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Emily Of New Moon (Emily #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  33,907 Ratings  ·  1,101 Reviews
Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely--until her beloved father died. Now Emily's an orphan, and her mother's snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She's sure she won't be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using her quick wit. Things begin to change when sh ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 5th 1998 by Seal Books (first published January 1st 1923)
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Kasia Yes, it takes place in P.E.I (Prince Edward Island) Seeing that the author is Canadian, it makes sense that the setting is in Canada.
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Wendy Darling
Re-reading for our discussion on Friday, May 27th!

Anne fans, I INSIST that you try Emily at some point.

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I love the Emily books so much. Her passion and her dreams, along with her dignity, were expressed in a way that really appealed to me when I read them as an impressionable teenager. The formative years of every girl's life are filled with wild hopes and worries and exhilaration, and as an adult, I re-read
helen the bookowl
Nov 11, 2016 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways, this book ressembles "Anne of Green Gables" a lot. It speaks of a young girl who admires the world's beauty while growing up amongst family and friends. However, "Emily of New Moon" touched me a lot more. There was something about Emily and her personality that appealed to me a lot. The same goes for her struggles which, in my opinion, were really cruel and harsh and made me care for her even more.
I also really liked the fact that Emily actually grows up in this book and goes out
Megan Baxter
Sep 15, 2011 Megan Baxter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this review, we're revisiting another one of my old favourite, my comfort reads, the books I can still pick up and read with a great deal of pleasure, almost as much as when I was curled up in my bed as a girl, discovering this world for the first time. Which is all to say that this review is naturally heavily coloured by all of who I was and who I am now, and how this book has fit into my personal mythology for many, many years.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the ch
June Geiger
Sep 23, 2011 June Geiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before Maud's Betsy-Tacy series had its Emily, bless our souls, Lucy Maud had hers. And I say "bless our souls" in the most literal sense, because time spent with either Emily can feed an inner flame reduced to the faintest flicker by heartbreak, doubt and despair. But please--Emily Byrd Starr is no shrinking violet. Here we have a fierce, free-spirited young iconoclast who, even more than Anne with an "e", has a thing or two to teach any adult with enough sense (and imagination) to listen.
Naomi Sarah
Ahh. Did I just wake up or something? The book brought me into a trance of Emily-Starr-ness. New-Moon-ness. The book is oddly like a fairy-tale. It's terribly odd in some places, it's wizardly whimsical, and I can see some people hating it - but my stars and stockings, I love this book. I've read it at least three times now, and still it makes me smile in delight.

(I'm only rating this four stars because my sister says I rate too many books five stars. But MARK MY WORDS. I LOVE THIS BOOK.) (And
Ahmad Sharabiani
Emily of New Moon (Emily of New Moon #1), L.M. Montgomery
عنوان: امیلی در نیومون؛ نویسنده: لوسی مود مونتگمری؛ مترجم: سارا قدیانی؛ ویراستار: محبوبه کرمی؛ تهران، قدیانی ، 1394، در 560 ص؛ شابک: 9786002514011؛ شتبک دوره: 9786002514042؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م

زندگی دختر جوان امیلی استار؛ دخترکی که پس از مرگ پدر، خانواده ی مادری اش سرپرستی او را میپذیرند. داستان امیلی بیشتر واقعگرایانه است
Jun 15, 2010 Katharine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit, 2010
Emily of New Moon has a much darker quality than the Anne of Green Gables series – and Emily as a character is not nearly as likable or sweet as Anne. But she seems real. Although LMM tends to stylize/idealize her heroines a little, you can sense the three-dimensional quality of Emily's personality from the first chapter. Anne is 3D too, of course, but Anne's character tends to emerge little by little, whereas Emily dominates her story right from the start. And there's plenty of attention to E ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hannah by: mother dearest
Shelves: childhood
Yes, I do give it three stars: "I liked it". That is, in sixth grade, and for lack of a two-and-a-half star rating. L.M. Montgomery created a pleasantly spicy heroine in the Anne series, but for me, Emily is a bit cloying. It's a little hard for me to explain why; she just seems to be--is it possible--almost too dreamy? I almost wish I hadn't gone back to read this again. The first time I read it, I was perfectly enamored with Emily; she was pretty, delicate, smart, and talented (and what? psych ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was little, my mom passed on to me and my sister all of her glorious, hard-back books from her childhood. Louisa May Alcott, Gay Melody (look it up), and, her favorites, The Anne books. She told us how her father, the quiet newspaper editor, took her to the library and insisted she had to read about Anne Shirley. Something about the book jacket made Mom sneer, but her dad insisted, so she read it. As we all know had to happen, Mom fell in love. And when her daughters were old enough, she ...more
Elinor  Loredan
Jun 23, 2010 Elinor Loredan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, l-m-montgomery
It's interesting, because I think I'd be a little afraid to meet Emily because of the scrutiny with which she approaches people-although I do that myself!

