Anne of Green Gables
By L.M. Montgomery
Why this book?
What I have always loved about Anne Shirley is that she shows that femininity does not necessarily equal meekness, that a girl can love pretty things and pretty occasions and even wish she were prettier herself, and yet have spunk, grit, and ambition. I’ve connected with Anne on a personal level in the way she didn’t just want to do well in school, she wanted to be the best—and to show that she was just as smart (and smarter) than the boys in her class. The way she matures through the series is marvelous, but for the boy in your life looking for a funny protagonist who gets into trouble but has a good heart, it’s hard to beat Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables.
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