From my perspective, Anne of Avonlea is a little trampled down by the more popular Anne of Green Gables or Rilla of Ingleside. It's not the same, and I can understand how it might be a let-down after the nearly impeccable Anne of Green Gables, but this book... I love it.
Goodreads Synopsis: At sixteen, Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job as the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else's romance, finds two new orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone.
Clearly, Anne has changed. By this point in her life, she doesn't fling out five-syllable words in every sentence or break slates over peoples' heads. The change hurts, but we shouldn't expect Anne to act like a twelve-year old her whole life. Personally, I really enjoyed watching her mature and act "grown up" while retaining her classic Anne-charm. :)
And, I loved the other characters: Davey, Marilla, Anthony Pye, Gilbert, Ms. Lavender, Charlotta the 4th, etc.
LMM's books often lack a plot that drives throughout the whole story. I don't mind this style, because each chapter's incident keeps me interested to finish it, but I know some people struggle to stay engaged.
Well-crafted, but easy to read.
This is a new category! I added it because a book can have good characterization, a tight plot, and beautiful writing, and I can still dislike it.
Anyways, Anne of Avonlea nearly lives up to the achievement of AoGG in entertainment. Very sweet and funny.
So yes: I love this book muchly.
Rating: 5 stars
Have you read Anne of Avonlea and what did you think?
(I read this for Lois's Re-Reading Challenge)