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Emily's Quest

(Emily #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  16,781 ratings  ·  731 reviews
Emily knows she's going to be a great writer. She also knows that she and her childhood sweetheart, Teddy Kent, will conquer the world together. But when Teddy leaves home to pursue his goal to become an artist at the School of Design in Montreal, Emily's world collapses. With Teddy gone, Emily agrees to marry a man she doesn't love ... as she tries to banish all thoughts ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 1st 1983 by Dell Laurel-Leaf (first published 1927)
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Steph S.
"Well, I never could have believed that a pack of lies could sound as much like the real truth as that book does."

Like the handsome, ambitious boys-next-door that L.M. Montgomery's heroines love to love, Emily Byrd Starr had the bald luck of getting there first. She is the author avatar for me, and I will accept no substitutes until the day I die: Nate Zuckerman, Grady Tripp, Charlie Citrine, Harriet Vane, Briony Tallis, Stephen Daedalus, Buddy Glass, Leo Gursky, Tom Healy... it was fun, but you
May 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is the third and final book of a lesser-known series by the author of Anne of Green Gables. The Anne books are more popular, but the Emily books are deeper and darker, and some of my favorite young adult literature. Like Anne, Emily is an orphan. Finding herself alone in the world, she goes to live with conservative relations. The three books chart her coming of age, her college years and her professional endeavors, and are excellently written. Emily is a character of ups and downs -- peopl ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This conclusion to the Emily trilogy was in my opinion the best book in this series. Emily fascinated me because she made some questionable decisions that I didn't immediately understand, but as the story continued I grew to understand and appreciate her.
This series has all in all been such a great surprise to me because it beats "Anne of Green Gables" in so many ways. We get a main character who develops, who has hopes and who grows up over the span of three books. Emily goes from being a youn
Jennis Andelin
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was the worst of the whole series. It was dark and depressing the whole time. The plot was really sad, and all through this book I just HATED Ilse. She was portrayed as a shallow, silly girl with no feelings for Emily or Teddy. She's obsessed with something the whole time. I liked the first two because of Emily and Ilse's good friendship. They both trust and stick up for each other. However, in the third, it seems as though she doesn't care for anything or anyone. And it's weird how Emily a ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Poor Emily. Poor, poor Emily. I picked up this book again last night, meaning to read a few chapters over dinner, and found myself ripping right through it again, back in PEI with silly, proud, devastating Emily.

This book guts me every time, probably because I am also a writer who has experienced major depression. Emily's Quest is one of the most honest, accurate depictions of the illness I've ever read, and gave me, as a child and adolescent, if not a name for what I was experiencing, then at l
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Loved it. But am giving it 4 stars because Emily drove me BONKERS for like 3/4 of the book. She was so stubborn and proud and so much could have been avoided if she’d just employed some basic communication with everyone. So annoying. But amazing storytelling, amazing writing, and amazing characters as per usual. I just love LM Montgomery so very much.

Also, can we just talk about how Dean is a big ol’ manipulative predatory creeper?!?!?
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh, God, Emily, shut up.

I am only giving this two stars because I'm really proud of Emily for writing and gaining success with her short stories, and eventually, a novel! She works so hard, and goes through a lot of struggles (late, depressing nights, being on death's door, etc.). But damn, girl, your love life is a mess, and you are making it so.

(1) Dean. And **SPOILERS** (Though I guess the novel thing was already a spoiler, but if you didn't know that was happening, that's a bit more on you.
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Emily of New Moon I began to have an idea of why I've never loved and spent time with Emily Byrd Starr as I have with Anne Shirley or Pat Gardiner. I began to suss it out then, but I loved the book and it still seemed strange to me. With Emily Climbs it began to seem clearer – that dark streak running through it, I said, and left it at that. But it is only on finishing Emily's Quest that I fully understand – and that is partly because I know, on closing this book, I will be leaving it cl ...more
Another wonderful book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. What an underrated writer, and what a shame. There are millions of readers, especially young readers, that would love these wonderful books. Emily's Quest is the third and final book in the series, Emily of New Moon. Emily Byrd Starr is just as precocious and loveable as Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables. But she is more serious minded and determined than Anne, and reading of her ups and downs, her hopes and dreams, and her undying love of Teddy ...more
Yes and albeit that I have indeed always enjoyed reading Emily's Quest and have also found it a reasonable and generally satisfying enough conclusion to the Emily of New Moon trilogy (and especially with regard to Emily's writing career and that she has finally managed to reach the pinnace of success when her novel The Moral of the Rose is released by the Warehams, by one of North America's most famous and well known publishing houses), I also do NOT particularly (if at all) enjoy (and have actu ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I know in my heart that I cannot adequately express how I feel about this book.

The series as a whole is amazing. I have never read a story where I so wholly absorbed a character's feelings as I did Emily Starr's. And I must say, the final book in the trilogy broke my heart over, and over, and over. I felt so much anguish over this book.

