Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one ... I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)
The first name that popped into my head was Stephanie Plum of Janet Evanovich's comedic mysteries. Stephanie is just a lot of fun! She gets into all kinds of trouble as a not-completely-competent bounty hunter, and she's got two hot guys that help her pick up the pieces. (For the record, I'm a Ranger Babe, not a Morelli Cupcake.)
Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl is one of my all-time favorite books, and the eccentric, compassionate, nonconformist girl named Stargirl is my hero! (I just read the sequel Love, Stargirl - my review is forthcoming - which reminded me how much I love this character.)
Another teenage girl I love is Jamie Sullivan from Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember. Portrayed by Mandy Moore in the film version, Jamie is the type of girl I want my daughters to be, someone who knows who she is and knows what she wants and who makes the world the better place for having been in it.
Who are your favorite female protaganists?
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