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Emily Climbs

(Emily #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  20,968 ratings  ·  702 reviews
Emily Starr was born with the desire to write. As an orphan living on New Moon Farm, writing helped her face the difficult, lonely times. But now all her friends are going away to high school in nearby Shrewsbury, and her old-fashioned, tyrannical aunt Elizabeth will only let her go if she promises to stop writing! All the same, this is the first step in Emily's climb to s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published May 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published July 1st 1925)
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Mel Campbell 'Jade' isn't used here as a first name. It's an old-fashioned insult. A 'jade' is a horse that's been worn out or made vicious and disobedient through…more'Jade' isn't used here as a first name. It's an old-fashioned insult. A 'jade' is a horse that's been worn out or made vicious and disobedient through being ridden or used too hard. The meaning survives in the word 'jaded' (to be bored by something that's stopped being new and exciting to you).

But in a sexist way, a 'jade' was a 19th-century term for a bad-tempered or disreputable woman (readers would understand that, like the horse, the woman has been 'ridden' too often to be calm and biddable). It can have a very negative connotation of adultery or promiscuity.

Mr Carpenter is using it in a more affectionate way, calling Emily at first "a little jade" and only in 'Emily Climbs' does it become his nickname for her, "Jade". Its meaning here is something closer to 'hussy' or 'minx'. And his use of the word is meant to show that Mr Carpenter himself is a little risqué for Prince Edward Island.

In 'Emily of New Moon', he's described as having been a brilliant student in his youth. "But at college he had got in with a 'fast set'--Blair Water people nodded heads slowly and whispered the dreadful phrase portentously--and the fast set had ruined him. He 'took to drink' and went to the dogs generally."

So for Mr Carpenter, who has known a more adventurous way of life than the prim citizens of Blair Waters, calling Emily a 'jade' isn't really an insult at all. A girl who can think for herself, who argues rather than being meek, and who chafes against social expectations, is someone Mr Carpenter admires – even if he has to hide it behind a façade of disapproval.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Emily Climbs (Emily of New Moon #2), L.M. Montgomery

Emily Climbs is the second in Emily of New Moon series of novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was first published in 1925.

"People were never right in saying I was Anne. But in some respects, they will be right if they write me down as Emily."

Emily Byrd Starr longs to attend Queen's Academy to earn her teaching license, but her tradition-bound relatives at New Moon refuse. She is instead offered the chance to go to Shrewsbury High School with her
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Duane
Emily Climbs is the 2nd book in Lucy Maud Montgomerys Emily series, and it is near perfection in classic young adult literature. I loved the first book but this one is even better. Emily of New Moon was introducing characters, setting story lines, etc., but in this book Emily shines like a full moon over Prince Edward Island. Emily is destined to be a writer, she knows it in her heart, although her aunts, the New Moon Murray's, think she is foolish. Nevertheless, they agree to send her to high s ...more
Molly
An agent pal of mine has a theory that you're either a "A Little Princess" kind of person, or a "A Secret Garden" kind of person. I'd argue that the same "2 kinds of people" rule could be created for Anne versus Emily. Me? I'm totally a "A Little Princess" girl, and while I do dearly love Anne, I'm so much more of an Emily. Which is interesting. B/c I think Little Princess-Anne and Secret Garden-Emily would more naturally correlate. Clearly, I'm an enigma. Even more clearly, I'm also thinking ab ...more
Sarah
My only complaints about this book are in the story itself - some characters I would have liked to see more of. That's it. The execution is flawless, hence the five stars.

