When Marnie Was There
Joan G. Robinson
HarperCollins Children's Books
July 31, 2014
A major motion picture adaptation by Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Arrietty. Anna hasn't a friend in the world -- until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems... Sent away from her foster home one long, hot summer to a sleepy Norfolk village by the sea, Anna dreams her days away among the sandhills and marshes. She never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, someone who doesn't judge Anna for being ordinary and not-even-trying. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than Marnie vanishes...
The anime pretty much follows the book until the ending, which cuts out the part with the Linsdays.
Yes Marnie and Anna say they love each other. So that whole “queer baiting” thing is in the book too if you want to call it that. It’s pretty much that Marnie was forced to marry Edward and then had kids.
Overall the book is pretty good if you like slice of life type books were not much happens and there’s no super magic stuff going on.
I felt the part with the Lindsays was drawn out a bit much. They are mostly there to get you hyped for the big reveal of who Marnie was.