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Anne of Greenville (Hardcover)
If you love Anne of Green Gables, you will love this book. That's it, that's the review. No but seriously, Anne is a teen any current or former art/drama/choir kid can see themself in. Her experiences are real and painful at times but her perseverance and relationships keep the book light and fresh. I picked this book up because I too grew up loving 70's disco in a town I believed I was too cool for. I fell in love with this book for it's ease and honesty. [Danielle]— From Anne of Greenville
This is the story of how I became Anne of Greenville. It’s also the story of how I found my true true, and how I needed to maybe come to Greenville, of all places, to make that happen.
In this modern reimagining of Anne of Green Gables, Anne is an ABBA-loving singer/actor/writer of disco-operas, queer, Japanese-American who longs to be understood for her artistic genius. Recently relocated to middle-of-nowhere Greenville and starting at a new school, Anne has a tendency to A) fall in love quickly, deeply, and effervescently and B) fly off the handle in the face of jerks. Both personality quirks quickly come into play when the soccer team boos the premiere of her disco performance, which—in a roundabout way—introduces her to her new BFF, Berry, and she soon after meets the girl of her dreams, Gilly.
Falling quickly into that age-old trap of ignoring the best friend for the new crush, Anne soon becomes embroiled in a series of dramatic and unfortunate events, and quickly finds herself wrapped up in a love triangle she never expected. Is she MTB with Gilly? Or is Berry her true soul mate? Only time (or 304 pages) will tell.
In this coming-of-age novel by fan-favorite author Mariko Tamaki, see the classic tale in a whole new light. Refreshingly bold and unapologetically unique, Anne of Greenville will make you want to stand up and sing!
About the Author
Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer living in California. She is the co-creator of the New York Times bestseller This One Summer with Jillian Tamaki, and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. These works have received Eisner, Ignatz and Printz Honors. Mariko also writes superhero stories for Marvel and DC Comics. Her prose includes the YA murder mystery, Cold.
"A glitter-fueled disco daydream! Mariko Tamaki captures the irrepressible, unapologetic enthusiasm of Anne Shirley and delivers her with sequins and rollerskates to a brand new audience. Anne of Greenville bubbles over with a defiantly joyful energy!"—Britta Lundin, author of Ship It and Like Other Girls
"Every page of this glittery disco ball of a book explodes with imagination, effervescence, and joy — prepare to find a kindred spirit in this thoroughly modern Anne Shirley."—Sarah Kuhn, author of From Little Tokyo, with Love
"I adored Mariko Tamaki's Anne of Greenville, which doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of being both queer and weird in a small town, but also embraces so much love and beauty. Joy as an act of resistance overflows from Anne and her new world. Tamaki infuses her work with so much humor, nuance, and incredible generosity for every character, and I will read every single thing she writes."—Amy Spalding, best-selling author of We Used to Be Friends
“Delightfully queer, deliciously disco-filled, and decidedly heartfelt, Anne of Greenville is the coming-of-age novel we need! My heart’s been soaring like it’s wearing roller skates ever since I finished it!”—Jason June, author of Jay's Gay Agenda and Out of the Blue