Title: Anne Of The Island
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Release Date: July, 1915
Publisher: Bantam Books
Genre: Children’s Literature, Young Adult Contemporary
New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With her old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and her frivolous new friend Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises . . . including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide whether she’s ready for love.
So my ship that I already knew would sail has sailed but let me begin my attempt at being critical.
I’m a big fan of L. M. Montgomery’s writing style. I would describe it as well balanced blend of “flowery” writing and “idiomatic”. Her writing also comes off as somewhat conversational at times which I was a big fan. I think my favourite part though was the dry humour. She wrote the humour in a way that while she was telling us purely factual statements there was either a bit of sarcasm and wit which sometimes made it feel like she was including you in an inside joke.
There were characters in this book that could possibly be unlike characters, they basically are unlike characters, but we (I) like them anyway. All the characters in this book had different personalities and gave us different reasons to like them.
There was an overarching plot in this novel, each chapters or sometimes two chapters comes off as a short story. While each chapter is essentially it’s own story, the book doesn’t come off as disjointed it actually flows quite nicely. Each chapter / short story acts as a building block that creates the full story once the book is finished.
I really enjoyed seeing characters who I’ve know since the first book, mature and move further with their lives and I also enjoyed learning about these newly introduced characters.
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That’s All I Got,Danielle.