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More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!”

Well, fear not, voracious reader, because here’s another round of Completely Unoriginal Feminine Book Titles!

It’s only March, and those of us in the office have seen 5 novels with wife in the title, 22 with daughter, and a whopping 80 (!!) with girl, all of which will be published in 2017. (Including the Can Opener’s DaughterYes, you heard that right! The title fits this absurd graphic novel our reviewer said will appeal to “teens who enjoy surrealism and have a mind for shaping their own destinies.”)

In contrast, we’ve only seen three father, four son, six husband, and a respectable 22 boy books. Check out this will-it-ever-end trend below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. Bonus points to Julia Quinn, Jane Corry, and Elana K. Arnold for titles that make both the male and female lists!


WivesCasanova's Secret Wife

Casanova’s Secret Wife, by Barbara Lynn-Davis

The Half Wives, by Stacia Pelletier

 My Husband’s Wifeby Jane Corry

The Twilight Wife, by A. J. Banner

The Young Wives Clubby Julie Pennell




The Glassmaker's DaughterDaughters

Big Red’s Daughter/Tokyo Doll, by John McPartland

The Captain’s Daughter, by Jennifer Delamere

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, by Leonard Goldberg

Daughter of the Pirate Kingby Tricia Levenseller

The Daughters of Ireland, by Santa Montefiore

The Devil’s Daughter, by Katee Robert

The Diplomat’s Daughter, by Karin Tanabe

The Dream Keeper’s Daughter, by Emily Colin

The Freemason’s Daughter, by Shelley Sackier

Gather the Daughters, by Jennie Melamed

The Glassmaker’s Daughter, by Dianne Hofmeyr

The Good Daughterby Alexandra Burt

The Hollywood Daughterby Kate Alcott

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, by Jean E. Pendziwol

The Lost Daughter Collective, by Lindsey Drager

The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne

The Mermaid’s Daughterby Ann Claycomb

The Monster’s Daughter: Book 2 of the Ministry of Suits, by Paul Gamble

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss

The Velveteen Daughter, by Laurel Davis Huber

The Vicar’s Daughter, by Josi S. Kilpack

The Warden’s Daughterby Jerry Spinelli



A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Placeby Courtney Yasmineh

A Psalm for Lost Girlsby Katie Bayerl

Bad Girl Gone, by Temple Mathews

Beautiful Broken Girlsby Kim Savage

Girl Called SidneyThe Blacksmith’s Girl, by Rosemary Aitken

The Bloom Girls, by Emily Cavanagh

Brave New Girl, by Rachel Vincent

Bug Girl, by Benjamin Harper

Calico Girlby Jerdine Nolen

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vetby Jacqueline Kelly

Daddy’s Girl, by Helen Foster James

Danny and the Dinosaur and the Girl Next Door, by Syd Hoff

Dead Girls Dancing, by Graham Masterton

Dead Little Mean Girl, by Eva Darrows

Elegies for Uncanny Girls, by Jennifer Colville

The Extra Girl, by Nicole M. Taylor

Factory Girlby Josanne La Valley

Final Girls, by Riley Sager

Beautiful Broken GirlsThe Football Girl, by Thatcher Heldring

The Forgotten Girl, by Rio Youers

The Forgotten Girlsby Owen Laukkanen

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Betsy Bird

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, by Lauren Karcz

 The Girl Beforeby JP Delaney

The Girl Betweenby Lisa Strømme

The Girl from Old Nichol, by Betty Annand

The Girl from Rawbloodby Catriona Ward

The Girl in Between, by Sarah Carroll

Dead Girls DancinGirl in Disguiseby Greer Macallister

 The Girl in Greenby Derek B. Miller

Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafka

The Girl in the Gardenby Melanie Wallace

Girl Last Seen, by Nina Laurin

The Girl of the Lake, by Bill Roorbach

The Girl on the Bridge, by James Hayman

Girl on the Leeside, by Kathleen Anne Kenney

Girl out of Water, by Laura Silverman

The Girl Who Cried Wolf, by Steve Smallman

The Girl Who Knew Too Much, by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Was Takenby Charlie Donlea

Girl with a Camera: Margaret Bourke-White, Photographerby Carolyn Meyer

The Girl with Kaleidoscope EyesThe Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes, by David Handler

