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Anne of Green Gables

(Anne of Green Gables #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  644,613 ratings  ·  18,791 reviews
As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlon ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Signet Book (first published 1908)
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Dawnstream At that time, yes. This book was written in Canada in 1908. In the mid and late 1800's, redheaded Irish immigrants flooded into the eastern U.S. and…moreAt that time, yes. This book was written in Canada in 1908. In the mid and late 1800's, redheaded Irish immigrants flooded into the eastern U.S. and Canada, due to widespread social injustice and starvation in Ireland. They were heavily discriminated against for generations afterwards. Her red hair marks as a likely Irish American and, therefore, she was probably shiftless and a criminal.(less)

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Shannon
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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emma
How do you review a book that transcends books?

Do you ever love a book so much that it doesn’t feel like a book? You’re so immersed and reading is so effortless that you don’t feel like you’re reading at all? The characters are real enough to be people, and their problems and happinesses feel like they’re happening to you?

That was me with this book.

Which is all well and good until it comes down to reviewing it.

Basically what I’m saying is I’m at a loss for words. I’m saying I have nothing TO sa
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics
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!
Candi
"Excitement hung around Anne like a garment, shone in her eyes, kindled in every feature."

Oh, what sheer pleasure it was to spend just a moment in time with Anne and her delightful companions in this little classic. What pure joy to catch a glimpse of the beauty of Prince Edward Island. I am likely one of the last persons on earth… well, on Goodreads at least… to read this novel. What in the world was I waiting for?! As a child and adolescent, I wrongly assumed that this book would be of no inte
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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The beloved classic 1908 novel about an orphan girl who mistakenly comes to the Prince Edward Island home of aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert (they had wanted a boy to help Matthew with chores). After an initial kerfuffle about sending Anne back to the orphanage and getting the boy they had intended, hearts are softened, and Anne proceeds to upend their lives ... in what turns out to be very good ways for everyone involved.

Anne is eleven years old when she first comes to Gr
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Matthew
This story is cute, touching, heart-warming, tear-jerking. In other words, a classic!

The target audience is definitely not me. I would say it would be perfect for a teenage girl living in Canada in the early 1900s. That makes sense, because that is exactly what Anne is! However, the point of this obvious detail is that sometimes it is fun to read a classic and try to put your mind in the mindset of who it was written for at the time. A couple of the storylines seemed silly or to not make sense,
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
What a lovely little book! There were a million excerpts I wanted to add but maybe at a later date.

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Which books changed me as a reader?

One would like to answer that Tolstoy or Dostoevsky or Dickens or Lagerlöf or Proust determined my path as a lifelong reader. But I doubt that is the case for most of us. They are more often the effect of falling in love with an entirely different kind of book, a root cause leading all the way to tackling Ulysses.

One of the most inspiring books I read as a young girl was the seemingly endless series of Anne (with an "e"), who has all the odds against her, and
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Nick
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a timeless story, Anne is a true protagonist. I love how she shows appreciation to everyone.
Nick
Oct 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Every edition of this book is truly beautiful.
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.

First pub
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on
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Beverly
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Beautiful Dreamer

As charming as she is Anne of Green Gables makes you fall in love with her not for her wit, but for her wholehearted love of life and the beauty of this world. She hates and loves with intense power for a little girl. I cried and smiled often during this story and I am so glad I finally read it.
Loretta
One I really should have read when I was younger. 😕
Celeste
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TS Chan
Full review now posted!

I so desperately wish I would’ve met Anne when I was a child, because we would’ve been bosom friends. However, I didn’t first read this book until I was in my 20s, and I was really missing out on something wonderful. But better late than never, right? I’ve since read this book 4 times, and I’ve loved it more every time I’ve read it.

Anne Shirley reminds me so much of myself as a child, minus the red hair. She’s doggedly optimistic, though she can be incredibly dramatic whe
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Apatt
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“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
Samantha Penrose
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anne, young-adult
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
Book Review
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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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
"I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does."

I cried, I laughed, and I fell in love.

I grew up watching these movies because my mom just absolutely loves them but I've never really been that interested in reading the book. I knew I'd read it someday but it wasn't a top priority at all. I had to read this for my can lit course this semester and boy am I ever glad for that. I absolutely adored this story. Anne is such a darling and she just makes me look at
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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.
Helene Jeppesen
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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[Shai] Bibliophage
When I was in grade school, the anime adaptation of Anne of Green Gables was aired here in our country. I instantly saw myself in Anne because I'm talkative, passionate and a bit stubborn then, therefore, it's easy for me to get drawn immediately to the story. I never read any of the L.M. Montgomery's books even how much I adore Anne Shirley and even if how many times I saw the copies of her books in a local thrift bookstore.

However, when I saw that there's an available series of this in Netfli
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Mari

Maybe closer to 4.5 stars, but it's so sweet, who can do that to Anne? This was such a warm, welcoming read. It has very little friction, very little to keep your from melting into its prose and getting familiar with its characters. It is certainly a children's story and one from the 1900s, so it has its quirks and its strong morals and its lessons learned, but honestly, it was perfect weekday reading. This will be filed away under being regretful I didn't come to this as a child myself and also
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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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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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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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