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Dear Enemy

(Daddy-Long-Legs #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,792 ratings  ·  946 reviews
Dear Enemy is the sequel to Jean Webster's novel Daddy-Long-Legs. First published in 1915, it was among the top ten best sellers in the US in 1916. The story is presented in a series of letters written by Sallie McBride, Judy Abbott's classmate and best friend in Daddy-Long-Legs. Among the recipients of the letters are Judy; Jervis Pendleton, Judy's husband and the preside ...more
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Published November 1st 2006 by (first published 1915)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs #2), Jean Webster

Dear Enemy is the sequel to Jean Webster's novel Daddy-Long-Legs. First published in 1915, it was among the top ten best sellers in the US in 1916.

The story is presented in a series of letters written by Sallie McBride, Judy Abbott's classmate and best friend in Daddy-Long-Legs. Among the recipients of the letters are Judy; Jervis Pendleton, Judy's husband and the president of the orphanage where Sallie is filling in until a new superintendent can b
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Dear Enemy is the 1915 sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs, a delightful if slightly flawed 1912 book. This book is, sadly, much more flawed, because of a running discussion of eugenics that probably seemed exciting and timely when this book was written but now comes across as, at best, wincingly dated.

Our main character, Sallie McBride, was a minor character in the first book. In this one, Judy, the heroine of Daddy-Long-Legs, convinces Sallie, her best friend from college, to accept the job of running t
Eugenics, oh dear, oh dear. This book has all sorts of dodgy stuff in that can be overlooked a bit - but not completely! - by always keeping the mantra, "This was written almost a hundred years ago," going in your head while you're reading. I would give it five stars - on the whole, I like this one more than Daddy-Long-Legs, which it comes after - but alas! It is really quite dodgy to a reader now.

But for everything else that is not dodgy, I only have massive amounts of love. As an epistolary no
I have great love for this novel. I read it first as a teenage girl and since then, I have read it many times and each time, I enjoy it immensely and close the book with a big smile on my face.

Dear Enemy is a sequel to the famous novel "Daddy Long Legs" and is told in a sequence of letters from Sallie to different people, mostly Judy. I have to say that I love this story more than the first novel.In my opinion, Dear Enemy is far more interesting, humorous, lively and romantic compared to the fir
Huge swathes of charming, with one egregious, icky icky caveat. I do love me a good epistolary novel, and this one is splendidly done, with a light touch on what the narrator says and what the author wants to happen. I find Sallie a slightly less dense narrator than Judy (heroine of the prequel Daddy Long Legs), whose greatest charm and irritation is her cheerful, persistent earnestness. Sallie is always a bit more self-aware, even when she's the silly socialite being badgered into working, and ...more
Nour Allam
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2020
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Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old favorite from my childhood. A sequel to the much more famous Daddy-Long-Legs, it is a much better book. Sallie, the heroine, is a charmer. Open,gregarious,brave,funny,compassionate,and a modern woman. Sweet romance, and some real drama and tear-jerking moments, in her position as a society girl who takes over the orphanage that her friend Judy from DLL was raised in. The novel is a series of letters to said Judy detailing her triumphs and challenges in her new position. I love epistolary ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
First published in 1915, DEAR ENEMY is a sequel to Daddy Long Legs. Judy is now married and recruits her college friend Sallie to give up her happy-go-lucky life and run the John Grier Home, the orphanage that Judy was raised in. Sallie is getting bored waiting for her Congressman boyfriend to propose and agrees to take the job on a temporary basis. She turns up at the home with her kind heart, wicked sense of humour, her maid and her dog. She immediately falls foul of the home’s Scottish doctor ...more
Lots of conflicted thoughts on this one. I didn’t like it as well as DLL...mostly I didn’t like Sallie’s view toward the children, though that does improve to some extent. What was the biggest hurdle, though, was: “undesirable” children being parceled off to the “proper institutions” for deaf, epileptic, and so on—plus the doctor who believed implicitly in eugenics and heredity. I found all that very creepy, especially the part where a child too stupid for her own good was thought deserving of a ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
I think anyone who was interested in the story whether the anime, movies or book, would want to know what happened to Judy, Julia and Sallie.

