Reading

Re-reading a favorite: The Story Girl

IMG_0566I don’t know about you, but one problem that I have is trying to read too many books at once. For example, I’ve been five chapters into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the past year and a half. I have a book that I halfway finished in October but haven’t made time for since. I’ve also started two of the three that my boyfriend loaned me to read after graduation. However, what do you suppose I got for Christmas? That’s right, only what I would consider to be probably my favorite book of all time: The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery (along with its sequel, The Golden Road). So of course I plopped onto the couch and started reading it right away.

But as I flipped open to the first chapter, I realized that it’s been ten years since I read it (which makes me feel incredibly ancient). What if this book that I’ve been calling my favorite for the past ten years really isn’t as good as I remembered?

Spoiler: it is.

I still love it every bit as much as I did when I was 12. Maybe even more now that I’m reading it from a different perspective. The main characters, who are between the ages of 11 and 14, are constantly finding themselves engaged in some sort of mischief. (My favorite part is whenthey eat strange combinations of food right before they go to bed to make themselves have more interesting dreams.) The book is told from the perspective of Bev, one of the Story Girl’s cousins, who is recalling his memories from Prince Edward Island as a kid. I’m finding myself now relating more to present-day Bev than to him and his cousins as kids, which is a little sad. But in a way, it’s making me enjoy the book more. It’s fun to reminisce on the simplicity of how I (and the characters) viewed the world when we were young and be able to laugh at our silly ideas and mistakes. It’s also reassuring in a way. While growing up can be scary, there is so much more I understand now. As a kid, so many things are unknown and scary. The book portrays this well in the many instances where the kids let their imaginations get the better of them.

I’d encourage you to take some time this winter to re-read an old favorite of yours. Maybe you’ll see it from a different perspective.

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