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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Pollyanna Grows Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    A wonderful follow-up to the first book! The first half of this book takes place soon after "Pollyanna," with the second half being about her growing up, how she finds work and falls in love - a part that I always enjoy reading about, particularly when a character has become a favorite. I simply must know if and when and to whom they married. I was saddened by Aunt Polly's seemingly brief time at playing the Glad Game and wish that those principles would have sunk in deeper so that when the trial A wonderful follow-up to the first book! The first half of this book takes place soon after "Pollyanna," with the second half being about her growing up, how she finds work and falls in love - a part that I always enjoy reading about, particularly when a character has become a favorite. I simply must know if and when and to whom they married. I was saddened by Aunt Polly's seemingly brief time at playing the Glad Game and wish that those principles would have sunk in deeper so that when the trials came, she would have been able to continue being glad. Also, I felt the love triangle, or square, or whatever you want to call it, a little drawn out and slightly silly. It's still worth the read though! Perhaps knowing these two things beforehand will make it easier. Cleanliness: Children's Bad Words Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 7 Incidents: pooh, Jove, shucks, Name Calling - 7 Incidents: Duffers, Dago Religious Profanities - 11 Incidents: Gee, Gorry, Gee whiz, Good heavens Religious & Supernatural - 1 Incident: Someone mentions "feeling like a heathen goddess in a Hindu temple." Conversation Topics - 2 Incidents: Mentions a man was cursing (no words provided). Mentions Santa Claus. Romance Related - 5 Incidents: There is an odd situation with a man and a young woman at a park. The man asks the girl to go with him but she's changed her mind and doesn't want to go any more. The girl knew she shouldn't have agreed to go with him and now she won't. You know that the girl is poor and can only suspect that it was some inappropriate line of work or situation that the man was trying to force her into.Later, this same young woman talks about a friend of hers that decided to go with that man and how she wasn't a respectable lady any longer and was taken in by a rescue home. A young man rescues a young lady and holds her close. "For a moment, indeed, with his arms about her, and hers clinging about his neck, he had felt that she was indeed his - and even in that supreme moment of danger he knew the thrill of supreme bliss." "Jimmy came close and laid a caressing arm about her shoulders." A man and a lady kiss. **Like my reviews? Then you should follow me! Because I have hundreds more just like this one. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that! So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads! You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why. You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not. From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes (in children’s books), I cover it all!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is the most dearest and charming book EVER! I enjoyed it even a teensy bit more I think than the first book and was "glad" indeed when everything ended so nicely and perfectly. It only took me a couple of days to finish; I couldn't put it down. A new favorite book to add with my collection of "period drama" favorites. ;) This is the most dearest and charming book EVER! I enjoyed it even a teensy bit more I think than the first book and was "glad" indeed when everything ended so nicely and perfectly. It only took me a couple of days to finish; I couldn't put it down. A new favorite book to add with my collection of "period drama" favorites. ;)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Verret

    It was interesting to discover what happened to Pollyanna and Jimmy in their later years, although I found Aunt Polly's relapse quite unbelievable....... It was interesting to discover what happened to Pollyanna and Jimmy in their later years, although I found Aunt Polly's relapse quite unbelievable.......

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    Another great Porter book and a fabulous sequel. I just love all of these characters!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Vince

