Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter

Title: Pollyanna Grows Up
Author: Eleanor H. Porter
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: Adore
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: The sequel to Pollyanna finds the effervescent orphan on the verge of womanhood. Her crippled legs cured, Pollyanna takes her glad heart to cheer new friends in Boston before travelling to Europe with Aunt Polly and Dr Chilton. But growing up brings sorrows as well as joys, and when she returns after six years, with Dr Chilton dead and Aunt Polly fallen on hard times, even Pollyanna has trouble maintaining her usual cheerful outlook. (

Opinions: So we get to see Pollyanna again. She is as delightful as ever. She moves to Boston for a season while her aunt and uncle travel abroad for business. While there, we meet new people and see how Pollyanna learns to love and give all she has to others. Then six years pass and we get to see Pollyanna as a woman. She is still cheerful and full of life, yet a bit more mature.

As stories go, I like this story more than the first Pollyanna book. It's a delightful story and very compelling to see how Pollyanna reacts to things as an adult. I have to say the thing that I dislike about this book is Pollyanna's aunt. She drives me up the ding dang wall. But I also understand why her character behaves the way she does, (most of the time).

All in all, this is a delightful companion of books that helps you look for the good and realize that life isn't as bad as you might think it is.

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