This story is written by Sallie this time, and her correspondence between herself and her friends and boyfriend Gordon (known as Bob to us), and Dr. Robin MacRae, her Dear Enemy!

Re-read May 2016

Had to re-read this, too, of course!

Original Review

OH. I loved this.

I only found out recently that this book, a companion to Daddy Long Legs, existed at all, but, after reading Daddy Long Legs, I decided I better read it and I'm so glad I did. I think I'm glad, too, that I waited until now to read it. It's about Sallie, Judy's friend, taking over the running of Judy's old orphanage. And I think I appreciate it more than I would've had I read it when I first read Daddy Long Legs i
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gwen by: my grandmother
Shelves: fiction
When you read this book, FORGET ALL MENTION OF EUGENICS. It's terrible, but this is what you get for reading a book that's almost 100 years old. Not that that is any excuse, however.

Other than that glaring concern (plus the subtle--but thankfully rare--cases of racism) (I'm really not selling this book well, am I?), I love this book, even more than Daddy Long Legs. This is a wonderful journey of a woman learning to become more independent and self-assured, all while maintaining a sense of humor
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The continuation of Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. A typical 19th century narrative. This book starts a few years after Jerusha and Jervis are married. They want to remodel and improve the John Greer orphanage and find a suitable matron: none other than Sally McBride, Judy's dear school friend. Part Irish, part English, part Scotch, with a delightful mixture of representative qualities from all these races. She is initially reluctant, but later assumes full responsibility of the home and impro ...more
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So on the one hand, you have to admit, this is kind of a terrible book. The heroine speaks approvingly of eugenics, wishes (perhaps not jokingly) that a kid who poisoned himself on bad alcohol would be allowed to die because he carried a genetic predisposition towards alcoholism, and horribly insults people with disabilities. Yes, it was published in 1915, but how much do you let that excuse?
On the other hand, though, I seriously love this book and the characters that emerge from it.
I love Sal
This was a cute story. A little bothersome sometimes (Sally would go on and on about Gordon, and I so detest him) but an overall enjoyable read.

I really liked the renovating of the orphanage and the building of the "Indian" camp. However my favorite part of the entire book was (view spoiler)

Percy was most likely my favorite character, I have a very strange habit of picking the minorest of characters to be my favorites, but ah wel
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who have read and loved Dadfy Long Legs

Dear Enemy, thank goodness it didn't turn out how I thought it would! If it had I may have tossed you across the room in a fit of pique. Sallie was a dear redhead! Her fiery temper had me chuckling several times. And the grumpy Dr. Robin 'Sandy' MacRae was painted in such an affectionate light! I'm sorry I never liked Gordon, he was a sniveling pest who thought he was God's gift to women. Didn't like him a bit! I do rather wish I could have had just the tinnest of glimpses at Judy&Javises return
While this book was equally as charming and romantic as Daddy-Long-Legs, there were a couple of things that spoiled my fun. The constant playing of Indians in tents and references to "savages", eugenics and the medical attitude towards mental illness and the way society talks about adoption have not aged well, but as a heroine Sallie McBride is very bit modern and rambunctious. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
you kiddin right?
after a masterpiece named daddy long legs, you givin me this?
this is NOY sally
this is not sally
this is not sally
what even was this?
I still have to figure out my thought
but they are all saying the same thing:
((WHAT DA F?))
Obviously, I adored the humour. I laughed many times. I think that Daddy-Long-Legs wasn't as funny.

Meanwhile he is very grateful for something to eat, but oh, so funny in his attempts at social grace! At first, he would hold a cup of tea in one hand, a plate of muffins in the other, and then search blankly for a third hand to eat them with

I loved this sweet atmosphere that you can find also in other great books like those written by L.M. Montgomery or L.M. Alcott.

I do wish that mice and snakes a
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: puke, 1-star, dnf
So far, really boring. I also find it weird that she calls him Enemy to his face. I'm tired of people like Davie (Anne of Green Gables) and Punch (Dear Enemy) getting away with being brats - why is it that in these books the only way to get attention is to be obnoxious, obstinate, and irritating instead of nice and cute and normal? Davie and Punch are my least favorite characters in both books because of their everlasting tolerance for bad behavior.

