Following her father’s imprisonment and her maternal grandmother’s death, Lucy and her mother, Ana, leave Wyoming and move into her mother’s childhood home in Salem, Oregon.
Named after her mother’s favorite author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Lucy picks up Ana’s old copy of Anne of Green Gables and finds a list of summer plans from her mother’s teen years; it sparks her curiosity and inspires a list of her own. There is considerable tension between Lucy and her mother as they work on fixing up the house and settling into the community. Lucy misses her old friends and dreads being the new girl at school, but after meeting cousins Mira and Jack, it looks like the summer won’t be too boring. However, Lucy’s despair and frustration over her father’s past behavior cause her to lie about him to her new friends, nearly derailing their budding friendship and her growing connection with Jack. Lucy is a sympathetic protagonist even when she makes the wrong choices. As she learns more about her mother’s teen years, she gains a deeper understanding of her, which is revealed in a realistic way. The immediate secondary characters are also intriguing. Most characters are assumed white, although Ana's father was Puerto Rican and Mira is described as having dark brown skin. Each chapter begins with a pithy quote from a classic novel, in keeping with Lucy’s love of reading.
A quietly satisfying read. (Fiction. 12-18)