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  1. Very intriguing review, Amy! I haven’t read any Emily books, but I see what you mean about there being plenty here to keep adult readers interested.I will have to meet Emily this year.

  2. “She calls Emily a ”puling, sniveling chit” and a “proud, stuck-up, conceited, top-lofty biped” (118) when they have their first fight, and you’ve got to love a girl with an arsenal equipped with words like that. ;-)” – LOL!!!

    You’re right – Montgomery does do a lot of setting up in her first books. You just know something is going to happen.

    And I think you are also right that Montgomery is not really for children (or, perhaps JUST for children) because of all the adult emotions involved.

    You made me want to re-read Emily …although at present she’s probably my least favorite of the characters.

  3. I only skimmed bc I haven’t read Emily yet. The 30 year old does sound a bit creepy!

    Though these can be enjoyed by children, I don’t consider them children’s books despite where the library shelves them. 🙂 I’ve only introduced Anne to my 6 yo through the movies and a picture book, but she knows it’s a book for when she’s older.

  4. Now you got me wanting to re-read Emily. I do agree with your observation that her books are more for adult’s than children, though I think you can start reading them when your younger and enjoy them into adulthood since they have so many layers.

    I was in a bookstore one time and this lady was bragging on how her 5 year old had already read Anne of Green Gables. I felt sorry for the little girl since she probably missed so much from the story that she couldn’t understand and who knew if she would ever re-read it.

    My daughter first listened to the audio when she was 11 and also listened to it again this time around. I think she got more out of it this time, but she enjoyed it both times.

  5. I almost mentioned Dean Priest, too — I don’t know why I didn’t. But I found all of that rather creepy as well. For a guy in his thirties to look at a girl in her preteens and start thinking ahead…well, I guess that is done in other cultures, but it makes me shudder.

    I wasn’t sure for a long while if I liked her as well as Anne, though she is probably more realistic than Anne. But some of the rough spots evened out in the end and I imagine will develop even more in the next books. I had hoped to read those, too, but just didn’t get to them.

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