Synopsis: As soon as Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she begins to brighten up everybody’s life. The ‘glad game’ she plays, of finding a silver lining in every cloud, transforms the sick, the lonely and the plain miserable – until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn’t know how to feel glad about it.
Genres: Classics, Middle Grade, Coming of Age, Young Adult
Release Date: 1st March 2018 (this version) 1913 (original version)
Format Read: Paperback
Review: I’m so glad that I got to read this again, it’s one of the books I loved as a child but then forgot to get and read as an adult.
Pollyanna is the sweetest girl ever, so happy and glad and filled with love and care. She can help turn a dull day or a sad day into something positive and happy. When moving to live with her Aunt Polly she wants to live and be alive, climbing trees, looking at a breathtaking views and most of all talking to anyone she can. She does exactly that and makes everyone in their small town feel her love, healing the pains they had, turning around their darkness into a bright light. She’s such a wonderfully written character that you can’t not fall in love with whilst reading.
Her glad game that is the big premise of the story is beautiful, you wouldn’t expect that it would touch so many in the time she was there but it did. She was so young and full of life that everyone found their lives Improved due to participating in her game. One thing though that I felt could have shown in the book to showcase the true power of her glad game is when she is down and struggling to play as is mentioned, that we got a glimpse of how she couldn’t play and how the impact of everyone in town actually did touch her and help make her feel better.
I really enjoyed this story, it’s so beautifully written, so carefully thought out, so loving, the characters are all amazing with so much character progression too. If you have not read this book honestly please do it’s perfect for any age and will make you feel so glad and happy. It’s so delightful to read.
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About Author: Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter (December 19, 1868 – May 21, 1920) was an American novelist.She was born as Eleanor Emily Hodgman in Littleton, New Hampshire on December 19, 1868, the daughter of Llewella French (née Woolson) and Francis Fletcher Hodgman. She was trained as a singer, attending New England Conservatory for several years. In 1892, she married John Lyman Porter and relocated to Massachusetts, after which she began writing and publishing her short stories and later novels. She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 21, 1920 and was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.