1. Review by Ezann Kuai
Delightfully satisfying, Anne of Green Gables is a heartwarming feel-good book.
We follow the journey of an orphan, Anne Shirley, as she is raised by the Cuthberts. Her fierce love for the world and life is sure to charm you, just as she has captivated the people in town. Although she makes mistakes, she tries her best to improve, becoming the lovable character that she is. Witnessing her mature into a better person (while getting up to a lot of mischief on the way) was gratifying. It is evident her childhood before Green Gables shaped her insecurities, and it made her subsequent development in overcoming these shortcomings ever the more impactful.
The Cuthberts were just as compelling to read. Marilla is Anne's prominent parental figure, and her internal debates on how strict to be grounds us in the challenges of raising a child. Her growth in loving Anne is also awfully moving. Matthew’s antics cracked me up, with him showing his love for Anne in his little quirky ways.
Additionally, L. M. Montgomery’s penchant for writing is apparent. The descriptions of Avonlea are simply beautiful and truly bring the town to life. It serves as the cherry on top, elevating the story further, making Anne of Green Gables a book that I would recommend everyone to read.
2. Review by Elena Juarez
Hope and Love can most often be found in fictionalized worlds such as this gem. Anne of Green Gables written by L.M. Montgomery is a well-known classic story of a young girl, Anne, whose world opens up when she is adopted into the Cuthbert household. The story follows Anne throughout the years as she faces the struggles of a world that has not yet caught up to her ambitiously modern mind. The novel brings excellence to the classics as it explores complex characters, classic themes, and a simple yet effective plot.
Anne of Green Gables brings forth a plot that some might call too simplistic; however, the simplicity allows an untrained eye to connect these plot points to their lives. The strongest plot points occur at the very beginning and at the very end of the novel. Anne becoming adopted by the Cuthberts is the strongest plot point as Montgomery firmly establishes what the novel is about, family. Various events throughout the book confirm this fact, but the second strongest plot point does not occur until the final pages. Matthew’s death shakes the world of Anne, understandably so, as it is something that has not occurred to her before due to her lack of family.
It is an event that every single reader can relate to as it is part of the human experience to feel a great loss. Readers will be able to relate to the grief portrayed by both Anne and Marilla as the former showcases numbness while the latter showcases depression and finally both demonstrate acceptance.
Another strong aspect of the novel occurs in the arc of its characters, specifically Anne. Anne’s arc revolves around maturity. Anne begins the novel as a child full of goals and viewpoints that an older reader may seem unworthy of pursuing. Constantly called out for her vanity and her out-there imagination, Anne looks at the world through the eyes of a child despite the hardships she has gone through. Montgomery slowly evolves her character so that it feels natural as Anne placates her childhood tendencies and begins to focus on the very real world around her. A world that is changing quickly yet slowly. Green Gables, for Anne, becomes that place of calmness in her otherwise fast-moving world that she finds at Queens. By the end of the novel, the reader can see through Anne’s actions that she has matured and grown into a young woman who accepts & loves herself and the world around her as she hadn’t before.
The theme of Family is a large contribution to the novel’s richness and heartfelt storyline. As the story progresses, Montgomery ensures that the theme is constantly reinforced through Anne’s relationship with various characters such as Diana, Matthew & Marilla, and Mrs. Allan. Because of Anne’s past of not having biological family members to connect with, she develops a different way of determining family. Anyone who is a kindred spirit is considered family. The theme of chosen family is therefore strongly developed simply due to plot points and the character’s own actions. The theme allows for the story to be relatable to readers and gives them hope for their own lives.
Anne of Green Gables written by L.M. Montgomery is considered a classic for good reason. It is filled with wondrous imagery, characters, storylines, and nostalgia as we all relive our childhood and the struggles we face maturing. It is recommended to every soul out there, even the ones who prefer a faster-paced action-packed novel. Regret won’t come to anyone who gives it their time of day and the novel is sure to become anyone’s kindred spirit.