I love her spunk, though. When she hid under the table to listen to the family conclave and was retorting furiously to them in her mind, I immediately thought, "I like this girl!" I also feel like I relate more to Emily than to Anne. Emily is more brooding and withdrawn like me, whereas Anne is someone I wish I was like.

Delight and magic are fo
May 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside - but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse - and heard a note of unearthly music."


I wish viciously that I'd read this as a child, because goodness, there is so much here that brought back what it felt like to be enraptured by words, and thinking that putting them together was the single best thing I could do with my life. How wonderful Emily is. Extraordinary. Big sigh.
Mel Campbell
I recently decided to reread this – one of my childhood favourites – because I am sick of people banging on about Anne of Green Gables when Emily was always my favourite Montgomery heroine. I told my mother I was rereading it and her face absolutely lit up, because Emily was her favourite too, and the copy we both read had belonged to my mother's mother.

The early chapters I found viscerally moving. I was reading in the window at Mario's and found myself snuffling away tears at Emily's loss of
Jun 13, 2011 Patra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing my husband and I enjoy doing is reading a book out loud together. We take turns choosing one of our favorite books, which the other person hasn't read, and we read it together. There's no surprise here that he hadn't read Emily of New Moon because it definitely looks like a girly book, but I think the first in this series by L.M. Montgomery is a classic, so we read it together. I don't highly recommend the sequels to this book. It seems the author just felt some responsibility to expla ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Got a lot better as it went along, but the beginning was pretty brutal. The pacing is slow and the beginning of Emily's development as a writer is very, very detailed, with Emily's letters to her father written exactly as a tween would write - that is, with spelling mistakes and repetition galore. It's realistic, but it's also a real slog. As someone who really likes to see change and self-discovery in characters, there are a lot of growing pains in this novel.

At my book club, we chatted about
Rebecca McNutt
May 13, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it certainly wasn't Anne of Green Gables, this book, featuring a slightly similar character, is nearly as fun and well-written. Emily's adventures, day-to-day life and friendships are intriguing and easy to follow along with. I think my favorite character though was Ilse, she really added a feeling of rebellion and excitement to much of the novel.
This book is just... perfect. *sigh* I absolutely loved it! It was so good! Anne of Green Gables is a masterpiece; however, I can't compare it with Emily of New Moon. There is a certain different aspect with Emily. Anne is simply Anne (although there is nothing 'simple' about her), and Emily is particularly Emily. Anyway, I highly recommend this book! It is SO WONDERFUL! :)
Emily. My dearest Emily; my childhood friend and childhood idol, my inspiration and my consolation. There are books so special, read in such a tender age, that they become part of you. I wouldn't be the person that I am today if it wasn't for Emily Byrd Starr.

It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside-- but sometimes, just for a
Mar 25, 2012 Minli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Minli by: Shoshana
Don't know why I never read these in my childhood, growing up within spitting distance of PEI and loved Anne of Green Gables. Newly orphaned Emily is sent to live with her relatives at New Moon Farm, particularly her stodgy Aunt Elizabeth. As she settles into her new life (and not without some friction), she makes friends with Ilse and Teddy and curates her nascent talent as a writer.