And really? They didn't know what money looked
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this is a better book than Daddy Long Legs because, although Judy Abbott was nice, she was also super earnest. Growing up in an orphan asylum will do that to you, I suppose.

The letters of her friend Sally McBride are sillier, and much more entertaining. Judy railroads her friend Sally into taking over as the Matron at the too TOO dreary orphan asylum where she herself was raised - and like a red-headed tornado, Sally McB sweeps the old out and the new in. Her new broom tendencies make th
In this sequel to Daddy Long-Legs, Judy Abbott is happily married to Jervis Pendleton and following him wherever he goes on business. He has taken over as chief trustee of the John Grier Home and Judy wants her friend Sallie McBride to take over as superintendent. At first Sallie rejects the idea, being a frivolous socialite, but when her wealthy politician suitor laughs at the idea of Sallie taking care of 100 orphans, she decides to take on the challenge. She's appalled at the conditions in wh ...more
Robina Fox
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel of letters from Sallie McBride, Judy's college friend from Daddy-Long-Legs, sometimes to the "enemy' of the title (a gruff Scottish doctor), sometimes to Judy or her husband, sometimes to Sallie's boyfriend Gordon, a rising politician. Sallie, despite her frivolous nature, is persuaded by Judy to take over the running of the grim orphan asylum where Judy herself was raised. At first she loathes it, but she comes to be deeply interested in the work of transforming the place and ve ...more
Jean (Bookish Poetess)
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, classics
"It's nice to look forward to, isn't it—a life of work and play and little daily adventures side by side with somebody you love? I'm not afraid of the future any more. I don't mind growing old with you, Sandy."

It is Sallie McBride's turn to tell her own story after they finished college. As Judy Abbott's best friend, Judy trusted her to become the superintendent of John Grier Home, as a replacement for Mrs. Lippet, after Judy bought it and married Jervis Pendleton. Sallie has the same humor as J
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
So lovely! She is such a wonderful women.
I miss reading from Judy point of view though........
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From the beginning I knew ... I knew I wouldn’t love it as much .. I knew I wouldn’t love sallie as I loved Judy ... I knew I wouldn’t be intrigued .. but I read it anyways...
The orphanage,the doctor ,the love triangle... I knew from the beginning who will she proceed her life with .
All I cared about was Judy’s perspective; when I flipped the pages ,I had tiny bit of hope that her point of view will glow in my eyes (but noo it was all sallie’s fricking babbling about what happened in the orphan
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster is a companion novel to Daddy-Long-Legs. It is also in the epistolary style. It’s worth reading if you enjoyed the other novel, but Sallie McBride isn’t as charming as Judy Abbott.

This novel takes place in the early twentieth century, before WW2 and the Great Depression. Women do not have the vote and are still considered second class citizens. Early automobiles share the road with horse-drawn carriages and writing letters and sending telegrams is still the best form o
Jul 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction

Bear with me. I'll get to this book, I promise, but first I have to tell a story.

When I was growing up, we never lacked for food, shelter, or clothing, but there wasn't a lot of money for extras. When a used bookstore opened up in a nearby town, I was thrilled to be able to take in a paper grocery sack full of paperbacks I'd already read, and trade them for something different for only a little bit of money, which I could earn by picking up pop bottles from roadside ditches, or collecting a coup
Deborah Ideiosepius
After many years of trying I have finally completed this book. I loved Daddy long legs and it has always been a sore point with me that I could not make it through this novel by the same author.

Despite my best efforts, and a lot of techniques and tactics that are similar, if not Identical to her other novel, Dear Enemy never really gelled for me. It lacks the vibrancy and brilliance that I was hoping for from it and suffers from poor characterisation. It is manifestly obvious from the start wha
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
After finishing Daddy-Long-Legs I rushed to read the follow up novel. In some ways it is even better than the first one. I adored reading about this inexperienced but strong willed society girl taking up the management of an orphanage. Her letters are great fun and give a perfect feeling for the situation and characters.

But it was just so hard reading about the way people (even forward thinking, kind and modern ones) thought about mental illness and disability at that time. I know too much abou
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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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