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Emily's Quest by L.M. Montgomery
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Read 2 times. Last read May 17, 2019.

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 -- people who dismiss L.M. Montgomery as a flowery girl's writer have never read the Emily books (or are idiots). When she finally achieves hard-won and often bittersweet success (in life, in work, in love), you are soaring with her.

Montgomery's work is constantly under-estimated, and the way the books are marketed doesn't help (the flowery script, the swoony illustrations). There are many layers at work in her stories, and some pioneering feminist concepts tucked in between the deep appreciation of nature, the commentary on the stuffy contemporary society of her day, and the delightful, well-drawn characters.
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May 23, 2007 – Shelved
May 17, 2019 – Started Reading
May 17, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Elinor  Loredan I'm likewise always annoyed that LMM's books are classified as 'children's fiction' when they have such depth that adults can get as much out of them, perhaps even more than children. Besides their depth, they generally offer so much hope and goodness, which today's literature is in sore need of. Her books are for all ages, far more than pretty little illusions.

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Caroline I am so glad that there is still someone out there who believes the same!!! Very well said, I really hope that this is going to change!

Belén Torres I love Montgomery's books. I think this series are much more serious and mature than the Anne series. I can relate to how Emily feels, specially when she feels unsure about the future. It doesn't matter how much time has passed since these books have been written, I think we can still relate to these characters.

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Alicia This is an amazingly written review, and I’m glad to hear that so many more people disagree with how Maud’s books are being represented by their covers!

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