Review: Ana of California by Andi Teran.


Title: Ana of California

.Author: Andi Teran

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher: Penguin Books

Release Date: Jun 30, 2015

 It’s Ana, one n, like ‘fauna’, not Anna like ‘banana’

About the book:

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

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.

My thoughts:

Ana of California is a coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables. Just like Anne, Ana Cortez has spent years in the foster system. She’s finally being sent to live with Abbie and Emmett at the Garber Farm in Hadley, Northern California.

Ana and Anne are different, yet the same. Much like Anne, Ana is dramatic, dreamy, talkative and has an uncontrolled hair, in her words; the bane of my feral existence.

My mouth gets me in trouble all the time; you can ask Mrs. Saucedo or any of the foster parents or teachers I’ve had in, I don’t know, the past ten years.

Ana is also nothing like Anne. She’s Mexican. She looks like Frida Hayek. She likes art and poetry. Her favorite novel is Kafka on the shore. Her best friend Rye is a Chinese Native American. And The Hex is her life’s soundtrack. She’s a fierce spirit nevertheless.

Before reading the novel I was very skeptical about the idea of retelling of one of my favorite classics. Andi proved me wronged. Not only she managed to keep the spirit of the original characters but she added a modern-day twist to them.

So if you’re looking for an excellent diverse YA to read this summer. Hurry up and grab a copy of Ana of California.

About the author: 

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.

You might also enjoy:

Ana of California: A Playlist. 

Diversity in YA.

– Does Race Matter If Books, Like ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ Touch Your Heart?

Book Club Kit.

Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Books for the review copy!


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