5 Strong Female Protagonists | Book Club Tuesday

Hey Guys,

Today is a great day for females, as it is International Women’s Day. Let’s hear it for women everywhere, from all corners of the Earth, this day is ours! Go on, treat yourself!

To celebrate, I thought I would share with you 5 female protagonists from books, that are strong and manage to empower women. They show us that we can do absolutely anything, even if it seems impossible to begin with. Men are not the only people who can make a difference, and here are the females that prove that:

Hazel Grace Lancaster (The Fault In Our Stars)

This girl here has Thyroid Cancer, and although she can talk about it in a defeatist way, she still manages to come back and fight, not just for herself but for others. She gives up her time for Augustus and helps Isaac in his time of need. How awesome is that?

Tris Prior (Divergent Trilogy)

Tris is Divergent, meaning she falls under every Faction possible, making people think she is somewhat dangerous or not like them. Although at first this may begin as a hindrance, Tris soon finds a way to use it to her advantage, and overcome certain social conventions.

Sephy (Noughts and Crosses)

You all know the story of the Civil Rights Movement right? Well Noughts and Crosses shows it the other way round. Sephy is a Cross, a girl of the ‘superior’ race, who falls for her best friend, Callum, a Nought, a boy of the ‘inferior’ race. This Romeo and Juliet styled love story, shows that colour has nothing to do with who a person is, and Sephy is right! You go girl! You fight those stereotypes.

Anna (Crush)

Anna is a 14 year old girl who gets involved with a guy called Will, who at first seems to truly care, but looks can be deceiving. He soon becomes abusive, and Anna is too caught up in the relationship that she can’t see it for herself. This book shows us another side to love, and that it may be difficult, but we can get out of these toxic relationships, and come out the other side stronger and much wiser.

Mia (If I Stay)

Mia is a young girl of musical talent, who along with her parents and brother, get caught in an accident which leaves her needing to make a huge decision, to fight or let go.

Who Are Your Favourite Female Protagonists?

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I Was Here Review | Book Club Tuesday

23507628Title: I Was Here

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Buy This Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

 ‘This characteristically powerful novel follows eighteen-year-old Cody Reynolds in the months following her best friend’s shocking suicide.

As Cody numbly searches for answers as to why Meg took her own life, she begins a journey of self-discovery which takes her to a terrifying precipice, and forces her to question not only her relationship with the Meg she thought she knew, but her own understanding of life, love, death and forgiveness.

A phenomenally moving story, I Was Here explores the sadly all-too-familiar issue of suicide and self-harm, addressing it in an authentic way with sensitivity and honesty.’


Gayle Forman, the author of one of my favourite books, If I Stay, managed to wow me and take my breath away once again, but this time with I Was Here. I love her writing style, and story telling, but why always death Gayle? Why?

The main characters are Cody, who we follow throughout, and her best friend Meg who just like Marley in a Christmas Carol, is dead to begin with, but remains at the forefront of everybody’s minds, especially Cody’s.

From the very beginning, Cody gives off a sense of being in control and having complete confidence, but we soon learn that this is just a facade, as later on you see her as timid and more frightened than she will want to let people know. There is this vulnerability which allows for the audience to feel connected to her.

Meg as a character is also lovable, but is portrayed as being almost perfect. She had characteristics of someone I could not relate to at all. She was a bit unrealistic to me, but I still felt bad for her.

The main plot idea revolves around Cody who leaves for Tacoma, the place where Meg had attended University. She clears out her stuff and leads to her doing a proper investigation into her best friends death, as certain details didn’t quite add up.

Whilst there, Cody befriends some of Megs roommates, as well as meeting Ben Mcallister, a guy Meg was infatuated with. There is a romantic connection between the two, but I feel as though it wasn’t explored enough.

This is the perfect book for anybody who wants to be broken into pieces and taken on a journey of emotion.

Lonely Girl Awards I Was Here: 4 / 5 Happy Faces

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