily is a character of ups and downs -- people who dismiss L.M. Montgomery as a flowery gi ...more
CLM
I found the three Emily books, tattered hardcovers, in the discard pile in a library on Cape Cod when I was 13, and instantly adored them. It was not for about 15 years that they were reissued in paperback by Bantam, so were not widely known in the US at that point.

This one, which follows Emily through high school and adolescence, is fascinating in its glimpse of school and social life.
Elinor  Loredan
5 stars for being beautiful, inspiring, funny, magical.
1 star for being maddening-I desperately want to read the stories Emily writes! And the poems as well.

Somehow, I like this one even better than Emily of New Moon. I love the journal entries and-yes, even Emily's italics! I love her determination, her innocence that keeps her from seeing Dean is in love with her and waiting for her to grow up so he can show it, and most of all, I love her incessant 'scribbling'.

The part where Emily hides in
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Weathervane
Emily has always been fairly sober in temperament -- at least compared to a firecracker like Anne Shirley -- but she gains a new element of restraint and maturity in this volume. Gone are her letters to her deceased father, her liberal use of italics, and her hatred towards Elizabeth. Emily Climbs sees her doing just that: putting her nose to the grindstone and ascending that Alpine Path.

I think I preferred this book to its predecessor. Most of New Moon was spent establishing characters and set
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Tiffany
Sep 07, 2009 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to read and write
I am so glad I found all my aunt's old L.M. Montgomery books in her closet at my grandfather's house. They date from 1920 to 1948, and they are some of my prized possessions, definitely my most treasured books. I have read them so many times, and will most likely again. Lucy Maud is my favourite writer in her style. She makes me want to write, I have to write, the way Emily does in this series, when I read her works. This is the second in the three Emily books, and while I liked the first one th ...more
Kaci
I started reading this book after feeling frustrated that I never get to do anything for myself. It was the only book in my house that I haven't read--I have an old copy and just kept it around for looks...I thought I had gotten it at a garage sale or something. I opened it and saw the inscription from my grandpa I hardly knew to my grandma I never met: "A Real Old Merry Christmas To Flossie From Art 12/25/27." It has opened up a family mystery because my mom didn't think they even knew each oth ...more
Lada Moskalets
В "Емілі" виразно помітна автобіографічність. Героїня вчиться писати і повість сповнена різних фахових деталей, відомих авторці з власного досвіду - як підбирати слова, не бути патетичним чи надміру емоційним; що робити, коли тобі трапляється цікавий матеріал для сюжету; як не впадати в відчай від відмов видавництв і на що витратити перший гонорар. Саме те, чого мені бракувало у "Ані", просто тобі підручник молодого письменника. Як і "Аня" "Емілі" є прекрасним джерелом звичаїв і порядків Канади ...more
Barbara
I'm afraid I can't share so many other people's enthusiasm for this book.

In the first book, Emily of New Moon, Emily’s father had died and she was taken in by his people, the proud Murray clan. They did right by her in taking her in and taking care of her, but she and her Aunt Elizabeth, with whom she stayed, clashed at nearly every turn. Finally toward the end of the book they came to something of an understanding.

In this second book, Emily wants to go with her friends to high school in another
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Tarissa
This was a WONDERFUL sequel to the first Emily book. I honestly can't decide which book was better than the other.

Parts of the book are in diary form, while others are set in regular story form, so you get an all-around view of Emily's life. I like how the author weaved the two forms together.

I loved the storyline; it seems like very simple, little things that take place, but as you reflect on it, you realize the story is actually quite deep in thought, and well plotted. Emily is allowed to atte
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Ibis3
I thought I wouldn't care for this overly much (i.e. I thought I'd like it just okay), but it turned out that I did. Yes, I'm about to do the obligatory comparison to Anne. Emily is much more practical and down to earth than Anne, despite her mystical flashes, occasional second sight, and similar romanticizing of the landscape. Emily doesn't go into fits of temper or get into scrapes because of her flightiness, foolish vanity, or recklessness--almost all of the disasters that befall her have to ...more
Marna
I'm pleased, so far, with this sort of anti-Anne (who I never could quite relate to; how can you be that freaking nice to everyone?) But was too preoccupied, during this volume, with waiting for the other shoe to drop (thankfully not in this one, but certainly in book 3) where Emily gives up everything for love and babies. I at least hope that this heroine will try and retain something of her ambitions, but even the title, Emily Climbs, is suspenseful in that way as eventually, you have to start ...more
Violet
January 2010 review:

