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Change is always scary and sad. Once you get used to a particular change, there will be a new one. I dislike change and would like life to go on as it is now forever. But reading the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery has changed my mind a little. Maybe change is not always bad? I will leave that for you to find out.

The series follow spirited, imaginative, hot-tempered, headstrong, red-haired (please do not judge her based on this) Anne, from the day she arrives at Green Gables to her life as a mother of six children. Anne Shirley, an orphan, is brought to Green Gables by the Cuthberts, but she realizes that they do not want her. They want a boy to help them in the fields, and a girl would be of no use. Anne is bitterly disappointed for she had been so happy to come to the lovely, cozy farmhouse and excited about the prospect of a nice, loving home. As a reader, I had gotten acquainted with Anne in the past chapter, and I felt so sorry for her at this point. Fortunately, after a surprising turn of events, Anne stays on at Green Gables to be brought up by the crisp, stern, and practical Marilla and the kind and shy Matthew.

The first two books portray her childhood, the third one is of her in college, and the last ones are of her as a young mother and wife. Her scrapes, adventures, stories, “kindred spirits,” and “bosom friends” all make these books friendly.

One of the many reasons I like the books is that Anne seems to be as weary of change as me, and the way she gets over them make me feel better about what lies ahead of me too. I feel like anyone of my age should actually try the books. It is certainly worth it!

Another reason I like it is because I see myself in those pages, and I am sure you would too.

My favorite book of the series is the first one because as Anne often says herself “there is a scope for imagination.” I feel I too can share Anne’s whims, fantasies, and flights of imagination in the first book. In the other books I felt that this was not possible.

Another reason I did not like the later books is because that it seemed pretty tame compared to the first book.

On the whole, however, the books are awesome, and I recommend them wholeheartedly for absolutely everyone!!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Puffin Books, 2014. Buy the book here and help support Stone Soup in the process!

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