    An entertaining sequel to 'Pollyanna', full of characters from the first book, including Aunt Polly, John Pendleton and Jimmy Bean, who is now Jimmy Pendleton. In the first half of the book, Pollyanna is sent to stay with Mrs Ruth Carew, a lady in deep depression because her beloved little nephew was taken away by his eccentric father. Even though her brother-in-law has passed away, little Jamie's whereabouts are still unknown. These days he'd be on the missing person files. Ruth can't bear not k An entertaining sequel to 'Pollyanna', full of characters from the first book, including Aunt Polly, John Pendleton and Jimmy Bean, who is now Jimmy Pendleton. In the first half of the book, Pollyanna is sent to stay with Mrs Ruth Carew, a lady in deep depression because her beloved little nephew was taken away by his eccentric father. Even though her brother-in-law has passed away, little Jamie's whereabouts are still unknown. These days he'd be on the missing person files. Ruth can't bear not knowing whether he's suffering, or even dead. There in Boston, Pollyanna continues her tradition of helping people transform their lives, including Jamie, a crippled boy in a wheelchair, who might even turn out to be Mrs Carew's lost nephew. Although Jamie plays his own version of Pollyanna's 'Game', he's not as good at it as she is. Possibly because he seems to have the typecast despondent, creative temperament of a literary author. In the second half, Pollyanna is in her early twenties. Jamie and Jimmy have grown up too, of course, so there is plenty of romance in the air. Aunt Polly is now a widow, and back to her crabby old self. All sorts of lovers' tangles and mix-ups take place. There were so many, "So-and-so is madly in love with So-and-So's" which were way off track, while it's probably clear to every reader how the three couples are going to end up being paired off. Pollyanna turns out to be a very dutiful girl, who will defer to her elders when it comes to choosing a spouse. It's a dated outlook (thankfully), which I doubt modern young readers would go for or understand. She ends up with the man her heart chooses, but only after clearing it with Aunt Polly, then Uncle John first! It wasn't easy. There are a few loose ends, which tighter, more modern editing might have addressed. When the identity of Ruth's nephew is finally revealed, nobody seems to think of telling her sister, Della the nurse, who surely deserved to know the truth as much as Ruth. It bothered me that she wasn't on the very small list of people who would learn the secret. Still, it was a very enjoyable read and I was glad Pollyanna ended up with the guy who was perfect for her, which says a lot for him, as Pollyanna is such a super-heroine. If I'd been Pollyanna, I would have been tempted to rub it in with Aunt Polly. But being Pollyanna, and being a wholesome nineteenth century plot, she found a way to please her aunt and get her man at the same time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Petrichor

    Ummm. I was going to rate this a touch less severely, but the second half of this book was supremely uncomfortable and mainly consisted of all the characters convincing themselves and each other that everyone else was in love with someone scandalously older or younger. In the end, everyone was matched up into (mostly) age-appropriate relationships, but I am forced to deduct a star for the cringe.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie Thompson

