Before Green Gables

Before Green Gables

by Budge Wilson
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Before Green Gables 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Anne Shirley, a beloved character recognized worldwide for the past one hundred years, returns in this fantastic prequel.

Centered around Anne's life prior to her arrival in Avonlea, this book answers the questions of how the little red-headed orphan came to be herself.

Anne - with an e - had quite an upbringing in those early years, orphaned at three months of age and bounced around from home to home as free, live-in labor. So, how did she get that exquisite vocabulary and her love of all things beautiful? We thought it would always be a mystery, and so it may have been if not for Budge Wilson.

An award-winning Canadian author of many books for children and young adults, Wilson seems to have been the perfect choice to tell this tale. She managed to create a realistic backdrop using the many resources available about Anne's life, chiefly the eight books in L.M. Montgomery's renowned series, along with input from literary experts and historians.

It's hard to give oneself over to an Anne book not penned by Montgomery herself, but since Wilson has a unique and strong voice in her own right, and since most fans are eager for anything Anne-related, it doesn't take long to fall in love all over again with the perky little girl who has a ferocious appetite for life. I laughed, I cried, and I closed this book with a sense of satisfaction I haven't felt in a long time.

I can't help but feel that Budge Wilson is a kindred spirit.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued of the idea that a prequel had actually been written to the Anne of Green Gables series. And I was not let down. In reading this book, you'll discover what one writer's thoughts of who Anne Shirley was before she arrived at Green Gables. I think Budge Wilson did a Superb job in writing a sound & wholesome story. She included many details that linked to the Anne of Green Gables books. Alert readers will catch on, and have appreciation for what those fine points mean. Of course, the deeply descriptive style of the original L.M. Montgomery has been neglected, but for the sake of the book, it was well worth it. Anne's spunky, hopeful, and in-the-depths-of-despair character still feels the same. The story begins before Anne is even born, so you will get to know her parents first. You'll be taken through the entire journey Anne experiences... through all her difficult work, her playful dreams that leave a smile on your face, and through both the dazzling and the tough times of her young childhood. I would recommend this book to any other readers who have a substantial understanding of Anne's charming ways. I have to say that you cannot fully enjoy this story unless you know who the real Anne Shirley is. It takes Anne eleven long years to arrive at her destination... and what a fantastic eleven years that was.
Cat_Rentpayer More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Anne fan and not only have I read all of the books, I own all of them, including an addition of Anne of Avonlea in French. So I was excited to read this book, but I was hugely disappointed after doing so. I can pretty much some up my feelings in with one sentence (maybe 2). If L.M. Montgomery had written this book as the first Anne book in the series, the rest of the series would never have been published and therefore never read and loved by generations of readers. That's how bad the story is. It's depressing and it makes me wonder why Anne didn't drown herself before she ever made it to the orphan assylum. Seriously. It's not a realistic prequel b/c the Anne of that book could never be the Anne from the the Green Gables and beyond books. They are 2 different characters, in my opinion. Readers be warned!
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I have always loved the Anne of Green Gables book but did wonder about her early years. This book answered all my questions about her and the formative years. Budge Wilson wrote this story as as if guided by L.M. Montgomery! It is a must read! It is insightful, absorbing and very emotional! It is the Anne Shirley that we all have loved...spunky, high-spirited and sweet. Sometimes I had to put the book down as I was crying and couldn't see the words. It explained so much about how her character came to be and her strong will and determination! This book is highly recommened. I will be surprised if it doesn't become a classic to be filed with the other Anne book!
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Finally the before story we've all been waiting for!
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This book was okay. I suppose I was disappointed because I LOVE L.M. Montgomery books, and obviously, this book was not written by her. But I think a person could enjoy this book if the person in question keeps in mind the fact that it is NOT written by L.M. Montgomery.