That Girl…Books with “girl” in the title

Who remembers Marlo Thomas in That Girl? Photo:
Who remembers Marlo Thomas in That Girl? Photo:

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed that there are a lot of books out there about that girl.  She’s on a train, she’s in Boston, and then she’s gone.  She’s good, she has a tattoo and wears a pearl earring.  She’s playing with fire and kicking a hornet’s nest.  First she’s in pieces and then she’s interrupted.  You get the idea!

I’ve read and enjoyed many of these and now I’ve added more to my list.  And there are even more “girl” books out there.  Just do a search on Amazon and you will see what I mean.

Calmer Girls by Jennifer Kelland Perry

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Razor Girl by Carl Hiassen

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Girl by Rachel Blakeman

The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

“The Girl on the Plane” by Mary Gaitskill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Last Girl by Joe Hart

The Munich Girl by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich

And of course there’s this one, which stands alone.

Anne Frank:  The Diary of a Young Girl


What girl books have you read?  Can you add to my list?

Calmer Girls  gonegirl  the boston girl  The Good Girl  The Girl on the Train 

the girl with the dragon tattoo pic  The Girl who played with fire pic  The girl who kicked the hornet's nest pic  Girl with a Pearl Earring  The Munich Girl


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18 thoughts on “That Girl…Books with “girl” in the title

  1. Haha! Yep, I’ve noticed the trend and laughed at it. However in Stieg Larsson’s defence his book in the original is ‘Men Who Hate Women’! Not a girl in sight! Also at the moment rather overwhelmed with all the books with’Christmas’ in the title! 😀

    1. Yes you are right about Larsson – his books are different from these other ones. Lisbeth Salander is one of my favorite kick-ass characters (can I say that?)! And yes there are many many Christmas books out there – more than I even knew. Thanks for reading and commenting, Annika.

  2. Great post, but there is something troubling about referring to women as “girls.” How much different would the titles be if you replaced “girl” with “woman”? The Woman who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The Woman with a Pearl Earring. Just had to put that out there. 😉

    1. It’s a great point Jeff. I think it’s all about marketing. Somehow a girl doing all these things sounds more interesting to the buyer. Just a guess. What would Helen Reddy say about all these book titles? Haha!

  3. What a post! Especially since I’ve read so many of these “girl” books. I just realized it! I wonder what it is about the word ‘girl” that is so appealing to writers and readers?

      1. I agree! Wish I could fit ‘girl’ into one of my titles but I think it would be too terrible.
        Have a wonderful time with your kids – I loved having them home full time except for the flashlights in the eyes at 5 AM on Christmas morning!

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