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The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I’ve noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles.

The Girls Who Started It All:

king_girl who loved tom gordon chevalier_girl with a pearl earring larsson_girl with the dragon tattoo
The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:

 durrow_girl who fell from the sky moyes_girl you left behind croft_girl with no past
carey_girl with all the gifts hawkins_girl on the train olsen_girl before
And let’s not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not to mention similar color schemes! — but this Girl is striking out on her own.

schumer_girl with the lower back tattoo

(Trisha — The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon — and Melanie — The Girl with All the Gifts — are the only two of these female protagonists who are still girls, but I guess The Woman Who… just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Also: the patriarchy.) Now a new generation of Girls is coming up in books for children and teens.

Here’s The Girl I Remember from the Eighties (Who Recently Got a Makeover):

roberts_girl with the silver eyes roberts_girl with the silver eyes new cover 
The Girl Who Really Kicked It Off for Kids’ Books:

valente_girl who circumnavigated

There are Girls headlining YA novels…

heilig_girl from everywhere henry_girl i used to be miller_girl with the wrong name parker_girl who fell
…intermediate novels…

barnhill_girl who drank the moon rivers_girl in the well is me schroeder_girl in the tower
…and even picture books.

hirsch_girl with the parrot on her head

Makes sense to me that girls and women would be confronting villains and bullies, time-traveling, doing magic, and generally kicking ass and taking names in books across a range of genres and intended audiences. After all, you know what Queen Bey says about who runs the world.

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Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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