Annie by Thomas Meehan {Book Review}

I’ve been trying to get back into classic books over the years, and it’s not always easy because the writing can be outdated compared to our modern lives and the situations surrounding them.

‘Annie’ was a book that I bought at a second-hand store many moons ago on my quest to start collecting classics.

Classics aren’t my go-to so it took a few years to read it. Earlier this year I wanted to sit down with a quick read and chose this book because 188 pages would be easy to finish in one sitting.

Everyone has surely heard of the book, the rags to riches story of an orphan setting out to find her parents. If you haven’t read the book, you’ve most probably heard of the musical it was inspired by. Both were inspired by the ‘Little Orphan Annie’ cartoon strip, dating originally from the 1920’s.

It’s a good book to use to introduce classics to children.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Book review: Annie by Thomas Meehan #bookreview


12 year old Annie is an orphan. After many years she has to face the fact that her parents aren’t coming back for her.

Annie decides to run away from the orphanage in hopes of finding her parents. She soon realises that the living on the streets isn’t a fairytale, but anywhere is better than the orphanage she has spent her whole life in.

Her journey takes her on an adventure, making new friends, facing hardships and ultimately finding a home in the unlikeliest of places.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

It’s a moving story about a little girl’s determination to find her parents and be reunited as a family. You feel the emotions moving you as the story goes along and if the orphanage scenes don’t bring tears to your eyes, you probably don’t have a heart.

The book is short and written in easy readable language that is appropriate for children to read and enjoy. I would suggest from the age of 10 as understanding what you’re reading and the emotions accompanying the story is important.

The book is littered with good lessons as well as hardships to captivate the reader with the struggles faced and the triumphs of overcoming them.

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

While I know everyone should be rooting for Annie, I found the ending to be too perfect? I know that’s not really a good way of looking at it, based on the story and her life, but it was just all too easily concluded at the end.


It’s a good book for when you want something quick to read and looking for something emotionally moving.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.11 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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  1. I agree, I think so many books from this era had a too perfect ending. And maybe that’s just because of the times or something, I’m not sure. I think it’s been interesting to read books for kids now and compare to the ones we read as kids, totally different. 🙂

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