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327 pages, Paperback
First published June 1, 2021
" Anne, I've wanted you since before I knew what it was to want someone," Gil said, leaning forward to catch her gaze with his own. "Even when the only time you ever looked at me was when we were fighting, all I could see was you."
“we aren’t the same people we were when we met in eighth grade, or who we were when we last saw each other at the age of eighteen. i thought i knew who you were, because i spent so much time looking at you, and trying to figure out how to get you to look back at me. but it occurs to me that i missed a lot. i just want a chance to know you, anne.”
3.5 stars? 3.75 stars? i’m having trouble deciding how to rate this one. anyone who knows me knows that i’m a big shirbert fan. an adult modern anne of green gables retelling? second chance anne and gilbert romance? childhood flashbacks? all the side representation (dark skinned queer diana, queer marilla and rachel)? i was sold. i was really excited going into this book and i thought it was really sweet overall. my only problem is the lack of slowburn development between anne and gilbert and i would’ve loved to see more of their rivalry. i started losing interest in the book once they start dating. but, still, i enjoyed it quite a lot (made me miss anne and gilbert even more) and would recommend it to anyone who loves anne of green gables and is interested in reading its modern retellings.