If you've been reading my reviews of the Anne of Green Gables books you'll know that I really enjoyed the first book in the series but was dreadfully disappointed with Anne of Avonlea. In the end Anne of the Island wasn't that much better for me. I may have even liked it less! :(
There were so many aspects of this book that I found extremely aggravating. Although Davy doesn't have as much of a presence in this book as he does in Anne of Avonlea he still gets quite a lot of page-time and is still an unpleasant annoying brat. And considering that this is the only book in the AoGG series that covers Anne's university years there really doesn't seem to be all that much academia going on! I was hoping that this book would provide a fascinating insight into what it was like for a woman to attend a North American university in the Victorian era but in fact most of the details of Anne's university life were completely glossed over. This book mainly seemed to consist of... Anne hanging out with her friends in Patty's Place and then going back to Green Gables on her holidays. Anne's friends in this book are dull and uninteresting - I didn't even remember Stella and Priscilla from Anne of Green Gables - apart from Philippa Gordon and I stopped liking her after the "cat incident". Montgomery handles Anne's boyfriend Roy Gardner in exactly the same way that she handled Dora Keith - the character's own sister even calls him boring - and is only there as a plot device to conveniently keep Anne and Gilbert apart until the very end. This was so frustrating because Anne of the Island could have been a far more interesting novel if Montgomery had actually took the time to develop Roy's personality and his relationship with Anne more and had made him more of a legitimate rival to Gilbert! And finally I was completely disgusted by the animal cruelty that goes on in this book. Anne and her friends try to kill a stray cat just because it keeps following them around and Mr Harrison strings his dog up just because he doesn't want it any more!
I was initially planning to read all of the Anne of Green Gables books this year but because of my reactions to the first two sequels I've got absolutely no desire to do that now. Instead what I'm going to do is to just skip books 4-7 in the series by going straight to Rilla of Ingleside (the reviews for that book have made me think that I might actually like that one) and to watch the first of the Megan Follows films.