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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables Series #1)

Anne of Green Gables  - L.M. Montgomery This book is absolutely charming. I knew other people said it was charming and sweet but I thought I was stronger than them. I should be able to restrain myself from falling for Anne! That didn’t work.I was surprised by how much I was charmed by Anne because in theory I shouldn’t have liked the book. First of all, it’s a ‘classic’ book which I still struggle with reading. I’m getting better at it but classics are difficult for me to get through. Secondly, Anne of Green Gables is what I call a “plot-less story” (or I guess you could call it more of a coming of age story?). It just takes you from point A to point B. I’m a huge plot girl so not having a defined plot usually annoys me to no end. Thirdly, Anne is so radically different than me. I was sure she was going to annoy me to no end. She can and will talk your head off while I’m much more content to listen to you talk. Despite all that I still managed to fall for the book and her.Is it possible for someone to read this book and not like Anne? She is too cute. I loved how dramatic she was. She was completely over the top but it worked for her. I know people like that so I could see Anne come to life. Yes, she talked a lot and I do mean a LOT but it helped develop her character. I really got to know her and how her life has been. She soon felt like an old friend.Like I said, there’s not much of a plot but it worked for the story. You can take a break from your busy life (and reading life) to take a step back into a quieter and simpler time. It was nice to go at a slower speed. I was a bit surprised that the book was able to make me a bit nostalgic for a time and place I’ve never been. I wanted to go with Anne to school and walk over to Diana’s. I actually liked that each chapter was a bit like a short story. That made picking up the book whenever I could much easier. I really enjoyed the ‘stories’ of her getting Diana drunk and Anne dyeing her hair green!I really should have read this book as a kid. I once was a skinny little girl with red hair and freckles like Anne and I remember hating it. Young me and Anne would have a lot to talk about. It’s hilarious to read as an adult because I’ve grown to love it.The bottom line? It’s an incredibly charming book. I’m so glad that I got to read it! I hope you decide to read it if you haven’t already.For more reviews check out: The Cheap Reader