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Emily Climbs (Emily #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  16,645 Ratings  ·  396 Reviews
Emily Starr was born with the desire to write. As an orphan living on New Moon Farm, writing helped her face the difficult, lonely times. But now all her friends are going away to high school in nearby Shrewsbury, and her old-fashioned, tyrannical aunt Elizabeth will only let her go if she promises to stop writing! All the same, this is the first step in Emily's climb to s ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Starfire (first published July 1st 1925)
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Mel Campbell 'Jade' isn't used here as a first name. It's an old-fashioned insult. A 'jade' is a horse that's been worn out or made vicious and disobedient through…more'Jade' isn't used here as a first name. It's an old-fashioned insult. A 'jade' is a horse that's been worn out or made vicious and disobedient through being ridden or used too hard. The meaning survives in the word 'jaded' (to be bored by something that's stopped being new and exciting to you).

But in a sexist way, a 'jade' was a 19th-century term for a bad-tempered or disreputable woman (readers would understand that, like the horse, the woman has been 'ridden' too often to be calm and biddable). It can have a very negative connotation of adultery or promiscuity.

Mr Carpenter is using it in a more affectionate way, calling Emily at first "a little jade" and only in 'Emily Climbs' does it become his nickname for her, "Jade". Its meaning here is something closer to 'hussy' or 'minx'. And his use of the word is meant to show that Mr Carpenter himself is a little risqué for Prince Edward Island.

In 'Emily of New Moon', he's described as having been a brilliant student in his youth. "But at college he had got in with a 'fast set'--Blair Water people nodded heads slowly and whispered the dreadful phrase portentously--and the fast set had ruined him. He 'took to drink' and went to the dogs generally."

So for Mr Carpenter, who has known a more adventurous way of life than the prim citizens of Blair Waters, calling Emily a 'jade' isn't really an insult at all. A girl who can think for herself, who argues rather than being meek, and who chafes against social expectations, is someone Mr Carpenter admires – even if he has to hide it behind a façade of disapproval.(less)

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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
Mar 13, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing
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
Naomi Sarah
Not as good as Emily of the New Moon , but still really really really good. Italics are necessary. (Even if Mr Carpenter does not agree.) Sometimes one just needs to use italics.

(If you haven't read this book 1. You won't get the whole italics thing 2. You have to read it.)

Some Notes - both good and bad:
- Like I said in my Emily of the New Moon review, I LOVE EMILY. I relate to her. I feel for her when she so yearns to write 'things that are not true', because that dreadful Aunt E
helen the bookowl
Nov 17, 2016 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This continuation of Emily's story was just as heart-warming and enchanting as the first book. Reading about Emily makes me feel happy, cozy and safe all at the same time, and I loved how in this sequel the setting actually changes as Emily grows up (which was not the case with the Anne of Green Gables series). The ending was a little bit surprising, because Emily made an unwise decision in my opinion. Nevertheless, I'm excited to pick up the last installment of this series very soon.
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,
Ahmad Sharabiani
Emily Climbs (Emily of New Moon #2), L.M. Montgomery
عنوان: امیلی و صعود - کتاب دوم از سه گانه امیلی؛ نویسنده: لوسی مود مونتگمری؛ مترجم: سارا قدیانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1394، در 503 ص؛ شابک: 9786002514028؛
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
May 23, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Ksenia (vaenn)
Feb 04, 2017 Ksenia (vaenn) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, ya, writers
Отака "Емілі" мені подобається - менше сімейних цінностей, більше навчання та писання. Загалом не маю нічого категорично проти першого пункту, але Монтгомері настільки тяжіє до певних сюжетних шаблонів, що оповідь вже бува зависає на межі саркастичного самоцитування, але чомусь побоюється її перетнути. Натомість тема шаленого снобізму "перших колоністів" розкрита уповні і дуже не по-доброму.

