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Daddy Long Legs

(Daddy-Long-Legs #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  59,224 ratings  ·  7,830 reviews
She wanted to be like other girls--not an orphan.

The matron at the orphanage is always telling Judy Abbott that her imagination will get her into trouble. But nothing she ever imagined is as surprising as what really happens to her.

A wealthy trustee of the orphanage offers to send Judy to college--but he doesn't want her to know who he is. All she ever sees of him is his s
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Published (first published April 1912)
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Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend that men DON'T read this, and I highly recommend that women - particularly girls who enjoy Little Women, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, etc. (basically old-fashioned chick flick books with substance) - DO read this. It's sweet and funny and different, not hard to get through in a day or two, and leaves you with a good feeling. ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Daddy-Long-Legs is a delightful short novel written in 1912. Basically it's along the lines of "Anne Shirley goes to a girls' college." It's mostly epistolary, told in the form of letters written by the main character where she talks (and jokes) about her daily life.

At the beginning of our story, Jerusha is a 17 year old oppressed but imaginative girl who lives and works in an orphanage, where she's grown up. She's unexpectedly given the chance to go to college when one of the orphanage trustees
WARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.

As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually miss it sometimes, but then thanks to Goodreads, I discovered that it all started with a book.

Jerusha Abbott is an orphan at the John Grier Homes. She always gets into trouble and has been overstaying for two years. She works her stay by taking care of the younger ones. She's actually scared that they might turn her out, but one day, Miss Lippet calls
Rinda Elwakil
Joudy abott my old friend.
Deborah Markus
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
You should read this review if:

1. You haven’t read this book and need to know why you should,


2. You’ve read this book, but need to know about the connection between Daddy-Long-Legs and J.D. Salinger.

(Okay, or: 3. Regardless of whether or not you’ve read this book, you now think I’ve been smoking something I shouldn’t have been. Please read this review so I can convince you otherwise. Thank you.)

There is something to be said for not having read the classics as a kid – provided, of course, you s
This made for a wonderful read aloud! We love orphan stories and this was no exception!

Jerusha Abbot is an 18 yr old orphan who attracts the attention of a trustee by writing a subversive essay. He offers to pay for her education to become a writer on the condition that she writes to him about her education. The rest of this story is told through Judy's letters to her trustee, whom she names Daddy Long Legs, as this is the only thing she can remember about him.

The letters are funny and enthusias
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judy and Jervis will live forever in my heart - I believe this was the first serious "romantic" novel that I read in middle school (and reread in high school!) The book was DEFINITELY better than the movie starring Leslie Caron and Fred Astaire. (You can pick up many of Jean Websters books for free on Amazon.)

Highly recommended!
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note, Sept. 12, 2016: I edited this review just now to correct the misspelling of tonsillitis.

Before this book was nominated as a common read in my Vintage Tales group, I'd never even heard of it, or of Jean Webster (1876-1916). Going into it, my expectations weren't particularly high. As it turned out, though, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the reading experience!

Though not well-known today, Webster wrote roughly a score of books in her short lifetime (she died on the cusp of
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4 Silver Stars
with Golden Sparks

this was my first Classic.
it was beautiful.
I actually liked this journal-like book about the ordinary life of the main character.
I cried during the last letter, even though I knew the ending all along.
the ending was beautiful.
every moments was beautiful!
I loved it.

I'd like to read about Judy's life AFTER this book, where is that book?
Premise: ★★★★/5
Characters: ★★★★/5
Plot: ★★★★/5
Writing: ★★★★/5
Idea: ★★★★/5
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found Daddy-Long-Legs courtesy of the lovely ladies over at Young Adult Anonymous and then devoured it in one sitting. (it is free for Kindle, though devoid of illustrations) Published in 1912, it is a series of letters from the fictional Jerusha (Judy) Abbott to the mysterious benefactor who plucks her from an orphanage and pays for her college. The conditions of receiving the monetary support are that he will remain anonymous (as such, Judy calls him many things but most often Daddy-Long-Leg ...more
I had a nice review all written out, then like a dunce I clicked the little "x" in the corner!! Who does that??

Anyway, I'm not sure if I can completely capture my thoughts again, but I'll try!

You know how sometimes, you're not tired of reading (because who could ever get tired of reading???), but yet you can't focus well and just want something engaging and mostly happy? Well, that was me when I started to listen to the audio version of Daddy Long Legs. I had wanted to read DLL ever since I read
Sara Dahaabović
Relived one of my favorite childhood cartoons with this one, it was such a light and good read, exactly what you need when the exams are around the corner and you need something funny to lift your mood. I would recommend this for women and girls who like chick-lit books. *and did I mention that it was written in 1912!* Thank you Jean Webster for writing a timeless piece!

As for the characters I loved each and every one;
Judy Abbott
A super cheerful orphan girl who got a scholarship to continue her
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
I always have a difficult time rating YA books. Do I rate them as I enjoy them now, or as I would have enjoyed them had I read it as a young adult? It's tricky.

As a young adult I would probably rate this as a five star read. As a forty something adult, I enjoyed it, but I wasn't like all over it. I'd say 3.5 Stars. The author kept me reading, and I thought it was very sweet but I probably wouldn't reach for it to re-read anytime soon. And I'm not sooo invested in the characters that I have to ru
Jun 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

When I was really young the only television set we had was an old B&W set that was in our basement, and generally speaking, the only shows on it were typically really old movies. My older brother used to love watching old movies like Dracula, Godzilla or King Kong, but my favourites were always the ones with actors like Fred Astaire, or Jimmy Stewart. So when I was perusing some audible books this morning, I ran across this title and wondered if it was the book that the movie with Fred
2022 Review
THERE IS A MUSICAL and it is amazing. That is all.