    I love this book so much! The second half even more than the first, although the first half is important to the second. Even if it does contain the most convoluted imaginary love polygon in the history of literature. :) Seriously, though, every time I go to diagram this thing, my mind threatens to explode. X loves Y but is afraid Z also loves Y and thinks Y might also love Z. Meantime, Y loves X but is afraid X might be falling in love with A. Z really loves B, despite X's suspicions, but B is af I love this book so much! The second half even more than the first, although the first half is important to the second. Even if it does contain the most convoluted imaginary love polygon in the history of literature. :) Seriously, though, every time I go to diagram this thing, my mind threatens to explode. X loves Y but is afraid Z also loves Y and thinks Y might also love Z. Meantime, Y loves X but is afraid X might be falling in love with A. Z really loves B, despite X's suspicions, but B is afraid that Y loves Z and fuels X's fears on that point. And then just as Z declares his love for B and everyone takes a gasp of relief, Z throws another monkey wrench into the whole thing, declaring positively that C loves Y, to the great dismay not only of X but also of A, who is secretly in love with C. There, that wasn't so complicated, was it? Would it be easier if I broke it up by character? Let's try it, just because I'm having way too much fun with this. :) (view spoiler)[Pollyanna - actually loves Jimmy; fears that Jimmy loves Mrs. Carew; later fears that Mr. Pendleton may love her (Pollyanna); knows that Jamie loves Sadie Jimmy - actually loves Pollyanna; fears that Jamie loves Pollyanna and Pollyanna might love Jamie; later fears that Mr. Pendleton might love Pollyanna; knows just about nothing ;) Jamie - actually loves Sadie; thankfully isn't afraid that anyone else loves her or that she loves anyone, although other circumstances delay his declaring his love; thinks that Mr. Pendleton loves Pollyanna Sadie - actually loves Jamie; fears that Pollyanna loves Jamie; doesn't really know or think anything else Mrs. Carew - actually loves Mr. Pendleton; fears that Mr. Pendleton loves Pollyanna; doesn't know or think anything else of consequence Mr. Pendleton - actually loves Mrs. Carew; also thankfully doesn't fear that she loves anyone or that anyone loves her; scares Pollyanna to death by vaguely asking whether someone could ever be made to love him, making her think he is going to propose There, wasn't that better? ;) (hide spoiler)] Honestly, if it weren't for the fact that two out of the six (yes, six!) lovers entertain no specific fears about possible competition for their love, I'm pretty sure the whole tangled mess would still be sitting there today! But since the whole thing is purely imaginary, a couple of pulls on just the right threads brings it all into place. Of course, the whole thing could also have been avoided if a couple of other people hadn't insisted on being overwhelmingly sweet and noble and not declaring their own love when it wouldn't have been fair to their perceived competition. *sigh* But thankfully, they're still human underneath and struggle quite a bit under their self-imposed martyrdom. ;) Actually, I think one of the things I like best about this book is the evidences of real friendship that pop up, even from people who have every right to be--and sometimes are--particularly jealous of one another. Not so much talking about the heroic martyr bits here, more just little bits of things that defy real hard feelings. And the one actual sacrifice in the end just melts my heart every time. <3<3<3 (view spoiler)[Especially coming from Jimmy to Jamie. And so much more meaningful and heartfelt than his earlier heroic martyrdom. (hide spoiler)] *melts into a puddle just thinking about it* The other thing I particularly like about this book is the characters themselves. I love Pollyanna as a young woman and think the author did a great job of taming down her childish exuberance while still keeping her essentially Pollyanna. She's still her same down-to-earth, cheerful, honest self--just grown up. :) I can't help loving Jimmy, even when he's being particularly frustrating. (Also see the previous spoiler.) And Jamie just entirely steals my heart. (view spoiler)[For the record, though, I don't have any regrets that Jamie didn't end up with Pollyanna. They're both wonderful characters, but they'd be totally wrong together. Jamie needs Sadie, who doesn't feel sorry for him, and Pollyanna needs Jimmy, who she can lean on without fear. They'd have made each other miserable as a couple. So there. ;) (hide spoiler)] I probably became incoherent a long time ago, so I'll stop this review and go grin in a corner. 4.5 stars Content - a few not-descriptive kisses; the derogatory term "dago" applied to Italians by a street boy; terms like "magic," "spell," "witchery" used in a figurative sense, particularly in regard to stories; very veiled references to the danger of lonely girls in a big city--talk about "rescue work" and preventing girls from needing to be rescued; a girl has made an appointment with a man who "shouldn't notice" her but decides not to keep it; nothing explicit, and most of it goes over Pollyanna's head

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ania

    This book was a bit strange as it was definitely a 2-in-1 story. The first half of the book starts soon after the first book ended and Pollyanna is now 12, and not 11 years old as she was in the first book. The story involves her aunt and uncle leaving for Germany and so Pollyanna goes to live with an acquaintance in Boston in an effort to cheer up the sad, lonely, negative woman. The second half of the book picks up when Pollyanna is 24 years old! and a lot has happened too. Her new uncle has p This book was a bit strange as it was definitely a 2-in-1 story. The first half of the book starts soon after the first book ended and Pollyanna is now 12, and not 11 years old as she was in the first book. The story involves her aunt and uncle leaving for Germany and so Pollyanna goes to live with an acquaintance in Boston in an effort to cheer up the sad, lonely, negative woman. The second half of the book picks up when Pollyanna is 24 years old! and a lot has happened too. Her new uncle has passed away and her aunt is going through bouts of depression. They are all also relatively penniless as most of their money has been lost in bad deals. But the story really isn't about that, but about romantic mix-ups that get straightened out near the end. The first half gets about 3.5 to 4 stars from me as it only barely lost a tiny portion of the the charm of the first book, as well as it sort of repeats the same premise (an orphan goes to live with sad old woman and changes her life for the better). However, I just love Porter's writing style. I love how easily she makes people come to life and so it was an enjoyable read. The second half however was not. Not really anyway. I still enjoyed her writing style, it's just that the second half presented a major schism in the story and the story lost its flow. The entire thing was completely predictable, and every misunderstanding thoroughly clear to the reader. And I think the most preposterous part was when Pollyanna insisted on marrying someone near the end (no worries, I'm not giving it away!) for no apparent logical reason an able and functioning mind could understand??? But you'll see when you get there. It will baffle you too. Nonetheless I do recommend the book to people who did enjoy Pollyanna and want to know what happens to her and to her life. I do think that the story overall would have been better if this book was divided into 2 separate novels, and those 2 separate stories were more fully developed. I think it would also help if the time gap of 12 years was reduced... it's just too long to catch up on! Still though the whole book has a warm feel like a good episode of Road to Avonlea and makes you feel that Pollyanna and the gang, despite being from Vermont, have really all been sneakily living in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island along with all of Anne's friends (that's Anne of Green Gables !). Anywho, I'll probably give this book something between 2 and 3 stars. I liked it. It's just that the second half ruined it for me a bit, but not completely!

