Oh Anne, sweet, wonderful, weird Anne. How I’ve enjoyed spending time with you and your adventures.
This book was a delightful read and Anne is ninety percent why. Upon learning that she was an orphan who had been adopted into a family, I feared that Anne going to be the poor girl stereotype with a Cinderella complex, but she had proved me wrong big time. Anne Shirley is far from perfect. A red-head with a bad temper, Anne makes plenty of mistakes; she defies instructions, daydreams so much she burns the pies for dinner, and values her pride maybe a little too much. But despite all that, Anne is extremely intelligent, has a wonderful imagination (even though sometimes it works to her disadvantage), and sees the world in a beautiful way. I loved Anne because she is truly unapologetically herself.
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things when you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
My other two favorites were Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert, both of whom so different in personality it’s hard to believe that they are siblings. Marilla with her strict appearance but big heart, and Mathew with his soft-spoken words and his care for Anne ever since he met her. As the story progressed, however, I found that perhaps Mathew and Marilla weren’t as different as I had deemed them to be.
The only grievance I had with the book was the style that it was written in; not the big words that Anne used nor the way she spoke, but the number of adverbs, in particular, the one that began with: Mathew said quietly/softly/some other variation. This is the same problem I had with the Harry Potter series, but Anne made me happy, and emotions felt are so much better than pretty words.
I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age; it’s probably for you.