I loved this well-researched fictional account about the teenage years of one of my favourite childhood authors. Reading it really opened my eyes as to how much of Montgomery's real life experiences became part of her fictional stories. Recommended for anyone who is a fan of the Anne of Green Gables series.
Maud is a young girl determined to become a famous writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But it doesn’t help that she lives with her strict grandparents who don’t approve of women writers. And then there’s Nate, who she just might be falling in love with--but she’s set to accomplish many things related to writing before she marries.
Then her world turns upside down when her grandparents send her away to her father out West, where she’s eager to get a so-called better education--in between doing chores assigned by her hateful stepmother, of course. Still, through all this, Maud pushes forward to become a writer.
This heartwarming, laughable, heartbreaking novel taking place in the late 1800s is a delightful recapture of L.M. Montgomery’s teen life through the eyes of the author. Teens passionate for reading and writing will be inspired by the retold story of Maud’s life. The author conveys an important message to her readers: never give up on your dreams. 5 out of 5 stars.
- @RadicalReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
14 year old Lucy Maud Montgomery has a dream to go to college and become a writer. Her friends call her Maud. This book takes place in the 1800s. It has an old feeling to it. The way the characters dress and what they can and cannot do tells us that this book takes place way back. I enjoyed reading this book. Maud grows up as the story goes on. At the age of 14, she falls for Nate Lockhart and he likes her too. Her mother died when she was just a baby so she has to live with her grandparents. When she's 15 years old she has to go out west to Saskatchewan and live with her father, stepmother, and their daughter. She finds another chance at love and meets new friends. This book was a great book to read and it is based on the real life person named Lucy Maud Montgomery. It is still a work of fiction. 4/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Not quite an orphan but many parallels to Anne of Green Gables. If only she had Anne's happier ending.
I was excited to read this novel based on the life of the famous author of Anne of Green Gables. MAUD Follows the life of 14 year old Lucy Maud Montgomery, an aspiring writer, this novel was set in the 1980’s . Maud was raised by her grandparents and grew up in Prince Edward Island in the small town of Cavendish. Maud has a dream of going to college and becoming a writer, but her grandparents have strong opinions about a women’s role in the world. Later in the Book Maud goes to live with her father and her life changes. This was an inspiring novel to read, on how Maud faced all the problems that came in her way and how she pushed through it and became a writer. Ms. Fishbane did a lot of research for this book, though, I did not myself loving the book, near the end the book became boring for me. I think Maud was well developed throughout the novel, and how she grew. I did not enjoy the ending, it didn’t wrap up the whole plot well. Overall I enjoyed the book, it was well written and a good plot. I would give this book 3 stars, and recommend this book to those who want to learn more about the early life of L.M Montgomery and her passions and anyone who loves Anne of Green Gables and writing.
(Reviewed by Pallavee for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project)
Capturing the true essence of historical fiction, ‘Maud’ is entwined with many socialistic realities of the time it is set in, yet does not bore with endless facts. Rather difficult to put down, I found myself pondering its contents even when not reading the novel itself. The writer drew me in – connecting me with the main character, causing me to embrace and sympathize with her emotions. This is one book I will most definitely read again.
(Reviewed by Sarah for the Cloverdale Teen Book Review Project)
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