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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  545,682 Ratings  ·  14,598 Reviews
“Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do. He could not tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake. . . .”

When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an overactive imagination, she knows that she has found her home. But first she must convince the
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Modern Library (first published 1908)
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Shannon
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Strong Girls or those are raising them
Recommended to Shannon by: Mikkee, Tiana
I don't often give books five stars and as I neared the end of this book, I gave some thought to how many stars this book deserved. I've read the Anne of Green Gables series once before - over twenty years ago. In spite of the amount of time that has elapsed, I clearly recall reading the last book in the series very slowly and thinking to myself, "I will be so sad to not be able to read about Anne anymore." When I picked up this book a few days ago to re-read it, I found within a few chapters th ...more
Maureen
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dear old world," she murmured, "you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you."

This quote really accurately depicts how Anne lives her life and what makes you love her as a character. She's stubborn and makes mistakes, but she also has a huge imagination and sees the world as beautiful and full of possibilities.
I loved this SO much and I'm sad I never read it before! I love all the characters and the plot, and it's really fun to see Anne grow up through this book. The writing is also rea
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
4.5 stars

Anne, my lovely, I feel restored.

"Marilla!" Anne sat down on Marilla's gingham lap, took Marilla's lined face between her hands, and looked gravely and tenderly into Marilla's eyes. "I'm not a bit changed—not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real me—back here—is just the same. It won't make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly; at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gables more and bette
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Maxwell
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never read Anne's story when I was younger, so when I heard that Rachel McAdams was narrating the first in the series I knew I had to give it a go. I'm a sucker for a celebrity-narrated audiobook (if you haven't checked out Maggie Gyllenhaal's reading of The Bell Jar, do that now!).

It's wonderful to read a story that, for the most part, is extremely uplifting. There's hardly anything truly terrible that happens in this story, and that's quite refreshing. Granted, it is a children's novel and
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Raeleen Lemay
I'm so glad I've finally read this book! I started reading it as a young girl, and got distracted by the 10 other books I was reading at the time and never finished it...


Anyhow, it was such a fun read, and I'm sure I'll read it again someday!
Cait • A Page with a View
Never have I ever related more to a fictional character than Anne. This is just the most adorable, heartwarming book ever and I honestly don't think I ever read it before this week! I have the movies practically memorized and they follow the books perfectly, so there was nothing terribly new in this story. The only obvious difference was that Gilbert isn't in the book as much.



But seeing Anne ramble on and on for pages more than made up for that. I just have to stick some of my favorite quotes i
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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley is an orphan girl in need of a family. She may be scrawny and freckled with red hair but she’s also loving and bright with imagination. When she’s mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, elderly siblings who plan to adopt a young boy to help around their farm, Anne faces the prospect of securing a home and a loving family – if she can prove she’s worth keeping.

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Yaz *The Reading Girl*
Finally: Full review written December 17th, 2013 and edited the 19th:)

***5 beautiful "Kindred Spirits" stars!!***


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Sighs...Anne of Green Gables and her crazy doings will forever stay in my heart <3. Can there be such a crazy, beautiful, kindred spirit soul as Anne? No, I do not think so (there are two exceptions: Miranda Cheever and Penelope :D). This precious book is the first out of the many books in the Anne of Green Gables series.

I think many of you know what Anne of Green Gables is about
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Samantha Penrose
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, anne
Ive decided that instead of reviewing this book, I will copy my favorite passages....passages that capture what I love about the book.....
Page 180 describes Anne perfectly, "The downfall of some dear hope or plan plunged Anne into "deeps of affliction." The fulfilment thereof exalted her to dizzy realms of delight."
I love the way Anne thinks...I love the way she jumps from thing to thing in a frenzy of thoughts.....