I think people identify with Emily and Anne because--well, spirited, bookish girls live on in all of us, and I'm
I do love L.M. Montgomery. I read this with my book club, and I'm glad I had the excuse! I don't know if I would have gotten around to it on my own. I am a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables, and this one is just as lovely, if a bit darker and more brooding. I am thinking I might have to revisit the TV series one of these days!
Nov 25, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This morning I noticed Mel Campbell's review of the book come up in my newsfeed, and my first reaction was a sharp intake of breath--a kind of preemptive wince born of the idea that anyone might, in any way, not love Emily wholeheartedly, or love her the way that I do. Clearly Emily's passionate loves and jealousies were something I was drawn to as a child!

As an adult, I enjoy the latter Emily books more--Emily is less dreamy, more pragmatic, though still drawn to making disastrously bad decisio

Oct 13, 2012 Arabesque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished re-reading this book and I have to say that it is probably my favorite book of all time! I read it first at age 14 and was absolutely enthralled by it, and reading it today exactly 8 years later, I enjoyed it just as much! Not every author can craft such a story that can appeal to all ages. It's a lovely story, so beautifully written and reminds me why I love L. M. Montgomery so much. She takes time to write about the seemingly mundane and turns it into something fascinating and ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this book Emily Byrd Starr finds out that her father is dying. When he dies, her mother's side of the family, the Murrays-known for their pride and a little haughtiness in some members-, all come to pay respects to Douglas Starr -- and to decide what to do with Emily. Not knowing who should take her in, they draw lots and Aunt Elizabeth is the one who gets to raise Emily from now on. Emily doesn't care much for Aunt Elizabeth, but really likes the other two residents of New M ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can read
Of course, I was first introduced to L.M. Montgomery through Anne Shirley. However, I found myself drawn to the Emily character far more firmly, as she was much more like myself: an incurable writer. The story of Emily is much darker, much bleaker, and yet, L.M.M. does what she does best, gives us brilliant characters, brilliant dialogue, chapter after chapter of little stories, and fantastic language. When I read L.M.M.'s work, I want to run off and write sheaves of pages. Each character someho ...more
This series is so dear to me! I cannot describe how much it meant to me, what a gorious friend I found in Emily, and how her journey to become a writer and a woman fit so well with my own heart and aspirations. I hope to visit these beautiful books again; Emily will be a kindred spirit for life!
Nov 20, 2006 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls and Sentimental Types
This is the first of my favorite trilogy from adolescence. The same author as Anne of Green Gables wrote this series. I prefer the Emily books. Emily is an orphan who grows up with grouchy distant relatives. She dreams of becoming an author and gradually falls in love with her dear friend Teddy; in the third book he becomes an illustrator. The main character is odd and dreamy, with a stubborn streak and a sense of whimsy. She has adventures with the crotchety types that seem to be abundant in Ca ...more
Emily Byrd Starr is almost the prototypical L.M. Montgomery heroine; she's an orphan who goes to another home where she becomes beloved of her new family, and she's a writer, who actually creates a successful career for herself. Emily is orphaned at the age of eight by the death of her beloved father (her mother died when Emily was much younger); as her father has no family, Emily is taken in by her mother's family, who have never forgiven her parents for eloping. Emily has allies from the start ...more
Ann-Cathrine (Literamour)
This book has made me remember things I thought I had forgotten or outgrown since my last reading of Anne of Green Gables.

The beauty of the world despite its flaws and evils (which Montgomery also shows). The world in this story is not sugary or happy-ever-after. I am pleasantly reminded about that and somehow I think I enjoyed this more now than I would as a child.

The fairytale-like images of Emily's (and Montgomery's) world and the words to describe it, make me want to look for the best in my
Feb 04, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read written by L. M. Montgomery. It is marvellous--filled with vivid, believable characters, atmospheric settings and with a central figure who wins us over from the beginning as a result of Montgomery's careful perceptive delineation of Emily's inner life. Her relationships with her father, Jimmy, the loving Aunt Laura and--especially--the austere Aunt Elizabeth form the central family circle which contextualise her home environment.

The book is one of self-discov
Jul 27, 2016 Kata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016
Ihana! Emilia on kyllä hurmaava päähenkilö. Alkuun ajattelin, että tämän lukeminen tulee olemaan tylsää, mutta sitten sivut kääntyivätkin sutjakkaasti :D
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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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“It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside-- but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond-- only a glimpse-- and heard a note of unearthly music.” 61 likes
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