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Looking for fiction recommendations w/strong female lead - clean w/no violence or mental illness

Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by Gerri, May 29, 2014.

  1. Gerri

    Gerri New Member

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    Hello everyone! I'm looking for reading recommendations with some specific criteria:

    - current or historical fiction
    - strong, intelligent female lead, preferably in her 20s or 30s
    - funny
    - possibly romantic
    - not too shallow
    - not too predictable
    - happy ending

    Absolutely must not contain:
    - violence, cruelty, war, mental or physical abuse, torture
    - explicit content
    - mental illness or depression
    - miscarriage

    An example that I think fits these criteria well would be "Pride and Prejucide", but of course I'm looking for other recommendations.

    Thank you so much!

    Gerri
     
  2. SuperReaderGirl

    SuperReaderGirl Forum Owner Staff Member

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    Those are difficult criteria to fill..... :) I think most of the books I've read have had some violence, cruelty, or war ....or some degree of mental illness.

    Maybe try Miss Spitfire - historical fiction about Helen Keller's teacher....pretty predictable though

    I suppose you could try a light-hearted contemporary Young Adult fiction book. I just finished reading To Be Perfectly Honest, which is a novel written in verse (so it's a pretty quick read) and I thought it was not entirely predictable....but now that I'm thinking about it, some of the character actions could be construed as cruel....

    These may be good for you:

    Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
    One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt
    Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    Life, Liberty, & Pursuit (I think there may be a brief bar fight) by Susan K. Quinn
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
    I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
    Wife 22 by Melanie Giddeon
    Sean Griswold's Head - by Lindsey Leavitt
     
  3. steffee

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    What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty. The protagonist does suffer from a fall, causing memory loss, but this isn't mental illness and doesn't cause her - or anyone - suffering.
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    I find it hard to find examples of books without any suffering whatsoever, that aren't predictable. In fact, Pride and Prejudice also contains suffering. And is a bit predictable.
     

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