Emily Climbs picks up shortly after Emily of New Moon . Our heroine is happily scribbling her days away in the company of her three besties when she learns that all three—Ilse, Perry, and Teddy—are going to high school a few towns away. Strict Aunt Elizabeth will only allow Emily to join them if the girl swears off writing
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Phrynne
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L.M. Montgomery's Emily series is, for me, not in the same class as Anne of Green Gables but it is still a very pleasant and enjoyable read. Like Anne, Emily is feisty, intelligent, appealing and liable to get into scrapes. In Emily Climbs she progresses through her teenage years. Her single minded desire is to be an author and we see her having some small successes in this ambition. She shares important moments in her life with close family and friends and struggles to sort out her feelings tow ...more
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
This series is turning out to be a lot more complex than how I pinned it after the first book. I mean, there are still acres of whimsical nature descriptions (so much purple and gold and red and gray and misty and pearly and magical and kill me), and still aspects that feel derivative of the Anne books. But the methodical way Montgomery has matured Emily’s own writing, and the steady steps that have been taken away from childhood rapture toward bittersweet adulthood, have made me consider the de ...more
Helene Jeppesen
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This continuation of Emily's story was just as heart-warming and enchanting as the first book. Reading about Emily makes me feel happy, cozy and safe all at the same time, and I loved how in this sequel the setting actually changes as Emily grows up (which was not the case with the Anne of Green Gables series). The ending was a little bit surprising, because Emily made an unwise decision in my opinion. Nevertheless, I'm excited to pick up the last installment of this series very soon. ...more
Manybooks
Just a wee bit too episodic at times for my liking and personal tastes (and with especially the chapters where Emil Byrd Starr and best friend Ilse Burnley go canvassing for magazine subscriptions, where Emily through her supposed second sight then locates little lost Alan Bradshaw feeling at least to and for me a trifle tacked on so to speak and almost as though L.M. Montgomery has felt as though she desperately requires yet another instance of Emily Byrd Starr being presented as someone with s ...more
Tracey
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I did some reflecting in my (review? Essay? Piece?) thing on Emily of New Moon about why I don't love Emily as much as Anne, why I haven't read the trilogy in many years when I won't let a year go by Anne-less. Emily Climbs clarifies the matter a bit more.

There is a great deal more cynicism in Emily's world than in Anne's. I was astonished reading the first chapters at Emily's perceptiveness – and, like any perceptive person moving among the unimaginative and less incisive, she has, very young
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Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
So happy to get to know Emily better. So eager to see where her story goes in the last book. LM Montgomery is a treasure. Her books are my happy place.
Rachel Aranda
4.5 stars

My rating is a little lower than the first book in the trilogy but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book. It was really neat seeing Perry, Teddy, Ilsa, and Emily in a bigger city on Prince Edward Island to attend high school. They’ve all grown and matured a lot. It’s impossible to doubt that they’ll all do great things in their lives. I do hope they don’t drift apart as most friends do when they leave high school do but to pursue their dreams it might have to happen... It’s a terri
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Celeste
Emily Byrd Starr is a delightful character. She’s charming and intelligent and fiercely talented, with a penchant for finding herself in embarrassing situations that keeps her from feeling inhumanly perfect. She marches to the beat of her own drum in a way that is still uncommon, and her deep appreciation for the beauty of nature resonates with me. I adore her on the surface, but I think she and I have developed a relationship that will never grow beyond friendly acquaintances. As much as I try ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Rereading this for the tenth or twelfth time, I enjoy it just as much as ever!

Emily is growing up, honing her writing skills, and getting an education at Shrewsbury high school along with her friends, Ilse, Perry, and Teddy. She gets into innocent mischief, makes honest mistakes, and generally has little adventures around PEI.

I love the character development that Emily has in this book. There are some surprising developments with her family clan, the Murrays, as they begin to recognize that she
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Katri
The Emily books have been with me for a longer time than most people I know. I have no idea how many times I've read them, and I could probably quote many passages from them by heart. How can one review such books, then? I won't try. I will only say that these books delight me to no end, and Emily Climbs is perhaps my favourite of the trilogy, because of the youthful dreaminess and enthusiasm of Emily, because it has so much about her writing and I don't know for what other reasons. Montgomery's ...more
Lisa Wolf
Delightful story of teen Emily, finding her voice and finding her way. A really sweet book, very enjoyable.
Elinor  Loredan
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l-m-montgomery, 2010
5 stars for being beautiful, inspiring, funny, magical.
1 star for being maddening-I desperately want to read the stories Emily writes! And the poems as well.

Somehow, I like this one even better than Emily of New Moon. I love the journal entries and-yes, even Emily's italics! I love her determination, her innocence that keeps her from seeing Dean is in love with her and waiting for her to grow up so he can show it, and most of all, I love her incessant 'scribbling'.

The part where Emily hides in
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Kate
May 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second 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 -- people who dis ...more
Christine
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I forgot how much I love this entire series.

When people think of L.M. Montgomery, they think of Anne of Green Gables. But, Emily is, arguably, Montgomery’s best heroine. She starts out a little girl lost and blossoms throughout the entire series.

But, I think what I love most is the character growth of those that Emily’s life touches. Her aunts, uncles, friends, teachers… Even those who seem beyond any little bit of sympathy in the beginning, turn out to be loyal to Emily in the end.

