Thursday, February 28, 2008


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?


  1. I completely agree about Jamie Sullivan..I read the book first..then saw the movie and Mandy Moore did an awesome job of portraying her (in my opinion!) Have a great weekend...its almost here!

  2. Oooh, sounds like I need to check out Stargirl!

    And how can you not love Stephanie Plum, right?

  3. Stephanie Plum is excellent. I'm going to have to read Stargirl

  4. I really need to read the Stephanie Plum novels!! Where have I been? A Walk to Remember was such a touching story.

  5. Can't remember the name but the young herione from Flipped by Van Draanen is an amazing role model for tween girls.

  6. bungeegal: i saw the movie first, and then read the book - and i think i like the movie better! i agree that Mandy Moore was terrific!

    debi: you and Annie both ought to check out Stargirl!

    alix: and you ought to check out Stargirl too! :)

    trish: Stephanie Plum is not great literature by any means, but she's just so much fun! one of my guilty pleasures!

    stacey: i've had Flipped on my to-read list for a while; i'll definitely have to get to it soon! (my 17yo daughter read it several years ago.)

  7. Stargirl has always looked intriguing to me. I have been giving myself permission to read more young adult fiction and this one might have to make it onto my list!