The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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RATING: 4/5 stars

Genre: Children’s Classic


About this Book:

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?

Review:

I never liked people and people never liked me.

Mary “Quite the contrary” is indeed a disagreeable spoiled girl who is rude at best and completely bratty at worst. But the thing is, no one ever told her how to be anything else. When the book starts, I sort of hated her while also pitying her at the same time.
Then a tragedy happens and suddenly I felt for her. That was it. Got hooked with the book.
Then she moves to her uncle’s mansion and things start getting interesting because (a) a new place to explore (b) new characters come and (c) Mary finally realizes that she can’t be dependent on everyone now.
The Secret garden isn’t just a book about the magic in nature but has an essence of what helps three ignored and misunderstood kids feel connected and important. Mary believes herself to be dislikeable and is struggling with solitude when a Robin takes her to this garden filled with possibilities.
Colin has been ignored by his father his entire life and he stays alone stuck in a room. He believes he is going to die and for him Mary and the garden bring hope.
Now Dickon might just be my favourite character throughout the book. An animal-charmer they say. But he is the person who spends more time with animals than humans and in that way he is kinda like Mary and Colin because they dislike people as well. Humans are overrated anyway. This book made me smile and my heart fill up with goodness. the writing isn’t something that gives you goosebumps but it is like a faint whisper that makes you feel giddy inside. i am glad I picked this book up.

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