This is the second book in the Emily trio. Emily is now fourteen, and all her friends are going to Shrewsbury High school. Emily wants to go too, but her Aunt Elizabeth thinks that it is not necessary for a Murray girl of New Moon to receive any further education. But the rest of Emily’s relatives persuade Aunt Elizabeth to let Emily go for three years. Aunt Elizabeth consents, on one condition; if she goes, Emily will not write any stories in the three years she is at high s
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Michelle
Awww, I liked this better than the first Emily book. Emily's older, even more confident, and I like how she stands up for herself time and again. Emily moves to Shrewsbury to attend school, has to deal with one Mean Girl and an overbearing aunt, and just growing up in general. Perry was made into more of a buffoon, which I didn't much appreciate since I like him more than Teddy, but I accepted Teddy because he really was sweet. Can we get more of Ilse, though? She's supposed to be Emily's best f ...more
Becca Anne
Emily Starr wants to be a writer more than anything else in the world. Going away to school in the neighboring town of Shrewsbury is the perfect way to climb toward her goal. But Shrewsbury means leaving the comfortable old New Moon farmhouse and living with unsmiling Aunt Ruth. Can it ever be a place where Emily will truly begin her promising career and where her special, shining beauty will touch a young man's heart?


I enjoyed this book, although it is hard to put Emily on the same beloved leve
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Kim
Like Emily of New Moon, it is so hard for me to articulate what I want to say about this book. With the books in the Anne of Green Gables series, it is so easy for me to say what I thought about them and be done with my review. I think a lot of this stems from Emily Starr's story being so much darker than Anne Shirley's (I'm sorry, it's really hard for me not to talk about L.M. Montgomery's most infamous character).Emily Climbs is darker than Emily of New Moon. It's also everything I wanted Emil ...more
Fiona
L.M. Montgomery is a master of characterisation. Her characters come to life - they are so real and vivid, complex and multi-layered. The stand-out for me from this novel was Aunt Ruth. Not because I liked her -far from it as I couldn't stand her. I marvelled at Emily's ability to put up with her - the constant asking of 'why' and then the refusal to believe the reasons given; her conviction that Emily is sly and the continual jibes and insinuations. A very powerfully crafted character. Despite ...more
E.D. Martin
Love this quote:

"This love story is no good," he [Emily's teacher] said bluntly.

"I know that it isn't what I wanted to make it," sighed Emily.

"No story ever is," said Mr. Carpenter. "You'll never write anything that really satisfies you though it may satisfy other people. As for love stories, you can't write them because you can't feel them. Don't try to write anything you can't feel - it will be a failure - 'echoes nothing worth.'"
Rosalba
Emily grows more dear to my heart as she grows older. I like that she has kept her old friends,which we have seen grow along with her. Finally, I know what it feels like to be a writer, I have lived a writer's youth through Emily's eyes, rejoiced in her triumphs, suffered and encouraged in her sorrows. Altogether this book has left a joyous,sweet, dear to the heart feeling that only L.M. Mongomery can give me.
Cara
This was my favorite of the series.
Rachel
I can barely deal with how wonderful this book is. I'm utterly furious that it took me so long to find Emily, but am grateful that I get to feel these warm flushes of recognition at her writerly "climb." (But seriously, Dean Priest, gross, go away. Teddy FTW!)
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Since the beginning of Emily of New Moon, Emily Byrd Starr has matured a lot, but she still has a ways to go, and in Emily Climbs, L.M. Montgomery gives the reader this...and so much more. While I liked the first book in the series, overall, I found it hard to get through the first 100 pages or so, especially her letters to her father. She was so much younger then, but in Emily Climbs, she begins as a 14-year-old who may not be sent on to high school in Shrewsbury with her friends and ends as a ...more
Hannah Cobb
Everyone loves the Anne books, and deservedly so, but not enough people have read L. M. Montgomery's equally good Emily trilogy. I just re-read this one for about the tenth time and laughed all the way through.
Susan
Emily goes off to high school in the neighboring town, which is wonderful, but she has to board with her unpleasant Aunt Ruth, which is decidedly less so. She has embarrassments and problems, but her imagination, talent and spunk pull her through. It may be that I have low tolerance for descriptive writing, but there's an awful lot of it in this. Yet I'll probably read the series finale, just to see if Emily decides on one of her suitors. By the way, elements of this book (her "older man" suitor ...more
Daniel
Very good. Shows the heart of a writer pretty accurately. Loved it.
katie
Feb 24, 2009 katie marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-reread
I need to dig these out of my book trunk!
Emily
Oh dear Emily Byrd Starr. I love her.
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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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Emily of New Moon (3 books)
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  • Emily's Quest (Emily, #3)
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“My pen shall heal, not hurt.” 54 likes
“Well, it all comes to this; there's no use trying to live in other people's opinions. The only thing to do is to live in your own. After all, I believe in myself. I'm not so bad and silly as they think me, and I'm not consumptive, and I can write. Now that I've written it all out I feel differently about it. The only thing that still aggravates me is that Miss Potter pitied me -- pitied by a Potter!” 49 likes
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