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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.


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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