We at RT love love. Which makes Valentine’s Day basically like our Superbowl and Oscar Night all rolled into one. This year, to celebrate, we’re championing all the amazing fictional women who have inspired us over our lives. Because who runs the world? Girls! All week long authors will be weighing in on their favorite heroine of all time, and readers can vote for their favorite. Then on Friday, we’ll vote amongst the finalists to crown Our Favorite Heroine of All Time! And confetti shall rain down on us all!
Yesterday, we chose between Bridget Jones and Georgette Heyer’s Sophy. Today, let’s see who Christina Lauren and Pintip Dunn nominate! Don’t forget to vote at the bottom of the post!
A book that has consistently stuck with us throughout our writing career, and which we both re-read at least once a year, is The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. While it isn’t an overtly sexual book, there are many heart swooping moments to be found here. Lennon (aka Lennie) is nearly swelling with emotion and confusion after the death of her sister. She is a girl struggling to find a path forward, through the tangle of sadness, and loss, and anger. She meets the adorable Joe Fontaine—who is a favorite in his own right—and finds him as irresistible as we do. What we love about Lennie is that she’s young, and views the world through hopeful eyes even despite her gutting loss. But she isn’t perfect; in her journey to recover and live her own life, she messes up; she hurts people. But she owns it, and she fixes it, and she grows from it—right in front of our eyes. It is a romance for audiences of all ages, and absolutely a book at the very top of our recommendations. — Christina Lauren
My favorite heroine is Maggie Beaumont from Kristan Higgins’s Catch Of The Day. I couldn’t help but root for Maggie from the first page — from the first sentence, even. Maggie is good and kind, which is a given for nearly all of my book BFFs. But she’s not perfect — far from it. She’s in love with a priest, after all, and her good deeds are tempered by “selfish” reasons. For example, she brings casseroles to her tenant so that she may keep the elderly woman from accidentally burning the house down. She also volunteers at nearly every charity event in town in the hopes of meeting an eligible man. These small imperfections just make Maggie all the more real. The best way I can describe her is this: sinking into Maggie’s voice is like spending time with your best friend after being battered and beaten by the world. Nobody knows this better than me. A few years ago, I was having a tough time. I didn’t know how I was going to exist from one minute to the next, much less make it through the long, sleepless night. Enter Maggie Beaumont. Her light humor soothed me like a balm, and her adventures were a hug telling me everything was going to be okay. By the time I turned the last page, the sun was rising, and the mere act of existing no longer seemed like an insurmountable task. So, I’d like to thank Kristan Higgins from the bottom of my heart. That night, Maggie did for me what a real-life best friend would — and I didn’t even have to feel guilty about imposing on her. — Pintip Dunn
Who’s your favorite heroine? Round Two
Follow along all week as we celebrate our favorite heroines of all time — and pick our all time favorite! After you vote, why not pick up Christina Lauren’s latest, Beautiful here: Amazon | BN.com | Kobo | iTunes | GooglePlay. Or Pintip Dunn’s Remember Yesterday, here: Amazon | BN.com | Kobo | iTunes | GooglePlay.