But L.M. Montgomery done something special. Reading this alongside Anne of Green Gables, it is evident how much her writing has evolved since the Anne series (190
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
After two strong books, L.M. Montgomery ruins the finish in this book. People do horrible things to her and break her heart, and she finishes as a very weak version of herself. I can only take so many "miscommunications" as plot devices, and this story has a few too many. Also, we are presented with the fact that Emily loves only Teddy Kent, and can't possibly marry anyone else, but in spite of the fact that Emily really is a well written character, we know very little about Teddy Kent, and so i ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Emily's Quest was just so incredibly depressing and frustrating, I really found it difficult to read with any pleasure. The misunderstandings between Emily and Teddy (and Ilse) are so very obvious, and could have been so easily sorted out. Instead, the creepy Dean Priest steps in and persuades Emily to marry him after she is badly hurt in an accident (which Priest unwittingly precipitated, but then used to his advantage).

The final third of the book was the hardest to read as the misunderstanding
Laurence R.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Aranda
2.5 stars

I can’t properly explain how badly this book went for me when compared to the wonderful time I had reading the previous two books in the Emily series. "Emily's Quest" was the worst book out of the trilogy, in my opinion, and felt like an endless chore to read and listen to. None of the characters seemed to be who they were when we started out with them in the series. Of course they were children and we see them grow into adults so changes were bound to happen. The sequel gives examples
Apr 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book is painful. Why do they all torture themselves??? My advice is read the last chapter first. Then you can have your happy ending to the other two books. At that point you can decide if you even want to know what happened in the first of the book. You may be better off not knowing.
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is dragged down by Dean, who is The Worst.
I always give Dean my stories to read. I can't help doing it, although he always brings them back with no comment, or, worse, than no comment - faint praise. It has become a sort of obsession with me to make Dean admit I can write something worthwhile in its line. That would be a triumph. But unless and until he does, everything will be dust and ashes. Because - he knows.

I don't think I've ever thought Montgomery was writing
It's unnerving to watch a sparkly-eyed character fall into a deep depression, but the way Montgomery pulled it off makes this my favorite of the trilogy. (Also though, could we have had a little more payoff at the end after pushing through all the gloom? None of this Austen "and now I'll gloss over the juiciest part that I've been building up for ages" nonsense.)
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was probably my least favorite of the three books. That being said, it was completely necessary for the course of the story to play out. This book is more full of mental hardship than previous books (Emily is growing up after all), which makes for a more difficult read. Not that difficult is bad, but after coming to love such a vibrant, positive character and then see that character mentally anguished for some period of time. No one wants to see someone they care about in pain, and I defini ...more
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Rounded up out of loyalty to the writer.

Montgomery is an incredibly talented author. Anne of Green Gables is one of my all-time favorite books. But this last installment of the Emily trilogy had me rolling my eyes so constantly that I made myself dizzy. I think Emily Byrd Starr is a wonderful heroine, and I absolutely love the Prince Edward Island setting. There is something incredibly quaint and charming about the combination of that setting and Montgomery’s prose, whi
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh, what was this? A love kite? A crooked square with a starburst projecting from our heroine? Oh no. It's a love squid. Good grief. And the whole second sight thing really became a bit much.

It looked like this. Horror.

I beg thee, friends, let no such love appendages squirm their way into your writing. No purple eyes with flaked gold sprinkled atop, either.

Pshaw, I like Mongomery. But why, why must she insert an Unbelievable? Her characters are my friends (or enemies) because they're breathing.
This is a tale of a young heroine's quest for succes. It is a tale of ambition and of a young woman obsessed with wordplay and poetry. It is a tale of bleak depression and the writer's block that comes along with it. It is a tale of artistry and the fragility with which art is created. And, of course, it is a tale of love and hope and happiness; a tale of rereading old letters and striving for the bright future, that was once foretold.

The ghosts of things that never happened are worse than the
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
My least favorite of the three Emily books, now that I've read them all about seven times. We have to have this book because it winds up the love story, but it takes us briefly through some harrowing, depressing events to get there. No one dies, but it's rough. Scratch that. People die, all right, but Emily doesn't. I still love Emily's story even though, as an adult, I no longer believe it's a good story for me to read. I don't need any more encouragement to judge, be introverted, and stay away ...more
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Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
She was sitting at her open window. The night outside was like a dark, heavy, perfumed flower. An expectant night -- a night when things intended to happen. Very still. Only the loveliest of muted sounds-- the faintest whisper of trees, the airiest sigh of wind, the half-heard, half-felt moan of the sea.

"Oh, beauty!" whispered Emily, passionately, lifting her hands to the stars. "What would I have done without you all these years?"

This is the third, and my favorite, of the Emily books. I'll miss
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
[close] I've given the third of Montgomery's Emily books four stars simply for nostalgia's sake, since it was actually the first one I read. Yet as I read through these again and again, I find this third one to be the darkest and most depressing. Emily has given up a chance to work in publishing in the U.S. to stay at New Moon and write -- while this is her choice (and the author's) what a book that would have made, to see Emily in the world!

Plus the author makes the years pass by like fluid an
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things get quite dark for Emily in the final volume. Apart from misunderstandings and the pains of rejection, both literary and personal, she is burdened with a best friend who is quite appallingly self-centred, selfish and lacking any understanding of Emily. It all comes right at the end of course, but only just! Some interesting studies of people who claim to love but who are pathologically possessive and jealous. I was left wondering whether Montgomery had someone like this in her life.

Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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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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