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Emily Of New Moon (Emily of New Moon #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  28,802 ratings  ·  870 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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Wendy Darling
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 this series with a great deal of fondness.

I also love Teddy Kent. Such a romantic character, and how lovely to have your childhood friend be the love of your life!

Some of the anecdotes, like
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.
Nov 13, 2011 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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 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
Rebecca McNutt
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.
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.
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!
"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 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
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!
Aug 18, 2009 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Mar 25, 2012 Minli rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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

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

Nov 26, 2006 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Dapat dari kopdar I Tangerang n Tangsel 2 Januari 2011.

Sengaja lama kusimpan novel ini. Ga pingin dibaca.
"Ah, terlalu cewek bangett, n bersambungnya itu lho."
Terus dipinjam pula ama temen ibuku.

Nah, begitu gw baca...Gw kayaknya harus meralat pendapat gw deh.

Bagus, n bikin gw ga berhenti baca.

Aduh, cerita pengalaman Emily Byrd Starr semasa kecil ini bagus banget. Ada fantasinya, ada kehidupan di desa dan di rumah besar dengan hanya lilin sebagai penerangan di waktu malam *sigh*.

Juga ada cerita pa
Thy Ngân
Tôi bị mê cô gái này. Cuốn sách về cổ làm cho tôi không biết bao nhiêu lần thấy cay cay sống mũi, có những lần vì quá hạnh phúc, có lúc lại vì buồn thương.
À, mà Emily thuộc cung Kim Ngưu. :3
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
Dichotomy Girl
2nd Read: 8/2/2015

Original Read: 2/23/2014
Original Review:

If I had to compare this to Anne (which I am actually somewhat loathe to do)I would have to say that Anne falls on the side of light, whereas Emily falls a bit on the side of darkness. Character flaws in both Emily and the supporting characters are more apparent and less likely to be miraculously fixed (though there is a bit of people changing more than likely after dramatic events).

Now I understand that we are looking through a window to
I read through just about all the L.M. Montgomerys last year, except for Emily. The main reason was that I simply couldn't find Emily of New Moon (still can't find the book). There was a small, faint secondary cause in that I never loved Emily Byrd Starr as much as Anne Shirley or Pat Gardiner or Valancy Stirling. I don't know why. Perhaps the proto-sixties name? Perhaps the more strongly emphasized "queerness" of the girl – where Anne is queer in her intelligence and dreaminess, Emily is all th ...more
It feels dorky to have read this book and loved it so much, but I confess, I did. And I'm not an eighty five year old woman or anything. It's just a good read-- darker than those wussy Anne of Green Gables books, first of all, and very relatable when you're a writer, like our heroine Emily is, and like I am. I'm always impressed by books that were written a long time ago but that still manage to keep my interest; and this one did. I actually liked it more than Jane Eyre (the only other really ol ...more
Carrie Adair
When we meet Emily, at the beginning of the book, L.M. Montgomery illustrates how Emily’s mind works when she’s writing. She included several words that showed how poor Emily’s spelling was. For example, Emily spelled “cookie” as “cooky.”

Being a cat person myself, I love that Emily loves her cats. Before going to New Moon, she begs Aunt Elizabeth to let her take one of her cats with her. After a lot of pleading, Aunt Elizabeth said that Emily could choose only one. Breaking Emily’s heart, Emily
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
This book isn't as lovely and as gentle as Anne of Green Gables, but it absolutely should be compulsory reading for female writers, and especially for young female writers. Parts of this book are very dark, Emily is never loved in the same way Anne is, Ilse is ignored by her bitter father, Teddy is kept close at home by his mentally ill mother and Emily is constantly pushing against convention with her writing and her outspoken nature. There are also elements of the supernatural running througho ...more
I liked the Anne of Green Gables books, but I don't love them like everybody else. I'm adding Emily of New Moon to my list of to-buy classics for my 2015 "Classics Read-A-Thon". Hopefully I'll love the Emily trilogy.
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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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