Anne of Green Gables is the ultimate novel for finding a place in the world. Anne Shirley, an unwanted orphan, asserts her place at the no-nonsense Cuthbert siblings’ home. She is not a boy, not practical and not quiet–the opposite of what the Cuthberts wanted to adopt. Somehow she fumbles herself through adoption, finding a best friend and schooling in a small, Prince Edward Island community.
Friendship, belonging, imagination are all strong themes found throughout this book. But it is Anne’s buoyant and romantic spirit that changes everything surrounding her, including the reader.
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless story continues with Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, and three more following Anne as an adult. All six are highly recommended.