Emily Climbs
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Maureen
I like the Emily books for their exploration of women making it as professional writers. However, the problem with the Emily trilogy is that the characters don't feel real in the way those in the Anne series do - they don't come to life and leap off the page with vivacity. Ilse, Teddy and Perry never feel as fully fleshed as characters like Diana, Gilbert and Marilla. Plus, Dean Priest gets creepier with every book. ...more
Amy
I wonder if I picked this trilogy up too late. I've reached the point where I find Anne just a touch annoying. (And I've always been an Anne.) So I assume I'd have had more sympathy for Emily if I read her, say, in middle school.
As it is, I found the episodic nature of this book slow and hard to get invested in. Emily or one of her friends gets embroiled in a scandal. Emily's family reproves her. She gives them the Murray look. They give in. Rinse and repeat.
The scene with the dog was hilariou
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Beth
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At one point this was my least favorite Emily. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Look at this opening line!
Emily Byrd Starr was alone in her room, in the old New Moon farmhouse at Blair Water, one stormy night in a February of the olden years before the world turned upside down.
The pacing is choppy and the storyline perhaps overly anecdotal, but this is an appreciation, late though it may be.

Of Cousin Jimmy: “No one can be free who has a thousand ancestors.”

Of iconic L. M. Montgomery locals:
“S
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Tarissa
This was a WONDERFUL sequel to the first Emily book. I honestly can't decide which book was better than the other.

Parts of the book are in diary form, while others are set in regular story form, so you get an all-around view of Emily's life. I like how the author weaved the two forms together.

I loved the storyline; it seems like very simple, little things that take place, but as you reflect on it, you realize the story is actually quite deep in thought, and well plotted. Emily is allowed to atte
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Of course you know and love Anne of Green Gables. But what about Emily of New Moon? Emily is a new find for me, and she is a delight, even more Anne-of-Green-Gables-ishly forthright than Anne herself. Emily knows, above all things, that she wants to be a writer, and she sets out to do that. Her Aunt Elizabeth throws a rock in her path when she allows Emily to attend high school in a nearby town only after making Emily vow to stop writing fiction during her time there. Emily does so, very relucta ...more
Shannon Rochester
I have decided to make this book my last book from the 1001 Kids Book List... I have literally been working on it for about 10 years and it isn't even something I am enjoying anymore. Some of the books I can clearly see why they are on the list and some of them I don't understand at all. Some of them I flat out detested...but this was a fairly light hearted read to end my run with. All Emily wants to do is write stories but her family doesn't understand that and would really enjoy it if she stop ...more
Amy Dashwood
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my fourth or fifth re-read of my favorite of the Emily trilogy... *cough* I came at it with a more critical eye than when I first read it (at 11... which was 10 years ago... okay wow) and I concede that a great deal of Emily's personality is a Mary-Sue-ish wish fulfillment on L.M. Montgomery's part, and the romantic tension between her and Teddy seems a little contrived and unnecessary. But it's still a lovely book and maintains the level of dreamy whimsicality that one expects ...more
Marthabethan
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and loved it as a sequel to the first one! Emily really came into her own in this book and I truly love her character. She got into so many scrapes in this one and it was so wholesome and fun to read. I love LM Montgomery‘s writing style - it’s so captivating and beautiful. Her nature imagery is breathtaking and I can see elements of her in Emily’s character.

Parts of this book moved me to tears and I really enjoyed reading this book. Aunt Ruth was such an entertaining
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Rikke
I read the Emily-books for the first time when I was about 10 years old. And while I didn't understand them fully, I loved them dearly. I remember how my heart ached, whenever I had to return Emily to the library, and once I actually forced my father to photocopy some of the chapters in Emily's Quest, because I couldn't bear to part with them. For days, I slept with my favorite chapters under my pillow – which now seems strangely similar to something Emily would do.

Emily always seemed so devasta
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Tiffany
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to read and write
I am so glad I found all my aunt's old L.M. Montgomery books in her closet at my grandfather's house. They date from 1920 to 1948, and they are some of my prized possessions, definitely my most treasured books. I have read them so many times, and will most likely again. Lucy Maud is my favourite writer in her style. She makes me want to write, I have to write, the way Emily does in this series, when I read her works. This is the second in the three Emily books, and while I liked the first one th ...more
Richard
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel is an excellent continuation of "Emily of New Moon", though it lacks the intense psychological depth of the previous volume. The characterization is quite good with Aunt Ruth stealing the show. There are excellent foreshadowings of plot developments to come in the final book of the series.

Modern readers might be put off by the occasional intrusions of the author (disguised as a "biographer"). Sometimes these interruptions to the narrative flow simply underline a point which could have
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CLM
I found the three Emily books, tattered hardcovers, in the discard pile in a library on Cape Cod when I was 13, and instantly adored them. It was not for about 15 years that they were reissued in paperback by Bantam, so were not widely known in the US at that point.

This one, which follows Emily through high school and adolescence, is fascinating in its glimpse of school and social life.
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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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