The Girl with the Ghost Machine, by Lauren DeStefano

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, by Julia Quinn

The Girls of Ennismore, by Patricia Falvey

Glimmer Girls Light up New York, by Natalie Grant

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Exby Gabrielle Williams

 Just a Girlby Carrie Mesrobian

Just Another Girlby Elizabeth Eulberg

Ladybug Girl’s Day Out with Grandpa, by Jacky Davis

The Lake and the Lost Girl, by Jacquelyn Vincenta

Local Girl Missing, by Claire Douglas

The Lost Girl of Astor Streetby Stephanie Morrill

Magic for Unlucky GirlsLost Girls, by Merrie Destefano

Lucky Broken Girlby Ruth Behar

Lucky Girl, by Amanda Maciel

Lullaby Girl, by Aly Sidgwick

The Magdalen Girlsby V. S. Alexander

Magic for Unlucky Girlsby A. A. Balaskovits

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls, by Beth McMullen

My Future Ex-Girlfriend, by Jake Gerhardt

Orphan Train Girl, by Christina Baker Kline

Otto and the New Girl, by Nan Walker

Party Girls Die in Pearls, by Plum Sykes

The Promise Girlsby Marie Bostwick

The Roanoke Girlsby Amy Engel

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl, by Paige McKenzie

Secrets of Southern Girls, by Haley Harrigan

Shy Girl & Shy Guy, by Kiersi Burkhart

Swimming with Bridgeport GirlsStay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List, by Kate Klise

Such a Good Girl, by Amanda K. Morgan

Swimming with Bridgeport Girls, by Anthony Tambakis

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Laneby Lisa See

The Trapped Girlby Robert Dugoni

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets Worldby Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

What Girls Are Made Ofby Elana K. Arnold

Where the Lost Girls Go, by R. J. Noonan

Who’s That Girl, by Blair Thornburgh

The Year of Needy Girlsby Patricia Smith

You Throw like a Girlby Rachele Alpine


Kill the FatherFathers

Autopsy of a Father, by Pascale Kramer

Father’s Road, by Ji-yun Jang

 Kill the Fatherby Sandonre Dazieri



Everybody’s Son, by Thirty Umrigar

The Gold-Son, by Carrie Anne Noble

Son of a Kitchen Witch, by Tim Hemlin

Trophy Son, by Douglas Brunt


My Husband's WifeHusbands

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, by Julia Quinn

It’s Always the Husband, by Michele Campbell

The Loving Husband, by Christobel Kent

 My Husband’s Wifeby Jane Corry

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid



A Boy Called Batby Elana K. Arnold

Boy, by Blake Nelson

The Boy in the Earth, by Fuminori Nakamura

The Boy on the Bridge, by M. R. Carey

The Boy Who Cried, by Khoa Le

Boy Xby Dan Smith

Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy!, by Thomas Flintham

The Goldfish Boyby Lisa Thompson

Sparkle BoyHey, Boy, by Benjamin Strouse

How to Break a Boy, by Laurie Devore

Ice Boyby David Ezra Stein

Little Boy Lost, by J. D. Trafford

Lost Boys, by Darcey Rosenblatt

 Lucky Boyby Shanthi Sekaran

Moone Boy: The Marvellous Activity Manual, by Chris O’Dowd

New Boy, by Tracy Chevalier

One of the Boysby Daniel Magariel

Rocket Boy, by Damon Lehrer

Roosevelt’s Boys, by John C. Horst

Soldier Boy, by Keely Hutton

Sparkle Boy, by Lesléa Newman

Two Lost Boys, by L. F. Robertson


About the Author:

Biz Hyzy works as an editorial assistant for Booklist's Adult Books department, where she pilfers the most appealing ARCs before anyone else gets the chance. Besides reading, she enjoys swing dancing and ninja training (though, in her case, both include a lot of bumbling around).

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  1.' Leslie Easterhouse says:

    Why is it so important to have female attributes listed in the titles? I order many books for adjudicated young men in our facility, and 85% of the YA books are about/for girls!! My boys like some of the books, but sure would appreciate MORE with young men as the main characters and subject. It is a difficult process to collate a list of contemporary YA fiction for boys.

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