Ana of California
by Andi Teran
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: June 30th 2015
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.
Looking for your next beach read? Ana of California by Andi Teran is one of those books that is perfect for a lazy afternoon in the sun. In a new spin on an old favourite, Andi Teran has created an updated version of Anne of Green Gables that includes a spunky main character and oozes in diversity.
Ana of California is an entertaining retelling of the classic Anne of Green Gables. Andi Teran has kept the main ideas from the classic, but retold the story in a way that is modern and full of energy. Like Anne, Ana is a feisty foster child that is sent to live on a farm with a new foster family. The story, however, turns upside down with a new set of friends and experiences that a teenager 100 years later would be faced with.
As any fan of the classic story would expect, Ana is the ultimate protagonist for the book. She brings humour to the storyline with her fearlessness, sarcasm and wit. Readers will easily find Ana both loveable and flawed. Ana stirs up quite a bit of trouble everywhere she goes, however it is easy to forgive and find her hopelessly adorable. This makes for a relatable and believable main character.
Chock full of diversity, Ana of California definitely gives a new perspective on the older version. Ana is Mexican and has to deal with some racism that is extremely unnecessary. She is also a foster child, which makes her life even harder, especially with her poor behaviour and track record. Ana isn’t the only diverse character, though. Her best friend, Rye, is a lesbian and is constantly bullied by classmates.This book definitely raises awareness about these topics in a unique way.
If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables, I recommend Ana of California to you. It is very similar to the original and it is interesting to compare the two books. Ana of California is such a sweet book that is sure to become a favourite read this summer.
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.