  9. 5 out of 5

    mandinmandin

    Pollyanna shown in ''Pollyanna Grows Up'', isn't the same as the one shown in the first book. She really got my nerves on. Pollyanna shown in ''Pollyanna Grows Up'', isn't the same as the one shown in the first book. She really got my nerves on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Rae

    Part of the reason I reread Pollyanna was so I could try reading Pollyanna Grows Up, which I'd never picked up as a child. And I'm glad I didn't, because I don't find it anywhere near as charming as the first book. Various small adventures are charming--Pollyanna goes to Boston, meets new people, and learns to live in a city for the first time--but they're sewn through with behavior I'd hate for children to try repeating in real life. Pollyanna visits the slums and learns of the squalor and hard Part of the reason I reread Pollyanna was so I could try reading Pollyanna Grows Up, which I'd never picked up as a child. And I'm glad I didn't, because I don't find it anywhere near as charming as the first book. Various small adventures are charming--Pollyanna goes to Boston, meets new people, and learns to live in a city for the first time--but they're sewn through with behavior I'd hate for children to try repeating in real life. Pollyanna visits the slums and learns of the squalor and hard living many people faced at the turn of the century...and then she proceeds to point it out aloud in ways that are incredibly rude and thoughtless. Then we jump forward six years (unfortunately skipping over what were probably six very interesting years for Pollyanna and her family, since they were in Germany for them!), and Pollyanna's in the center of a polygon that puts ordinary love triangles to shame. Little Jimmy Bean (now grown-up Jim Pendleton) is in love with Pollyanna but thinks Jamie Carew is in love with her, while Jamie Carew actually loves Sadie Dean and assumes that John Pendleton, Jimmy Bean's adoptive father, loves Pollyanna. And Pollyanna insists that if John Pendleton asks her to marry him, she has to accept, because her mother once jilted him and that means she's obligated to make him happy. Which is SUPER CREEPY but whatever, John Pendleton's actually into Jamie Carew's adoptive mother-aunt-thing (it's a long story), so it all works out. John and Mrs. Carew marry, Jamie and Sadie marry, and Jimmy and Pollyanna marry, and everyone lives happily ever after. (view spoiler)[Except that I liked Jamie better than Jimmy as grownups, so I wish Pollyanna had married him. But at the same time, everyone was so weird about the fact that Jamie was "crippled" that it wouldn't have worked, by the end of things. It's probably good that he married Sadie Dean, simply because she actually treated him like a person who could do things. (hide spoiler)] It's mildly interesting for an adult to read the follow-up, I suppose, and to explore the attitudes people had toward the disabled (and the poor, and the "heathen", and so on and so forth) at the turn of the century. Being unable to walk sentences Jamie to a life without schooling or employment (at least, until he turns out to be a fabulous writer). But I don't think children lacking the historical context need to hear about how a "cripple" can't do this, that, and the other thing solely because he walks with crutches. And I definitely don't think they need to hear about how girls are obligated to make men happy if someone else they know said no to them in the past. Even with all the dated attitudes set aside, I was disappointed in the set-up of the book. The thing I love about the original Pollyanna is that she comes out of nowhere and helps people without people expecting it. Here, everyone already knows how special she is, and it's much more grating to hear them talk about her. Stick with the first book, basically, and imagine whatever life you want for Pollyanna when she grows up. This one doesn't really satisfy. This all said, if you do try listening to it, consider doing as I did and using Mary Anderson's Librivox recording. For a free, amateur production, I think she did a great job.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I first read Pollyanna, as a youngster, probably around the time the first Disney movie was released. I loved the book, probably more because of the movie and my crush on Hayley Mills. I never read this sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up so when I found it for free for the Kindle, I downloaded it. As a nostalgia trip, this book was okay. Otherwise I found it cloying and predictable. Pollyanna spends a winter in Boston while her aunt and new husband Dr. Chilton head to Europe. Pollyanna brings the Glad G I first read Pollyanna, as a youngster, probably around the time the first Disney movie was released. I loved the book, probably more because of the movie and my crush on Hayley Mills. I never read this sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up so when I found it for free for the Kindle, I downloaded it. As a nostalgia trip, this book was okay. Otherwise I found it cloying and predictable. Pollyanna spends a winter in Boston while her aunt and new husband Dr. Chilton head to Europe. Pollyanna brings the Glad Game to a unhappy wealthy Boston Brahmin, and meets another orphan, this time named Jamie. There is a missing child mystery that is solved, and of course lots of happy endings. Pollyanna also falls in love, and after a series of misunderstandings, is happily united with him. The plot is definitely dated, and the book does not pass muster for inclusion in my classroom library.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katja

