15 Awesome Books With Strong Female Protagonists

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15 Awesome Books With Strong Female Protagonists

If you're searching for novels with strong female characters look no further. These female characters are messy, confused, depressed, hopeful, nostalgic, and inspirational. You might see yourself in some of them, or you might wish to emulate others. Regardless of what you want out of them, they are strong female characters that prove women are a force to be reckoned with.

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1. How Hard Can It Be?

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From the author that brought you I Don't Know How She Does It comes the continuation of protagonist, Kate Reddy's story.

With her fiftieth birthday looming, Kate has now entered a phase of her life that isn't glamorous: impossible teenagers and a husband who is hitting a midlife crisis. Kate, (like most women) is just trying to keep it all together. With humor and honesty, you'll catch yourself thinking "it's funny because it's true".

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2. Still Water

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This gripping and edgy story showcases what women go through to escape their dangerous pasts. The small-town of High Water houses troubled women who need to escape, but when a mother and son go missing, protagonist Clare must get answers, her life depends on it.

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3. The Wildlands

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When a tornado ravages their home, Darlene, Jane, and Cora are left without parents. And soon, their brother, Tucker abandons them. Years later, after a mysterious bomb goes off in their town, charismatic Tucker is back in their lives, asking 10-year-old Cora for help. With skillful prose, you'll sympathize with Cora, a girl who must learn how to differentiate between love and family.

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4. Goodbye, Sweet Girl

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Goodbye, Sweet Girl is a story of domestic violence and survival, written by Kelly Sundberg, who experienced abuse at the hands of her husband. A strong and empowering memoir, the layers of Sundberg's life are utterly inspiring. For more information on domestic abuse please visit The National Domestic Violence hotline here.

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5. You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a strong female force. Although a character, she is not, her sudden popularity has rolled out a new generation of fans. In this handy book, you'll have access to witty quotes from the Supreme Court justice, so everyday you can be reminded of greatness and inspiration.

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6. The Red Sparrow Trilogy

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The Red Sparrow trilogy has garnered a lot of praise, thanks in part to author, Jason Matthews's 33 year background in the CIA. With a tantalizing female lead, not only do these books keep your heart racing, but you'll try to "figure out" Dominika over the course of three novels.

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7. Room

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If you haven't read Emma Donoghue's novel, Room, I beg you to start reading it immediately. The story of Jack, and his Ma, who live in a single room will have engulfed from the first page. Beautifully executed on screen, the novel was adapted into a movie which earned actress, Brie Larson her first Academy Award.

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8. Sweetbitter

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If you haven't heard of Sweetbitter, I feel a little sorry for you. The story of Tess, a 21-year-old who moves to New York with big dreams but finds herself working at one of the most popular restaurants in the city instead, is a fresh story on the age old tale. And Tess isn't a perfect protagonist but that's where you just might relate to her.

While it is a book about growing up and finding oneself, the incorporation of food, wine, scents, and taste elevate this novel to higher levels. Better yet, once you're done reading it, you can check out the television adaptation on Starz, May 6th.

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9. Little Women

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The classic tale was ahead of it's time with the depiction of strong female characters. The story of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy prove that stories about individuality, female empowerment, and sisterhood are timeless.

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10. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

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Breaking the boundaries of science and gender, Rise of the Rocket Girls is the true story of these female "human computers". Rocket scientists do exist and in the 40s and 50s they were women. And while they did not get the recognition they deserved, this book pays homage to the girls.

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11. Self-Help

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The story of three women, in various stages of their life will surely drive home the notion that no one is perfect, and we certainly can stop trying to be anything other than ourselves.

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12. The Handmaid's Tale

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Living in our society isn't easy for women, living in a dystopian society where the government owns your body, a bit harder. A fantastic read for anyone looking to witness women overpowering their abusers.

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13. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

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Author, Brittney Cooper reminds women that they don't have to settle for less in life. With feminism, friendship, and faith, women can rule the world.

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14. Matilda

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The story of a magical little girl is sweet as it is empowering. Matilda battles evil adults all the while remembering the good things in life; books. A children's classic that reminds adults to live a little.

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15. Gone Girl

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Amy isn't the perfect protagonist, but she is realistic. And as flawed as she is, readers can't help but understand parts of her story, mainly her breakdown of the "cool girl" fallacy.

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