2019 Review
It could never be written today. Not to commit the cardinal sin and reference the m-o-v-i-e but I was re-watching the Fred Astaire version of of Daddy Long Legs, which I hated the first time I saw, and I realized that even for 1955 this was a hard plot to swallow. That's why they tweaked it the way they did and address the elephant in the room: you've got quite the age and power gap between the main couple.
But by golly I st
Shima Mahmoudi
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can relate to Judy in many ways I can not believe. Most of the times it seemed as if I were the one writing the letters. I love this book. This is not the first time I have read this book and will definitely not be the last.
Mina Pourhadi
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination...
Mixed feelings on this one. A dear little story, but with some major flaws in worldview. I think what bothered me most was that the message seemed to be that she, a young woman, could take on the entire world, and yet her sponsor orders her around like a dictator. She bucks his orders once and he snubs her for months. And yet she's okay with that.

It also is eager to make of her a Socialist/Fabian, and to make the point of how nasty rich people are (though for some reason the poor people she gre
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle, 2020, classics
I'm not sure how I missed reading this charming and funny classic until now. Jerusha Abbott is delightful!

4.5 stars

Note: If you're going to read this find a copy with the illustrations by the author, they're not to be missed.
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
When I was so young, around 6, my brother and I would wake up early to watch an anime series called "يا صاحب الظل الطويل" aka "The Man with the Long Shadow" aka "Daddy Long Legs".

Little did I know by then, that the story would stay with me till this very day; I guess what we get attached to while young does stick in our minds and hearts, and as always a well written story is always a classic.

It helps also that I'm always attracted to protagonist who are writers, like Judy Abbott, Anne Shirley an
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel! I'm a sucker for epistolary novels (books told through letters, diaries, etc) and this one is particularly lovely. It's wonderfully old-fashioned--the book was written in 1912--and although it's fiction, it's still an interesting glimpse into a young girl's mindset at that time. I think I enjoyed the sequel, Dear Enemy, even more. ...more
What a lovely gem of a book!

The heroine was so endearing and funny, she is sure to lift your spirits up from her very first letter! For an orphan who had never seen much of the world, she was very brave and happy and I loved how she always tried to make the best out of everything. It shows that those who don't have much truly know how to appreciate what they do have.

This cute little story all unfolds through Jerusha's letters to the mysterious benefactor who is paying for her college education,
May 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: google-book, 2016
I'm sure if I had read this book when I was a girl, I would have loved it. The romantic saga of a young woman falling in love with her benefactor would probably have seemed perfect to me. But reading it now I found it improbable, silly and just plain creepy. To begin with, I found it hard to believe that a young woman who spent her entire life in an orphanage where conformity is drilled into the inmates day after day (by her own account) would, having been given this incredible gift of an educat ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2013
Aww, I simply fell in LOVE with this book!! And this is straightaway going to my ‘MOST FAVORITE’ Shelf without a doubt!! I am so glad that I found such a charming book without overlooking it! I kinda love epistolary novels, which was one of the reasons I picked up this book. It’s a story of a 17-year-old orphan Jerusha or Judy (as she wants to be called!!) who is sent to college for her higher studies by anonymous trusty funding for her education and in return, he only expects a letter from her, ...more
F Narrated by Julia Whelan

Description: Jerusha Abbott grew up in an orphanage but was sent to college by a mysterious benefactor she calls Daddy-Long-Legs. In college she falls in love with a young man who wants to marry her, but she refuses because she is an orphan. Finally, after Jerusha--now Judy--graduates, she asks to meet her benefactor.

There is a film with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron to watch when I'm done with this audio.

Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why my review only shows up on the other edition of this book (the one with the far BETTER cover art)...
SO I'm pasting it in here too.
p.s. This is a romance, but a VERY slow burn and pg romance.

****orginal review****
What a fantastically odd but enjoyable read!

The entire book is a series of letters written by Judy(Jerusha) to the mysterious benefactor who is paying for her college education. It reads like Ann of Green Gables meets Pippi Longstockings, lol.

Jerusha has spent all of her 17
Luisa Knight
Okay Ladies, this one's for you!

This book had me at about the eleventh word and I was in love with it around page thirteen! The main character is a hoot; she's hilarious, spunky and just plain likable!

Jerusha Abbott, and sadly yes, that's the name she received at the asylum, is an orphan who discovers at age 18 that a mysterious and anonymous benefactor wishes to pay her way through college. The condition: she must write a letter once a month to this unknown person which she nicknames "Daddy-Lon
This is a book that Noelle has been trying to get me to read forever. This is what she emailed me a year ago after I was like, WTF is a Daddy Long Legs?
Daddy Long Legs is written way back in the day by Mark Twain's niece. It's kinda a little Anne Shirley mixed with Jo March. It's all in letter format but the protagonist is so charming. She's an orphan (guess I should put Jane Eyre in there too!) and then one of the orphanage's benefactors decides to send her to college anonymously so she writes
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Jean Webster (pseudonym for Alice Jane Chandler Webster) was an American writer and author of many books including Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Her most well-known books feature lively and likeable young female protagonists who come of age intellectually, morally, and socially, but with enough humor, snappy dialogue, and gently biting social commentary to make her books palatable and enjoyable ...more

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