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. At first I was very wary of this book. I grew up with Pollyanna. How could there be another book about her? Wouldn’t it be simply horrible? But I decided to try it, and by chapter one I was interested. By chapter three or four I was no longer really worried. Pollyanna was yet Pollyanna. My favourite part of the book, however, is when Pollyanna is actually “grown up”—(view spoiler)[ though Miss Polly’s relapse into Miss Polly Harrington of old is sad. I was particularly ann 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. At first I was very wary of this book. I grew up with Pollyanna. How could there be another book about her? Wouldn’t it be simply horrible? But I decided to try it, and by chapter one I was interested. By chapter three or four I was no longer really worried. Pollyanna was yet Pollyanna. My favourite part of the book, however, is when Pollyanna is actually “grown up”—(view spoiler)[ though Miss Polly’s relapse into Miss Polly Harrington of old is sad. I was particularly annoyed with Miss Polly—after we’d just gotten a glimpse of her as a happy woman, back she goes to the bitter one of yore! (hide spoiler)] The whole plot was intriguing, and by the last quarter of the book I was just bewildered with all the criss-crossing lines and hints. However, it all ended as I wanted it to. ^_^ And Jimmy! Jimmy is my new favourite male character at present. :D My only complaint is the repeated hugs between a young man and woman, and that he kisses her twice after they are engaged; also a few words I would not personally use. But I am so very happy that I read this book. There are some hilarious quotes and scenes. Oh, and Pollyanna’s counter-gladness scheme was so funny. I didn’t think she had it in her. :D A Favourite Quote: “‘As he was, under his present philosophy and scheme of living, he made himself and everybody else wretched, didn't he? Well, just suppose he was playing the game. While he was trying to hunt up something to be glad about in everything that had happened to him, he COULDN'T be at the same time grumbling and growling about how bad things were; so that much would be gained. He'd be a whole lot easier to live with, both for himself and for his friends. ... I tell you, troubles are poor things to hug. They've got too many prickers.’” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “[She] said, privately, to Pollyanna, that it was all very good and well and desirable that John Pendleton should have gotten out of the sour, morose aloofness that had been his state for so many years, but that it did not necessarily follow that it was equally desirable that he should be trying to turn himself into a twenty-year-old boy again;”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Loved, loved, loved this!! So simple and sweet and the perfect sequel to Pollyanna. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A nice sequel to the classic Pollyanna story, this book follows Pollyanna from where the original book leaves off, then jumps ahead to teen years and finally to young adulthood. It was nice to see that Pollyanna, even when faced with grown up challenges, was still able to maintain her optimistic outlook on life most of the time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    christine ✩

    3 or 4th time reading did not help my reputation of being extremely weird while reading :D *was laughing hysterically during all the very emotional scenes* - (view spoiler)[ especially that pair of chapters where everybody was confused and misunderstandings abounded >_<. My brother asked me if I was okay. (hide spoiler)] Also hahhahah Sadie and Jamie though. 3 or 4th time reading did not help my reputation of being extremely weird while reading :D *was laughing hysterically during all the very emotional scenes* - (view spoiler)[ especially that pair of chapters where everybody was confused and misunderstandings abounded >_<. My brother asked me if I was okay. (hide spoiler)] Also hahhahah Sadie and Jamie though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Lungu

