From childhood, I loved Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. When I was really little, I would watch the movie with my grandma and aunts, and I eventually grew old enough to actually read them. I don’t remember how many books in the series I actually got through, but it was several. Recently, I decided it was time to read them again. I found the audiobook as read by Rachel McAdams. May I just say that it was magical? I know I tend to rave about the readers of the books I listen to, but it’s not that I haven’t heard bad readers. I either don’t finish listening to those books, or I don’t review them. Ms. McAdams brought Anne and the world of Green Gables and Avonlea to life. Sidenote: she doesn’t read the sequel, Anne of Avonlea, but the reader that I found is great. I just tried to look up who the reader is, and the audiobook is no longer available. However, I have it saved on my phone, so I’ll see if I can find her name and get back to you.
The story of Anne with an E (the distinction is important) is that of a precocious eleven year old orphan who is adopted by an older brother and sister (in their late fifties) who live on Prince Edward Island. The book goes through her adventures in life until she is sixteen, when she graduates from college with her teaching degree and takes over the neighborhood school. The story takes place in the late 1870s through the early 1880s. Friends, it is charming. Ms. Montgomery’s words come to life on the page and give her readers a look through Anne’s eyes. Anne pushes through her heartbreaking past to imagine a world of her own creating, making real life a better place for all who are around her.
This is a book that all preteens and teenage girls should read. Really, everyone should read this. It is wholesome and sweet, and it pushes its readers to open their imaginations and be better for it.