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Anne of Greenville

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I will never not love an Anne of Green Gables retelling, and this one recreated the whimsy of the original book perfectly.

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This was such an imaginative, fresh Anne of Green Gables retelling—fun, intersectional, and swoony. A delight!

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I requested this for consideration for Book Riot's All the Books podcast for its release date. After sampling several books out this week, I decided to go with a different book for my review.

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I love retellings! It's always so fun to see what elements they take from the original and how they weave them throughout. This one was a fun and fast read. It can either be a great way to introduce Anne or it could give the original fun feels and be like a return to home.

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This was a cute book that used adjacent character names to many Anne of Green Gable characters and the main was even named Anne Shirley, but other than that there was little in common with the L.M. Montgomery series. Anne and her mothers move to a small, conservative town where Anne, who has been supported and validated in her otherness, finds the local commitment to the status quo stifling. This story is about her and her mothers learning how to navigate the cultural hegemony of the community and still remain authentic.

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"Anne of Greenville" by Mariko Tamaki is a powerful and resonant young adult novel that explores themes of identity, self-discovery, and the journey to embracing one's true self. Tamaki's storytelling expertise shines as she crafts a tale of courage, friendship, and the complexities of navigating a world that may not always understand or accept who you are. The book's relatable characters and heartfelt plot create an immersive reading experience that resonates with LGBTQIAP+ teens and young adults. Tamaki skillfully delves into the emotions of coming out, self-acceptance, and the importance of finding a supportive community, adding depth to the narrative. "Anne of Greenville" is an empowering reminder that authenticity and love are worth fighting for, leaving readers with a sense of empowerment and a warm appreciation for stories that celebrate the diverse experiences and journeys of LGBTQIAP+.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me free access to the digital advanced copy of this book.

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[ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review]

I need to stop getting suckered in by characters in roller skates on the cover. The books never deliver the way I want them to.

I felt for Anne when the entire town decided to hate her with racism and homophobia. Her anger is completely justified at those around her and her defiance to stay true to herself is admirable. Her quirkiness is charming, but at a certain point, I just needed more for her to feel like a solid character.

I can understand how this modern day reimagining of Anne of Green Gables would work in theory. It just doesn’t really hit the mark. I’m having a hard to writing a review because I found this forgettable as soon as I finished reading it, which is such a disappointment to me.

3 stars.

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Reading this book revealed to me just how much I love Anne of Green Gables. Although it should have been obvious, I did not realize that this book is a retelling. I loved all of the allusions, many of which kept me engaged throughout the story to see when the next allusion would come. Anne is definitely an in your face character in a totally different yet almost the same way as the original Anne. Several of the scenarios do require serious suspension of disbelief, almost too much, but my love of the original helped tremendously.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite classic children's books, so I was really excited when I found out about this book. I am also still so upset that Netflix cancelled Anne with an E and I have been looking for more Anne of Green Gables content ever since.

I was able to read this book in one sitting because once you start this book you will not want to stop. Anne is such a charming character, and she is also an amazing protagonist. I love how to author was able to add such a modern spin to an amazing classic. I also loved the diverse cast of characters.

Overall, this is an amazing book and I highly recommend it!

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I love Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Greenville is a fun twist on the Anne that we all know and love. I knew I would fall in love with her when I realized she was a hardcore ABBA fan, just like me! I like how Mariko Tamaki diversified the characters and added some hard hitting topics like racism and homophobia in the story. I found myself having to separate the old Anne from this new Anne. Overall, this was an enjoyable retelling although it was a bit too short. I definitely wanted more! Thank you Disney Publishing Worldwide for the advanced copy!

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This is such a fun twist on the classic Anne of Green Gables. I loved her quirky hobbies and interests and was fully invested in the plot from the very first chapter.

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The most unique retelling I have ever read! Anne of Green Gables is a beloved classic, and I was so excited to read this retelling. Mariko Tamaki has transformed Anne for the twenty-first century without loosing any of the characters charm. Anne is a strong female protagonist, who stand up for what she believes in, is a great friend and fiercely loyal. Anne of Greenville is still a quirky, unique, and loveable girl add Abba obsessed, and a love for all things vintage and roller blading and you have a protagonist who will capture the heart of readers. A fun read with serious and important themes. Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide Melissa De La Cruz Studio for this ARC.

