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Title: Ana of California
Author: Andi Teran
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: June 30, 2015
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.
Ana Cortez has been in the foster care system for nearly a decade. When Ana’s most recent foster home doesn’t work out as planned, Ana is now facing possible placement in a group home. In order to avoid placement in a group home at all costs, Ana agrees to live and work on a farm until she can be emancipated.
Abbie and Emmett Garber, siblings, are both nervous but also anxious for Ana’s arrival. Abbie is excited for some female companionship and someone to teach how to cook. Emmett is ready for the extra help on the farm. Emmett is under the impression that the child that will be in their care is going to be a boy. Needless to say, Emmett is quite surprised when he picks Ana up at the airport.
Ana isn’t sure what to make of the Garber farm when she arrives, but is quite surprised when she finds out she not only has her own bedroom, but her own bathroom as well. She begins her farm work the next morning is in almost disbelief at the wonderful breakfast Abbie took the time to cook for her.
We get to meet many other characters throughout the story. Ana meets another girl her age, Rye Moon, and both girls hit it off almost immediately. Of course there is a boy, Cole Brannan, who I wasn’t a huge fan of at first but he did grow on me. We meet many other wonderful characters throughout the story.
This book was told in third person. I haven’t read many books in third person and it took a little time for me to grasp. Once I got the feel for it, I really enjoyed reading in third person because you get a nice perspective from multiple characters, but still centered on Ana.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I have never read Anne of Green Gables. Yes, yes I know. I just never got around to reading the books when I was younger. I DID watch the all of the movies, which were wonderful! I fully intend to read the books now that I have read Ana of California. Have you ever started a book and you didn’t know what to expect, but you didn’t expect it to be one of the best books you have ever read? Well, that’s what happened to me with Ana of California.
This was such a fantastic read. I was instantly drawn in the second I started reading, which is something that rarely happens to me. If a book can immediately grab my attention, then I already know it is going to be a good book. I loved this book from the start to the end and the ending couldn’t have been better! Buy this book as soon as you can! This is a book you won’t regret buying!
4.5 starts out of 5 stars
Here’s a wonderful little map of Hadley, California
Meet The Author
Andi Teran is a writer and performer originally from the deserts of West Texas. She has written about fashion, film, and culture for Vanity Fair, MTV, New York, and Monocle, as well as written and performed for various New York stages. She lives in Los Angeles. Ana of California is her first novel.