Thursday, February 27, 2014

Emily Climbs // Book Review

Emily Climbs
L.M. Montgomery

Emily Starr wants to be a writer more than anything else in the world. Going away to school in the neighboring town of Shrewsbury is the perfect way to climb toward her goal. But Shrewsbury means leaving the comfortable old New Moon farmhouse and living with unsmiling Aunt Ruth. Can it ever be a place where Emily will truly begin her promising career and where her special, shining beauty will touch a young man's heart?

I enjoyed this book, although it is hard to put Emily on the same beloved level as Anne-Girl. Emily was loveable, interesting and fun, and when you add Ilse into the mix, their scrapes, adventures and "loving" fights become humorous and lovely. 

One issue I have with L.M Mongtomery is her extremely "flowerly" descriptions. Anne-girl didn't go too far with her "nonsense," but Emily seemed to take it much further. Anne could be practical, and semi normal. But I noticed in the entire Emily series everything was "fluffed up." Meaning that when Ms. Montgomery could have written a perfectly lovely normal sentence, she chose to add as many adjectives and flowery descriptions as humanly possible. While that can be pretty and poetic, it does get annoying at times. 

The story was interesting, and the characters just plain fun! Who could help writing in little Jimmy-books when you have such vivid people all around you. :)

I would heartily recommend this book to those in search of a enjoyable, amusing read.

my rating: * * * * * * * {seven of ten stars}


  1. I have never read the book series but I adore the Emily of New Moon TV series. I would love to read it some day. :) And Ilsa is indeed one of my favorite characters! Have you ever seen the TV series?


  2. I did like this one a lot, that I remember! It was the third in the series, Emily's Quest, that just seemed a lot more dreary. Altogether, I really don't like Emily as much as Anne. If I remember correctly, Emily almost seems to become hardhearted, especially about God. That could just be attributed to L.M. Montgomery though--even though she married a minister, I don't know if she was an actual Christian--or if she even believed in God.

    walking in the air.

  3. I have never read the Emily books, but have been wanting to for a long time already. I have read the Anne series more times than I can count.



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