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This is a title that feels very difficult to review for a few reasons. One, I am not super familiar with the source material, Anne of Green Gables. Two, it covers a lot of tough things that are hard to read about. In this retelling, Anne is half-Japanese, with two moms and is queer herself. They move to small town Greenville. where they immediately experience intense homophobia and racism from the locals. Like the original, Anne meets some nice townspeople along the way, like Berry, her new best friend. There's also Gilly, who is friends with the bullies, and often complicit in their bullying. Its a complicated dynamic, and its tough to know Anne has a crush on her. It makes Anne seem incredibly naive, and ruins a beloved dynamic from the originals. I dug where the romance ended up, and I think Gilly had a good arc, but the road there was bumpy to say the least.

My other issue with this book, that I can not believe I haven't seen other reviewers mention, is Anne's parents. One of her mom's takes a job as the vice-principal and immediately begins ignoring Anne's needs. When Anne takes extreme efforts to blend in to make her mom's life easier, it is never discouraged. What kind of mother lets a kid completely erase who they are? The climatic fight between them all is uncomfortable and, quite frankly, rage-inducing. It seems like they have a complete lack of faith in their own kid.

This does have a happy, neat ending.. And that's fine, except the book is too short. This book is filled with intense homophobia and racism until around page 263 (the book is 294 pages). After everything, the bullies barely face any repercussions. Queer and BIPOC readers are forced to feel uncomfortable throughout, without ever experiencing any real satisfaction. The intense discomfort I felt was not worth subpar ending.

Despite all this, I didn't hate the book. Anne is, as always, incredibly easy to root for. The queer twist on this story has been a long time coming, and fans should appreciate that. I loved that theatre becomes a safe space for the misfits, because that's always what it was for me. And I loved the quirky characters Anne met, even if none of them had enough page time. I'm giving this three stars, and will recommend it for our library, but will make sure readers really heed the trigger warning in the front of the book.

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As a lover of all things Anne of Green Gables, I enjoyed this retelling very much. Diversifying the cast was a good move on Tamaki's part. It makes the whole story more relatable to a modern audience. There were a few changes to the story that made me miss the original, but that's just the part of me that occasionally clings to beloved stories!

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I love this modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables. Most of the main points are included: Spunky Anne and her shenanigans, adopted parents, a support best friend and the rival, I love all the allusions to the original characters subtly crafted in their names, but I love the modern relationships and teenage scenarios.

This story opens with Anne roller skating into her new small town and throwing a disco themed performance in the middle of the main square. No one is impressed by her antics and her homemade disco balls wind up a little soggy. The only silver lining is that she makes one friend: Berry.

As Anne tries to navigate an increasing homophobic and racist school, she relies more and more on her friendship with Berry, her roller skates and love of disco to cope. But can Anne survive the hatred, personal attacks and bullying without fighting back? And when she does stand her ground, will anyone be on her side?

I love the social commentary woven into this novel. And it's rare when a book motivates me to want to do something new or try something out, but this book made me splurge on roller skates - so now I need to revisit my childhood of skating days!

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I very much enjoyed reading Anne of Greenville by #marikotamaki
It was an enjoyable retelling of Anne Of Green Gables, but not so much so that you knew every step of the way exactly what would happen.
Sometimes, I’d see a character’s name and think yep… and then a few chapters later be like nope!
I loved the way Anne was who she was, but that didn’t mean it was easy. She had her moments where being true to herself meant getting knocked down. She tried to avoid getting knocked down, but couldn’t maintain not being true to herself!
Read it!!!

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A very quick read. Lots of familiar AoGG themes and loads of LGBTQIA representation. It was a quirky, silly, easy read with a main character who is extremely independent.

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Anne is a queer, Japanese-American teen girl who was adopted by two lesbian mothers. She's got her own quirky disco loving style that is totally her and is trying to figure out who to be true to herself and still fit in at her school. Although this book is full of nods to the original, you don't have to have read any of the Anne of Green Gables series to enjoy this story. Anne is a biracial girl at a new town seemingly set on snuffing out her light. Beautiful story!

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To be entirely honest, I did not finish this book. I got through more than half of it, but really never found connection in the characters or in the story. This is in part my own fault has I have no previous connection with Anne of Green Gables, so the references got lost on me. The story felt pretty predictable as Anne is a stand-out girl in a conservative town, who find a supportive friend also considered an "other" in the town. Anne's mothers are supportive, while still allowing her to find her own way. She is badly bullied for her flamboyance, which her peers correlate to her sexual orientation. The story was following an expected path, and I would assume the story would end happily. The writing was enjoyable, and the story was fun. I imagine this would be a fun read for those familiar with Anne of Green Gables.

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