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It isn’t the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh – I really think that requires spirit.

It’s the kind of character that I am going to develop. I am going to pretend that all life is just a game which I must play as skilfully and fairly as I can. If I lose, I am going to shrug my shoulders and laugh – also if I win.

Daddy-Long-Legs by: Jean Webster

Initial Thoughts: Lately, I’ve been borrowing books instead of buying them. It is not just for financial reasons (after all, books do add up!) but also for space reasons. I am nearly out of room on my bookshelves. So, sometimes it is better to borrow books than to add them to the collection. As for this book, I NEED it for my collection. I loved it so much! It is one of my favourite books that I read this year, and I absolutely need a physical copy. The problem is, it is no longer as popular as it used to be. Where oh where am I going to find a copy!


Young Judy Abbott has been saved from life at the orphanage by a generous–and anonymous–guardian. He will pay for her education if she promises to write to him every month. Judy writes the most exuberant and lively letters–packed with laughs, and tales of friendship and college life. Judy’s having so much fun she can scarcely stop writing…

The Review

A sweet book and an absolute delight!

Jerusha “Judy” Abbott is an orphan who has spent the first 17 years of her life at an orphanage until a mysterious benefactor “Daddy-Long-Legs” offers to pay for her education. The only thing Judy knows about this mysterious man is that he is tall and rich. Judy isn’t expected to pay back the money for her education except to learn how to become a better writer and to write letters at least once a month to “Daddy-Long-Legs.”

This book is told in epistolary format (through Judy’s letters) and chronicles her four years in college from age 17 to 21. Judy’s letters immediately reminded me of my first year in university when I wrote letters to my grandmother to keep her entertained while she was bedridden. My letters sounded a lot like Judy’s, the excitement to learn new things, the newness of life outside of home, and the blossoming romantic intrigues here and there.

Judy is an absolutely delightful character who likes to tell-it-like-it-is. She doesn’t sugar coat her opinions of people and she doesn’t mind admitting that there is a lot about the world that she doesn’t know. Her innocence and naïveté make her endearing and relatable.

I would recommend this book to fans of Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. And, I wish this book was more popular! Truly, it is a must-read!

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About the Book

Title: Daddy-Long-Legs

Author: Jean Webster

Year Published: 1912

Pages: 181

Genres & Subjects: Fiction, young adult, epistolary, romance, coming-of-age

Until next time,