Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ana of California
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.
I was looking for something to read on a hot, summer day and this book sounded like the perfect read. It just so happened that is what this book turned out to be...the perfect read! I read it in only a few short hours.
I fell in love with Ana from the first moment that I met her. She was genuine and had a big heart. Also, she spoke her mind and owned up to any mistakes that she made. She at times acted older than her age of fifteen. I have to agree with Emmett's sister, Abbie that Emmett is like a "bulldog in a baby basket".
Everyone else in this book are great as well. After a while they became more like family then characters in a story. A nice summer read.