Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Anne of Avonlea

Another trip to Prince Edward Island, another book in the Anne of Green Gables series read. I loved Anne of Avonlea. Anne is more grown up, though only 16 at the start of the novel. She, Gilbert Blythe, and two other friends have returned from Redmond College to take up teaching positions. Anne and Gilbert teach their students and along with their friends Diana and Fred, form the Avonlea Village Improvement Society. 

Anne and Diana’s friendship grows and matures, as they do. Anne is very much treated as an adult, she teaches, and she helps Marilla raise children. Talk of marriage surrounds her. It’s a bit strange to me, as by the end of the story, she is just 17. It seems like she has a lot of responsibility at her age, though admittedly, it was a different time then. There are also different opinions on whether Anne needs more schooling. Some residents of Avonlea Village say, no. Though she wants to go back to school, Anne loves teaching. Her students love her. She loves them. She takes her work very seriously, feeling deeply for each pupil. Were people really so mature as teenagers at the beginning of the last century?

Though I fully enjoyed the story, watching Anne and the residents of Avonlea grow, I wish there was a bit more plot. Anne of Avonlea seems to be a snippet of Anne’s life for the two years between Anne of Green Gables and Anne of the Island. A lot of exciting, surprising, interesting things happen, but I didn’t really feel a thread that held them all together. In a weird way, it makes me want to read Anne of the Island more. With how this book ends, there is so much bound to happen in the next one.


  1. Teenagers as we know them didn't exist back then -- there was a biological adolescence, sure, but most kids had responsibilities early on. Even later in the century, during the world wars, teenagers assumed adult responsibilities early. Submarine captains were considered "old" if they approached thirty! Teenage-dom as we know it seems to have arrived in the fifties..

    But returning to the original topic, the first book was brilliant. I haven't read more in the series but definitely want to.

  2. Just wanted to drop a line that your review here prompted me to read the second book in the series! Thanks. :)

    1. So glad you’re reading the second book. I’ve got the third and fourth books on my shelf. I never made it past the third as a kid, but I’m definitely going to finish the whole series.