Thursday, May 05, 2016

Ana of California by Andi Teran


Ana of California by Andi Teran

Andi Teran's debut novel is a retelling of Anne of Green Gables, set in modern day California.

Ana Cortez, age 15, has been living in one foster home after another.  When her most recent foster family kicks her out, she is given the opportunity to participate in a farm trainee program.

She knows nothing about farming, but jumps at the opportunity to leave Los Angeles and avoid the group home.  She is sent to work on a farm run by a brother and sister, who are expecting a teen boy rather than Ana (sound familiar?), but they grudgingly agree to train her and she begins to find her place in this new life

As a HUGE fan of Anne of Green Gables  (see picture below of this reviewer visiting the actual Green Gables house in 1999), I thoroughly enjoyed figuring out how many of the characters and plot elements matched up to the original, along with the clever ways that Teran switches things up.

At the same time, Ana's story is compelling and will keep readers interested even if they haven't read the source material.  Although marketed to adults, the novel will definitely appeal to teens as well.

Highly recommended reading for any fellow Anne fans -- and if you're looking for more modernized adaptations of classics, check out Re Jane by Patricia Park  and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.

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