    It was a very touching book. I also read the first volume and I love both of them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Princess Katie

    A good book and sequel to Pollyanna. I enjoyed it a lot, though I spent a long time reading it. It wasn't nearly as charming as the first book, and I was dissatisfied with the ending. It wasn't that everyone died, but Jimmy Bean just drove me up a wall with something I thought they would resolve at the end of the book, but didn't. There were a few other things as well... I finished reading this book in the car and my family had to hear me rant for a few minutes. It was just a bit unbelievable, r A good book and sequel to Pollyanna. I enjoyed it a lot, though I spent a long time reading it. It wasn't nearly as charming as the first book, and I was dissatisfied with the ending. It wasn't that everyone died, but Jimmy Bean just drove me up a wall with something I thought they would resolve at the end of the book, but didn't. There were a few other things as well... I finished reading this book in the car and my family had to hear me rant for a few minutes. It was just a bit unbelievable, ridiculous I guess as far as some of the codes the characters wanted to make, or at least thought they had to. I guess that all was the conflict, but it just made me rant.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    In this 1915 sequel, Pollyanna spends a winter in Boston and makes many new friends. She continues to unconsciously bring drastic change into the lives of others. There's even more mystery in this book, as the identity of one of Pollyanna's friends is in question. In the second half of the story there's a time jump that takes us to Pollyanna's 20th year. She's caught the eye of one young man in particular, but there are things he feels may keep them apart. It's a race to the end to see if all ou In this 1915 sequel, Pollyanna spends a winter in Boston and makes many new friends. She continues to unconsciously bring drastic change into the lives of others. There's even more mystery in this book, as the identity of one of Pollyanna's friends is in question. In the second half of the story there's a time jump that takes us to Pollyanna's 20th year. She's caught the eye of one young man in particular, but there are things he feels may keep them apart. It's a race to the end to see if all our characters will have a happy ending! This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I read this book aloud with my kids (ages 9,11 and 13). We loved it! It had a bit of a slow start compared to the first book, but the wonderful story was worth it. We had so many hysterical moments reading this together during the pandemic of 2020. It provided us with an outlet to enter into the joy, sadness and confusion these characters experienced in Pollyanna’s growing up years. So good!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    P.

    Seems Pollyanna grew up to be disingenuous.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Landberg

    A nostalgic read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rithara~❤️The Astrophilia ❤️

    This book had a beautiful plot, but I rated it 3 stars because the book wasn’t so attractive.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cora Parandi

    This book was so dang good and I loved it! Praise to Pollyanna.

  24. 5 out of 5

    T. R.

    It's a wonderful sequel following a bit of the same story. Pollyanna changes the hearts of others who need her warmth. I was more attached to the first book, but I do think this is a lovely sequel especially to see Pollyanna act a little older. It's a wonderful sequel following a bit of the same story. Pollyanna changes the hearts of others who need her warmth. I was more attached to the first book, but I do think this is a lovely sequel especially to see Pollyanna act a little older.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angel **Book Junkie**

    As a child I loved Pollyanna it was one of those movies that I think my parents had to buy six or seven times because I had worn out the VHS completely. I never knew that there was a second Pollyanna and although I have read a lot of books I had never read the first one either. So I sat on my journey at a time I needed to be glad. The recent storms took my lights out this past weekend so it was a good thing my Kindle was fully charged and waking up to 100 degree weather at 5 am you find that Pol As a child I loved Pollyanna it was one of those movies that I think my parents had to buy six or seven times because I had worn out the VHS completely. I never knew that there was a second Pollyanna and although I have read a lot of books I had never read the first one either. So I sat on my journey at a time I needed to be glad. The recent storms took my lights out this past weekend so it was a good thing my Kindle was fully charged and waking up to 100 degree weather at 5 am you find that Pollyanna gives you something to be glad about. (view spoiler)[ Enough about me and on to the book. The first part was brilliant, a recreation of the first book with a different touch and a slightly different story. As Pollyanna, sets out to help another person who again believes that they are oblivious to Pollyanna's charms you see the girl she is and the woman you hope that she will become. I also find it cute that she finds "Jamie" and "Sadie" (who eventually fall in love) a home with Mrs. Carew. As Mrs. Carew is pining over her lost nephew Jamie the story falls together brilliantly. The sad thing is that because the "Jamie" and Mrs. Carew's Jamie may not be the same person there is always a bit of doubt on whether Mrs. Carew will love her new Jamie if she finds out that he is not the old Jamie. The second part of the book is what leaves me not giving the book five stars. There is something disturbing about the second half and I still even two days after reading the book have not figured it out. Pollyanna and Jimmy Bean-Pendleton fall in love, Mr. Pendleton falls in love with Mrs. Carew, and Sadie and Jamie fall in love. Jimmy Bean-Pendleton is the real Jamie and poor Mrs. Polly just lost her husband and has fallen on bad times because of some bad investments. The first book left me in tears this book only made me mad. Why the author chose to make Mrs. Polly a new woman of sorrow is beyond me I had honestly come to adore her after the first book. Too bad this was never a movie I may have fell in love with it also. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melani

