By L.M. Montgomery
Brief Summary: Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert (sister and brother) are not exactly young, so when Matthew decides he would like to adopt an orphan boy to help him work the Green Gables farm, Marilla agrees. When Matthew goes to pick up said boy, however, a surprise is waiting for him in the form of a young, red-headed and extremely talkative Anne Shirley.
Kell’s Chatty Review: I recently saw a stage adaptation of this and I was having trouble remembering what scenes were taken from the book and which came from the (amazing) miniseries adaptation. So, I decided it was time for a reread and I fell in love all over again.
Anne: is just delightful in the truest sense of the word. The way she talks, her imagination and impulsive nature combine to create a girl who isn’t afraid to voice her opinions and try new things. She can get a bit uppity, but she really does have a heart of gold and it’s wonderful to join in her mad pursuits of life and kindred spirits.
Everyone: (myself included) loves the story of Anne and Gilbert – which isn’t a huge story in AoGG, if we’re being honest here. Really, though, all of Anne’s relationships are fantastic to watch form and grow as the book continues. The impact Anne has on the people around her and vice versa is incredibly evident and one of the many reasons AoGG is so beloved even though it is over 100 years old.
It’s nearly impossible: to read AoGG and not picture Megan Follows as Anne. The miniseries is so well done (with only a few minor deviations from the book) that if you have not watched it, I URGE you to. It’s on my list to rewatch it soon.
What I most wanted to do after reading this book: Watch the miniseries, of course.
Where this book came from: While I do own a plethora of AoGG’s (seriously), this was actually read as an ebook. I think it’s a Google Book version of it, so it was free.
For the record, things from the play assigned to either book or miniseries:
- Gilbert making his debut at the Sunday School Picnic: Miniseries
- Not having a big scene with the mouse in the pudding: Book
- Matthew’s heart attack caused by bank failure: Book
So, on the whole, the play I saw was much more faithful to the book. Although, I’m not sure why adaptations like to introduce Gil at the picnic. I think his introduction at school is WAY better than putting him at a picnic. But, you know, could be me.
Also: It goes without saying that this is another book by Lucy Maud where the MC doesn’t have any parents.