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From School Library Journal
In this modern adaptation of the beloved Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, the red-haired heroine from Nova Scotia has been updated to a curly haired Mexican American teen from East Los Angeles. Fitted with a similar, tragic backstory, Ana has a penchant for getting into scrapes, and her hard-won resilience echoes her predecessor's example. However, in this tale, Ana channels her creativity through art and her appreciation of punk music instead of writing, and the cast of the small town that she gets sent to as part of her road to emancipation is more diverse. Gender-flipped roles and contemporary issues make this a fresh take that even the uninitiated will appreciate. The brother/sister pair who take her in to help with their ailing farm have their own drama, and her love interest (Cole) and best friend (Rye) are troubled teens themselves, adding to the realism that permeates this work. Farm life, social issues, and small minds are threads that young adults will relate to, and Ana's memories of her past life with a loving grandmother and a gang-ridden upbringing will add a level of poignancy. The latter half picks up the pace, and here is where Teran departs from the original story line. Even secondary characters are well-developed, and the food descriptions will make mouths water. Despite some harrowing scenes, Ana's place at Garber Farms is never in doubt. VERDICT A heartwarming homage to a classic with a diverse twist that will be a hit with fans of realistic fiction.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“Andi Teran’s first novel is vivid and fully realized, an entire universe expertly condensed into the pages you hold in your hands. Ana herself is a complicated delight, and by the end of the book I wanted to scoop her up into my arms.” —New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub
“What is so memorable about this novel is the reminder that happiness is a choice, a courageous and daring opportunity to express love for the things we value. At the outset we learn that Ana Cortez is an orphan, but as we live with her during one particular summer on Garber Farm we witness the creation of family before our eyes, and admire the passion, humility and valor of one of the most tender-hearted characters in literature today—a jewel of a book.” – Mario Alberto Zambrano, author of Loteria
“Anne of Green Gables fans will rejoice; newcomers will find a satisfying tale; and Ana’s high jinx will leave both types of readers smiling and asking for more.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of Montgomery’s series will appreciate nods to blackberry bushes, Ana’s uncontrollable mouth, and the farm setting, but not recognizing these references will not hinder other readers enjoyment.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Debut fiction author Teran’s contemporary reimagining of Anne of Green Gables brilliantly captures the essence of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic story of a girl who will win your heart with her well-meaning imperfections. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I would not waste your time on this C- book. Too many other GREAT books out there -
Fifteen-year-old Ana Cortez has almost reached the end of the road. After the violent deaths of her parents and grandmother in East Los Angeles, she has spent nearly a decade bouncing from one terrible foster care situation to another. Now, she has one last chance or risk being sent back to a group home, which is her worst fear. This time, her case worker is sending her outside of the city and to a small agricultural town in northern California. She is being hired as an agricultural intern to work on the small family farm owned by Emmett Garber and his sister, Abbie.
At first, Emmett is resistant to Ana's arrival. Her lack of experience and knowledge (she has never seen flat-leaf parsley or heard of kale), as well as the fact that she's not a boy, are two big strikes against her, in his opinion. But Abbie is Ana's champion, and Ana's good nature and ability to get along well with the other farm workers gradually help integrate her into the workplace, the family and the community. Along the way, she makes a "bosom friend" --- Rye, a vintage-wearing lesbian who can't wait to escape the small town --- and becomes increasingly intrigued by her next-door neighbor, Cole, despite the fact that both the Garbers and Rye warn her to stay away from him. Ana makes plenty of mistakes, encounters misunderstandings and outright discrimination, and demonstrates honesty and generosity --- just like her literary predecessor.
ANA OF CALIFORNIA does indeed use Anne of Green Gables as its jumping-off point, but it certainly stands on its own and can be appreciated by readers regardless of how well (if at all) they know the original novel on which it's based. Of course, those familiar with L. M. Montgomery's original will find plenty of small moments to enjoy in this version by an author who clearly knows her source material. Some may quibble with a few of Teran’s choices. One of Montgomery's most beloved characters, Matthew Cuthbert, for example, is distinctly less likable when transformed into Emmett Garber, and likewise, few romantic heroes (including Cole) could ever hold a candle to Gilbert Blythe.
Still, ANA OF CALIFORNIA is a delightful homage that does credit to the original and also can be enjoyed by teen and adult readers alike.
Reviewed by Norah Piehl
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