A review by everydayreading
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


The plot is certainly basic enough fairy-tale material, but Hale makes it something really wonderful. I haven't enjoyed a book as much as I did this one in quite a long time. It read quickly, but I felt that it had substance. It didn't feel, as so much has recently, like junk food. Perhaps the thing I appreciated most was a heroine I really liked and could admire. Ani is a very real character, well-developed, with actions and emotions that feel natural and uncontrived. So many of the female lead characters in books seem flat, petty, or stereotypical. If I had a daughter, I'd want her to have literary role models like Ani - smart, self-sufficient, unafraid, and caring.

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