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The Goose Girl What's Up With the Ending?

By Shannon Hale

What's Up With the Ending?

In the end, they all lived happily ever after… or the good guys do at least. If you love a novel where all the good characters get a dream ending, and all the baddies get punished, then this is the novel for you. It's pretty satisfying to see Selia get her just deserts for stealing Ani's wardrobe and identity, and to see Ani finally get out of the goose girl gig and back in the palace where she belongs.

But just because Ani's regal again, don't go thinking she's forgotten where she's come from—she's still Ani from the block. Okay, technically speaking she's from a palace, but our point is that she doesn't forget about her trusty friends from her days as a worker just because she's wearing fancy dresses again. In the end, Ani stands up to the king and all his advisors to make sure he (1) doesn't attack her home country, and (2) lets the forest workers get their javelin like the rest of the Bayern dudes.

Perhaps the best news of all, though, is that Ani doesn't have to marry some young punk prince. Instead Geric—a.k.a. the guy she's been crushing this entire time—is the prince she's destined to marry. As far as endings go, they don't get much happier than this one.

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