    Pollyanna Grows Up is the second Pollyanna book, but the last one written by Eleanor Porter. It's a servicable read, but a lot of the charm of the first book is lost in this one. The plot is split in two parts. The first half of the book is still about young Pollyanna, not even a year after her accident and recovery in the first book. She's sent to stay with a complete stranger in Boston while her aunt and Dr. Chilton go off to Germany for reasons. Ok, so not a complete stranger, but rather the s Pollyanna Grows Up is the second Pollyanna book, but the last one written by Eleanor Porter. It's a servicable read, but a lot of the charm of the first book is lost in this one. The plot is split in two parts. The first half of the book is still about young Pollyanna, not even a year after her accident and recovery in the first book. She's sent to stay with a complete stranger in Boston while her aunt and Dr. Chilton go off to Germany for reasons. Ok, so not a complete stranger, but rather the sister of one of her nurses in the asylum where she learned to walk again. In Boston, she charms many people and cheers up her grumpy host. Fast forward 10 years-which are mostly spent gadding about Europe apparently, and Dr. Chilton is dead and Aunt Polly's money is mostly gone so home to Vermont they return. The next half of the book speeds by as everyone gets a happy ending, EVERYONE. I did find it amusing that although the Porter spends a good portion of her time telling her readers that Pollyanna does not preach, the book itself is very preach and practically hits you over the head with it's theme of 'cheerful is as cheerful does'. It's far less subtle then the first book, and that one wasn't particularly subtle either. I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more then the second, partly because there were actual challenges presented to Pollyanna's view point- she saw actual poverty for example. Unfortunately a lot of that was just kind of brushed over, leaving the book with a very shallow feeling. And then when Pollyanna has to deal with a kind of poverty of her own (hardly poverty really, but being not quite as rich) it's just brushed over and not dealt with, again leaving the novel feeling shallow. I did enjoy the first book, Pollyanna is a fun enough novel. I'm not sad that I read this sequel, but it doesn't hold up as well as Pollyanna does.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Flavia Pessoa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Right. So. How to start this? Well, I’ll just speak about the stuff that comes to my mind. So, yeah. I don’t think this story is that nice after Pollyanna grows up (she’s a child until about half of the book). It just turns into a regular romantic story, once she turns twenty, really. Don’t get me wrong, I love that Jimmy and Pollyanna got together, and that the other couples found each other as well. But it was predictable and saccharine, wasn’t it? A bit too much even for me. And the whole affa Right. So. How to start this? Well, I’ll just speak about the stuff that comes to my mind. So, yeah. I don’t think this story is that nice after Pollyanna grows up (she’s a child until about half of the book). It just turns into a regular romantic story, once she turns twenty, really. Don’t get me wrong, I love that Jimmy and Pollyanna got together, and that the other couples found each other as well. But it was predictable and saccharine, wasn’t it? A bit too much even for me. And the whole affair of Mr Pendleton potentially loving Pollyana felt super weird to me. I mean, he saw her grow up and actually wanted to adopt her!!! Fair enough, he didn’t really romantically love her in the end, but the fact that people all around him found that possibility acceptable was disturbing to me. Moreover, the fact that aunt Polly turned out to have remained a racist and classist stuck up unnerved me. When she talked about Jimmy’s “pedigree” I nearly retched. I know, I know. This book is a child of its time, and I’m using the lenses of my time to look at it. It doesn’t change the fact that it made the reading somewhat less enjoyable for me. To be honest, I think there are other things I would complain of (like that idea that Jimmy would run faster while carrying Pollyanna than she would on her own legs, just so she could be princely saved from the bull), but I’ll just stop moaning about the fact that the writer didn’t have the same moral values then that I have today and say that I much prefer the first book. The end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christy Peterson