Друга книжка - це вже чесний янґ-адалт за сучасними стандартами (Емілі від 14 до 17), що суттєво впливає н
Amy Dashwood
Oct 12, 2011 Amy Dashwood rated it it was amazing
This was probably my fourth or fifth re-read of my favorite of the Emily trilogy... *cough* I came at it with a more critical eye than when I first read it (at 11... which was 10 years ago... okay wow) and I concede that a great deal of Emily's personality is a Mary-Sue-ish wish fulfillment on L.M. Montgomery's part, and the romantic tension between her and Teddy seems a little contrived and unnecessary. But it's still a lovely book and maintains the level of dreamy whimsicality that one expects ...more
Elinor  Loredan
Jul 13, 2010 Elinor Loredan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, l-m-montgomery
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
Jan 06, 2013 Tarissa rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2016 Eleanor rated it liked it
A solid three stars. I liked the depiction of small town gossip and nosiness into other people's business. I also like the way that the characters are rounded - even Aunt Ruth turns up trumps when it's really needed. I enjoyed it enough to go straight on to the third volume of the Emily trilogy.
Sep 07, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 25, 2008 Kaci rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it
The novel is an excellent continuation of "Emily of New Moon", though it lacks the intense psychological depth of the previous volume. The characterization is quite good with Aunt Ruth stealing the show. There are excellent foreshadowings of plot developments to come in the final book of the series.

Modern readers might be put off by the occasional intrusions of the author (disguised as a "biographer"). Sometimes these interruptions to the narrative flow simply underline a point which could have
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.
Jan 24, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
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
Jan 31, 2012 Weathervane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Christine Dillon
Feb 12, 2017 Christine Dillon rated it it was amazing
An old favourite. Beautiful 'coming of age' story and love the descriptions.
Jun 15, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
I like the Emily books for their exploration of women making it as professional writers. However, the problem with the Emily trilogy is that the characters don't feel real in the way those in the Anne series do - they don't come to life and leap off the page with vivacity. Ilse, Teddy and Perry never feel as fully fleshed as characters like Diana, Gilbert and Marilla. Plus, Dean Priest gets creepier with every book.
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Laura Hughes
Nov 10, 2016 Laura Hughes rated it liked it
Shelves: shirtwaists
When I was 12 I would have told you that the Emily series were some of my favorite books, and of them, Emily Climbs was my favorite of favorites. Ten years later, while visiting my parents, I picked up my old copy with the cover falling off and tried to jump into my former favorite book 'cold' (without reading Emily of New Moon first), and I couldn't even get through chapter 2. The first two chapters are told almost entirely in Emily's diary entries. L. M. Montgomery captures the voice of a prec ...more
Apr 28, 2017 Audrey rated it it was amazing
So delightful! Montgomery is a wonderful author.
Feb 05, 2016 Tizire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Emily lejos de casa" es la digna continuación de una saga que nos habla del paso de la niñez a la madurez y de la lucha por hacer realidad nuestros sueños de una manera sutil, divertida y clarificadora. Me ha gustado mucho que la autora haya puesto el foco en el empeño de Emily por conseguir una buena educación y ser alguien por sí misma, sin tener que depender exclusivamente de su apellido (aunque este lo lleve con mucho orgullo). Emily quiere que la reconozcan por su talento y no se rinde, a ...more
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
Lada Moskalets
Jan 10, 2015 Lada Moskalets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
If you are like me, and you have read the Anne of Green Gables Series, you have also wanted to read the Emily Trilogy. This is the second book, and I am still trying to decide which main character I like better: Anne Shirley or Emily Starr. Maybe I am being unfair, and I should take each one as it is. They are very similar, and I appreciate the descriptions of Prince Edward Island.

Emily Climbs is just as good as Emily of New Moon, and I will go on to read the third books.
Jan 19, 2012 Rosalba rated it really liked it
Shelves: lm-montgomery
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.
E.D. Martin
Oct 15, 2011 E.D. Martin rated it really liked it
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.'"
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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, 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!” 52 likes
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