Page 44 the chapter begins..."Do you know," said Anne confidently, "I've made up
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James
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3+ of 5 stars to Anne of Green Gables, the first book in a series by L.M. Montgomery, written in 1902. I read this book nearly 30 years ago and had to refresh my memory a little, before writing the review. I'd forgotten it was part of a whole series. I read more than one, but not sure which other ones. I recall this first one... a tale about an orphan girl, acclimating to a new family, meeting friends and neighbors. On the outskirts, it's a coming-of-age tale about a young girl be
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Apatt
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Oh, I don’t mean just the tree; of course it’s lovely—yes, it’s radiantly lovely—it blooms as if it meant it—but I meant everything, the garden and the orchard and the brook and the woods, the whole big dear world. Don’t you feel as if you just loved the world on a morning like this? And I can hear the brook laughing all the way up here. Have you ever noticed what cheerful things brooks are? They’re always laughing. Even in winter-time I’ve heard them under the ice. I’m so glad there’s a brook ...more
helen the bookowl
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading "Anne of Green Gables" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a children's book, and so I was expecting a story with a lovely protagonist and some lovely and educating morals, and that's what I got. Anne is simply lovable from the very beginning where she's being fetched by Matthew on the train station to come live in Green Gables. She's highly enthousiastic about everything from the trees to the birds and the brook, and sometimes she was a bit too enthousiastic for ...more
Samantha
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yup! Just as good as the last two times! <3
Jo
"I don't believe I'd really want to be a sensible person, because they are so unromantic."


A series of letters.

Dear Jo (aged 11),
Get off The Sims and pick up a copy of Anne of Green Gables and read it now. It will change your life.
Best wishes,
Jo (aged 22)

Dear Ms Montgomery,
I would like to take your beautiful prose and drape it over the washing line in my back garden to create a mystical den that only I and my friends may enter.
Who would I have to talk to for this to happen?
Thank you in adva
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Duane
When I read Anne of Green Gables I was admitted into the world of orphan Anne Shirley and her life in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I fell in love with her and her adoptive parents, brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. Mrs. Rachel Lynde, her meddling neighbor, and Gilbert Blythe, who would become Anne's lifelong love, were also introduced early in this book, the first of eight novels telling the life story of Anne Shirley. I've read every one and it remains one of my favorite series. ...more
Michael
Heartwarming tale I missed from the gender tracking in the readings of youth. The red-headed orphan girl of 11 adopted by the middle-aged Cuthberts was quite the force of nature. Her power of imagination, romance, and language helped to melt their frozen hearts and properness of their childless, Calvinist household. She was not the farmworker they expected when they applied to the orphanage for a boy, but she brought them many gifts, such as the ability to laugh, appreciate play, and hope for th ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

I finally finished this book. It's easy to get into but not one to fly through, plus I've been in a reading slump this month.

Anne is a funny child - she's positive and hopeful and...talkative. It's impossible not to like her. As an adult reading this I understand Marilla because the child definitely was willful and up to getting into accidental mischief, although the beginning where t
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Rebecca McNutt
I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but it turned out to be amazing! Anne herself is a lovable character and her antics and adventures are at times funny, at times sad and at times exciting. The Canadian landscapes were vibrantly described and the vocabulary was wonderful. Anyone who hasn't read this book should definitely do so.
Alex Farrand
Alright, I liked it. It was a flat lined, static book, but Anne's personality made me like it. I thought this book was a cross between Little Women and the Little Princess. Little Women because there was no real climax to the book, but each chapter had it's lesson, but not as long and I didn't skim the last chapter. Little Princess because of her wild imagination to create stories. Then you add a character who has some flaws, red hair, and loves to talk in the mix and you have Anne of Green Gabl ...more
Ingela
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every young girl I know
Loved by me, 5 BIG Stars

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Amazing Anne Shirley you should be a role model for many girls. Brave, strong willed and with such great dreams and big imagination.

Gilbert Blythe was perhaps my first Book Boyfriend. Oh sweet, I was in love. Lovely, lovely Anne and Gilbert, what a good and nice young lovestory. Everything in this book series are wonderful. Then there's the great TV series.*) I loved it all ... and still do.

I LIKE - enormously when I was young...

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*) The fun and wonderf
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Norah Una Sumner
MY HEART IS SO FULL RIGHT NOW.

