Summary: Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert meant to adopt a boy to help on their farm. But when Matthew gets to the train station, he finds a girl waiting—a girl who talks all the way home about scope for the imagination and names the trees and gushes about how she has always wanted a real family. Matthew likes the girl, but he will need to convince the practical Marilla that their house needs a girl to brighten it up more than it needs a boy to plow the fields.
Review: Anne of Green Gables is a heartwarming book that bears numerous rereadings. Anne’s spunkiness, vivid imagination, and desire to simply be loved make her a fresh and likeable character each time readers meet her—and every time they will want to adopt her themselves as their bosom friend. Her knack for naming things and her fierce loyalty make her the perfect companion for any situation.
The other characters are equally as wonderful, starting with the shy Matthew Cuthbert who always seems to know what Anne needs and likes to listen to her talk. He and Anne match perfectly through all their differences. And Marilla, though seemingly stern and always taking pains to be practical and proper, has an equally warm heart that cannot help but shine through. They form an unusual but perfect family.
And Anne’s antics and their reactions are absolutely hilarious. The fun starts on the ride home from the train station, with Anne asking ridiculous questions and Matthew completely perplexed and giving strangely straightforward answers. When Anne stops saying funny things, she starts doing them. Almost every chapter seems to have Anne in a new scrape. Watching her grow up into an elegant young lady will make readers just as proud as Matthew and Marilla, but it is good to know that no matter how old Anne gets through the following books, crazy things tend to happen to her.
L. M. Montgomery is a naturally charming writer with her wonderful characters and beautiful descriptions of Prince Edward Island, and Anne of Green Gables is one of her most charming books. It is no wonder that generations readers have fallen in love with the book and the girl (and often with the handsome Gilbert Blythe!).