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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

    May 29, 2014
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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!

  2. SuperReaderGirl

    SuperReaderGirl Forum Owner Staff Member

    Feb 9, 2014
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    S. by J. J. Abrams
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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

    steffee Active Member

    Dec 14, 2005
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    Currently Reading:
    Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives In North Korea
    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.
    From Amazon:
    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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