You may find in hard to believe, but I read the beloved classic Anne of Green Gables for this first time this month as part of the Anne of Green Gables Read Along hosted by Jane @Greenish Bookshelf & Jackie @Death By Tsundoku.
Now, I don’t typically do traditional reviews for the classics. Why? Because nothing I would be able to write would do them the justice they deserve. Therefore, in lieu of a traditional review, I am going to give you a few reasons why you should read Anne of Green Gables (if you haven’t already) and share an aesthetic I put together that I feel represents the “essence” of the book.
• 5 Reasons Why You Should Read Anne of Green Gables •
» Its a “feel good story”
You know those books that are heartwarming and just make you feel good inside? Anne of Green Gables is one of those books. If you enjoyed “feel good classics” like Little Women & Heidi then I would highly recommend this book to you! Anne of Green Gables has wonderful themes throughout like friendship, the power of imagination, growing up, forgiveness, nontraditional families, hard work pays off, learning from your mistakes, and living life to it’s fullest.
» You will be transported to Green Gables
The descriptions of Avonlea & Green Gables are so lush and vivid, you will fall in love with the setting. I’ve never had Canada on my radar to visit (no offense to my Canadian friends) but now L.M. Montgomery has put Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) on my bucket list of places to visit one day!
» It’s an underdog story
Anne is an orphan that has had a rough go of it. Ever since her parents died when she was an infant. She’s been shifted from different “foster homes” before finally winding up in an asylum. Who wouldn’t root for Anne to find her forever home? You will feel personally invested in the outcome of her journey.
» Budding romance?
I am typically not a fan of the “hate to love trope,” but this would be one of the few instances where it works. Actually, I’ve never wanted it to happen as much as I want it to with Anne & Gilbert. With his boyish good looks, intelligence and charm, I have a feeling that Gilbert was used to having the affections of every young girl in Avonlea. That was until Anne came to town. Little did he know the rivalry it would create when he pulled on Anne’s braid and called her “carrots.” Poor Gilbert spends the majority of the book trying to get back into Anne’s good graces to no avail. I loved their competitiveness with each other. I won’t spoil anything, but Gilbert does something for Anne towards the end of the book that melted my heart. I cannot wait to see if their new found friendship will ever develop into something more.
» You will fall in love with Anne (with an “e”)
I dare you to read AoGG and NOT fall in love with Anne (with an “e”). I loved everything about her: her inquisitiveness, her imaginations, her heart of gold, and her passion for life. I could go on and on. Anne is not perfect though, she has many flaws, which just made her feel that much more real.
• My Anne of Green Gables Aesthetic •
*I take no credit for taking any of these pictures, only arranging them into a collogue to create this aesthetic.
Have you read Anne of Green Gables?
Why do you think people should read this beloved classic?
Do you agree or disagree with my aesthetic?
Comment below and let me know 🙂