Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
I absolutely love the movie and I have wanted to read this book for a while now, but I’ve been putting it off. But then I downloaded some Audiobook app on my phone and it was on there for free so I think you see where I’m going with this. I thought whoever read this book did a really good job at portraying the characters. It is obvious they have seen the movie because it was nearly spot on with the voices!
I really like this story, however Anne talks way too much. From the movies I knew she spoke a lot but listening to the book it’s just too much. Anne will say something and I’ll be waiting for someone to respond, but nope Anne keeps talking. To be honest it really bugged me how self-centred she was in that way. I know she is young and she feels the need to talk because she didn’t have anyone to talk to growing up, but after a few years you’d think it would have died down. But no.
So anyway, I think that if you like the movie (the 1985 version with Megan Follows because that’s the only one worth watching) you will most definitely like the book because it is exactly the same. I was a bit unsure of how I felt about that because I thought they would have changed a few things in the movie, but overall I still love the story and I still got the same feelings as I got while watching the movie (mostly anyway). It’s a yes from me.
I’m looking forward to reading/listening to the other books in the series. Particularly 3 and on as I’ve heard that’s where they start to differ from the movies and I’m excited J If you have read the series, let me know what you thought!
Book: 8.5/10 (my rating scale)
Format: Audiobook, 3h 8 m
Publisher: Librabox Recordings
Favourite Quote: That's the worst of growing up, and I'm beginning to realize it. The things you wanted so much when you were a child don't seem half so wonderful to you when you get them.
Recommend if you liked: I can't think of another book like Anne so... Anne of Green Gables Movie (1985)
Lucy's life was going as smoothly as any teenager's could. She was in the local swimming club, and loved it; she lived with her parents and her brother, Cam, in the small coastal town she'd known all her life. She had friends, she had goals - she had a life. Now Cam is dead, her parents might as well be - and Lucy can't bear to get back in the pool. All she has to look forward to now is a big pile of going-nowhere.
Drawn to Steffi, her wild ex-best-friend who reminds Lucy of her mysterious, unpredictable brother, and music-obsessed Evan, the new boy in town, Lucy starts asking questions. Why did Cam die? Was it an accident or suicide? But as Lucy hunts for answers she discovers much more than she expects. About Cam. About her family. About herself.
I thought that this was a really good story following a girl who has just lost her brother. I think the feelings in this book and the reality of living with this sort of grief was portrayed really well.
Going into this book I didn’t realise it was Australian until it started mentioning places that I had actually heard of and been to. Except if you are Australian and you have heard of the places mentioned in the book you might be a bit confused about where it’s set (as I was). After going back and forth between different places I thought it could be, I finally messaged the author who cleared it all up. So for those who are in the same boat as I was, Pieces of Sky is a fictional setting based around the Forster/Pacific Palms areas. Apart from the setting, I really liked the little bits of Australian life that was placed throughout the book. I just find it so amusing that some American will be reading page 110 and it says “’Well then you’re a good friend’ she smiles and offers me some Shapes” and they will be so confused.
The start of this book wasn’t very engaging for me. I found it to be a bit boring at some points and nothing was really happening. I also thought the whole text messages thing was very confusing. After finishing it I understand why it was done, but before it was all explained, I just felt like it added nothing to the story.It took me about a week to read it and I’m not sure if it was because I was in a reading slump or it was like that for everyone, but after about 100 pages it really started to pick up. This was also when it started to get more into the romance side of things which is what I’m all about really.
I saw some people comparing this to The Sky is Everywhere and I really think that is unfair because that book (in my opinion) was a terrible portrayal of grief (although I think I’m the only person who thinks so). There are similarities with both of the main characters dealing with the death of an older sibling, but the main difference is that the main character in TSiE becomes romantically involved with her dead sister’s boyfriend AND some random guy at the same time. Just no. I mean, I guess people all deal with grief in different ways, but I just didn’t like the way that book portrayed it.
I loved Evan and Lucy together, I thought their relationship was written very well and was very realistic. I also liked how they didn’t do the usual YA thing where they get together and then they break up over some superficial thing or over miscommunication until they realise they can’t live without each other etc. I also have to mention how much I loved Cook because he was hilarious! I would read a whole book about just Cook alone!
So you may have read that review and then glanced down at my rating and thought "woah that's a pretty high rating". The reason for the high rating was because I thoroughly enjoyed how realistic it was. They didn’t all magically get better. It was a beautifully written story about a family dealing with the grief of the death of their loved one. I liked how there was humour in there, and it showed Lucy coming out of her grief and starting to live life again. And even though there were parts I found boring, the overall message from the story is one that I think will sit with me for a while. And that's all I have to say about that.
Book: 7.5/10 (My rating scale)
Format: Paperback, 287 pages
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Favourite Quote: I can't find it at the moment but it was something about not letting your fear control how you live your life, I'll insert it here when I find it :)
Recommended for fans of: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (My review)
Retrieved from: A competition on Allen and Unwin's Facebook page (yay for winning books!)
*My review for The Sky is Everywhere can be found here
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
This was such a beautiful book! I’ve wanted to read it for a long while and it definitely did not disappoint. I thought it was going to be very sad, but it wasn’t at all. I mean it had its moments but it was just… beautiful. Im not sure of how else I can describe it really.
The start of the book was a little bit slow and boring at times, but about 70 pages in it began to get really good. This may or may not be when Max was introduced (I quite liked Max).
I really loved Paige, I thought she was very easy to relate to and I feel like I would do the exact same thing she did in the same situation. She really went through some character development, and I liked that it didn’t happen all at once like with some books.
The romance was slow building, and not instant which I really really liked as it was much more realistic. The constant little references to pop culture was really nice as well. I was speaking to a friend about this the other day, but when books have references to current situations or events, it just makes it seem more real.
All of the other characters were also really well developed. This was just a very well written book and I would most definitely recommend to anyone that is considering reading it. Now I shall go find everything Emery Lord has ever written, because damn she’s a good writer!
Max and Paige’s friendship was so sweet. I loved how they began as friends and had all their little inside jokes and stuff. It was just a very cute little romance. And you know at the beginning that it’s going to be Max that she ends up with, but the little journey they take to get there was slightly unpredictable which was really nice. And aw man that postcard thing at the end?!!? So cute I nearly cried!
Ugh and I loved when it came out that Max had knew the whole time about Aaron but he treated her normally anyway. It was such a nice moment!
Format: eBook, 293 pages
Favourite Quote: [Max on rereading books with sad endings] “The point is that we already know it doesn’t work out, but we reread them anyway, because the good stuff that comes before the ending is worth it” AMEN BROTHER!
For fans of: Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle
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