Review: Ana of California

From Goodreads: A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

Erin’s Thoughts: I received this book in my most recent Book Riot YA Quarterly Box – super fun bookish mail that is always more than worth the cost – and was immediately drawn in by the cover. I was also super intrigued by the idea of Ana in California being a modern take on one of my most beloved books, Anne of Green Gables. While there are certainly elements of Anne’s story in Ana’s, this is not a basic retelling of a classic.  Ana’s story is her own, and this book stands strongly on it’s own two feet.

I loved this book.  Loved it. I will be passing around my copy immediately. While this book came in my YA box and the main character is a young adult, it’s actually shelved as fiction – definitely a wonderful choice for adults and young adult fans alike. I completely fell in love with Ana. Her spunk, her art, her desperation to make a better life for herself. Ana isn’t the only vividly painted character either. The entire cast is diverse, lovable, engaging, and real. Plus, the small town of Hadley is a character in it’s own right. I truly cannot say enough great things about this book. Read it!

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