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I absolutely ADORED this book. I loved the writing so much and was surprised how lovely it is. The characters are, of course, already familiar to me but I think I love them even more now. Yes, I know, it's an unforgivable crime that I haven't read this book/series until now but maybe this was the perfect timing after all. Ah, I am so happy and content right now & I can't wait to continue this amazing journey with our Anne with an E.
Anne

She danced up to the little looking-glass and peered into it. Her pointed freckled face and solemn gray eyes peered back at her.
“You’re only Anne of Green Gables,” she said earnestly, “and I see you, just as you are looking now, whenever I try to imagine I’m the Lady Cordelia. But it’s a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn’t it?”



I'm so overjoyed to have finally read this. I've set my mind on reading more classics from now on, and I'll defini
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Mary
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Five stars don't seem to do this beautiful book justice.

This book is exactly what I needed at this point in my life. The poignant tale of a little freckled, red-haired girl growing up. Leaving childhood. But never forgetting the days of blissful youth, lingering still as she matures.

This book made me cry. It made me laugh. It gave me thrills that shot through my heart and made my soul sing.

I can't imagine my life now without Anne. The world is a better place because of the story about a starry-e
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Manybooks
Simply rating L.M. Montgomery's's Anne of Green Gables is (for me at least) ridiculously easy (five well deserved stars, and a permanent residence on my favourites shelf). That being said, and unfortunately, posting an actual review is proving both daunting and exceedingly difficult, for how do I review a favourite both childhood and adulthood comfort read in a way that is even remotely adequate, that not only shows my deep and lasting appreciation of and for Anne of Green Gables (and L.M. Montg ...more
Melki
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Well now, she's a real interesting little thing," persisted Matthew.

Truer words were never spoken when the whirlwind known as Anne Shirley comes to live with siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at Green Gables.

In one terrific example of cosmic trickery, the Cuthberts, who were hoping to adopt a boy to help out around the farm, are sent instead a garrulous and imaginative, red-headed girl. Matthew takes to her immediately. Marilla needs some convincing.

"Matthew Cuthbert, you don't mean to say
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Franklin Peach
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classic
To be brutally honest, I was disappointed. I found Anne quite often to be annoying and found my self skimming through many of her rambling soliloquies. Many (especially those of the female gender I suppose) may find her apt to talk ad nauseum to be one of her most enduring qualities, I however did not.

I discovered that it was difficult for me to continue reading once the characters had been established, that is I had no motivation to continue reading as there appeared to be no underlying plot to
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
It's hard to believe I had not read this book until now. I thought I had read most of the children's classics (except Laura Ingalls Wilder and Old Yeller), but I guess not. I am so glad that this was nominated as the July read for the Classics for Beginners Group. It lit a fire under me to read this finally. This was a fantastic book.

I have a list of singular heroines and I'm adding Anne to my list. Anne is so lovable. Even with all her flaws, or maybe because of them. She is prone to making mis
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a vacation from the 21st century
Recommended to Evelina | AvalinahsBooks by: Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
Oh, Anne! How I wish I had known I'd love your story so much – then I would have not postponed reading it for so long.

I invite you to read this post on my blog, because the format will not look very good on Goodreads.

If you're unaware about what happens in this story (much like I was just a month before), Anne is an orphan, adopted by an elderly brother and sister. She is a very happy-go-lucky, imaginative child that is a true delight to read about. And it's not just Anne – it's the old romant
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Maggie
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Noelle
DRAMATIS PERSONAE ...................................... Anne Shirley

It's not often that a book lives up to its public-shaming-if-you-haven't-read hype. This book lives up to its 104 YEAR HYPE. I almost divorced my childhood for not reading this then. So many of the words that describe Anne are ones that too many girls are running away from today -- imaginative, impertinent, outspoken, smart, driven. If you have a problem with them, you can take it up with the slate being cracked over your head.
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Lora
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of children's classics
Recommended to Lora by: Jo
Anne of Green Gables is the story of a young orphaned girl named, you guessed it, Anne. Born in Nova Scotia only to lose both of her parents from the fever at the age of three months, Anne has grown up in many households, never being able to stay in one place for long. As you can imagine, this has left young Anne feeling needy and unwanted.
And when siblings Marilla and Matthew decide to adopt a boy to help work on their farm, they never expect to get a girl instead. Naturally, their first instin
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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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