    We love Pollyanna and her contribution to encouraging people to have a positive mental attitude. If you want more of the first book, you won't be disappointed. Seriously, Pollyanna inspires an older woman, gets her married and helps another young boy find a home. The message of being an example and not preaching is nicely illustrated. I liked how having material possessions was shown not to be a reason for being glad, but that doesn't mean to not be grateful. Material wealth isn't what life is a We love Pollyanna and her contribution to encouraging people to have a positive mental attitude. If you want more of the first book, you won't be disappointed. Seriously, Pollyanna inspires an older woman, gets her married and helps another young boy find a home. The message of being an example and not preaching is nicely illustrated. I liked how having material possessions was shown not to be a reason for being glad, but that doesn't mean to not be grateful. Material wealth isn't what life is about and people in 3rd world countries show us they can live very satisfying lives without it. But it doesnt mean it's evil and it doesnt mean we shouldn't have nice things. After scanning a few reviews on this book, I think people are confused in what is socialism/communism and what is charity. Pollyanna wasn't promoting a govt redistribution of wealth,she was promoting charity. There is a HUGE difference. She "grows up" 6 years when one chapter ends and another begins. I enjoyed the grown up Pollyanna also. I read others say in reviews that the end was way to sickly sweet, I have to agree. I thought some aspects of the love plots were just too much of an eeeewwwwwww factor, but I guess such things do happen. Thankfully, not here.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Наталія

    I was excited about reading the continuation of Pollyanna, because a) until recently I hadn't known it existed (I'm slow, I know) and b) I loved the first book, it's cute and touching and makes you feel things. This book started off as fun too, and I enjoyed reading about Pollyanna's new adventures (of course, I predicted the development of most situations, but hey, it's a book for children and the author leaves a lot of clues floating around), especially how she met new friends and changed their I was excited about reading the continuation of Pollyanna, because a) until recently I hadn't known it existed (I'm slow, I know) and b) I loved the first book, it's cute and touching and makes you feel things. This book started off as fun too, and I enjoyed reading about Pollyanna's new adventures (of course, I predicted the development of most situations, but hey, it's a book for children and the author leaves a lot of clues floating around), especially how she met new friends and changed their lives, too. What I didn't like, however (and what makes me give it 4 stars (3.5 really, I can't decide between 3 and 4), was the romance. Why, why, why do you need to have romance in a book for children, even if Pollyanna does grow up? Why does there have to be a love triangle of sorts, then some weird stalemate where everyone has a wrong idea about who loves who (including some pretty gross theories), and then a happy ending where whole three couples get together within the same two pages. Basically, I do recommend the book, but prepare for some very childish, Pollyanna style "romance." ^^

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catarina

    I'm truly glad I found this book. I love the "Glad Books" so much and I though Pollyanna was a stand alone, so I was utterly happy when I found this one. Pollyanna was given to me by a dear friend who says she's reminded of Pollyanna when she hears me talk, because I always see the bright side of things. I grew up with book, I grew up a bit with Pollyanna, with her attitudes and her way of facing life: I cried onto this book and smacked it a lot into the table in the parts that frustrated me while I'm truly glad I found this book. I love the "Glad Books" so much and I though Pollyanna was a stand alone, so I was utterly happy when I found this one. Pollyanna was given to me by a dear friend who says she's reminded of Pollyanna when she hears me talk, because I always see the bright side of things. I grew up with book, I grew up a bit with Pollyanna, with her attitudes and her way of facing life: I cried onto this book and smacked it a lot into the table in the parts that frustrated me while screaming things as "HOW CAN YOU DO THIS???" and "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU??". Books that get reactions from me are my favourite type of books. This type of books become our friends and allies in growth and I lively recommend the two first Glad books since I haven't read the other ones and they are written by different authors.

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