I am reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games right now. The main character is a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen. She’s smart, strong, resourceful, and self-aware, all good qualities for anyone, but especially for a young woman who’s about to fight for her life (don’t tell me…I’m only halfway through the book). Some students in my 4th hour class and I were talking about this book today, and one of the boys said he thought he might read that book but he thought it was a girls book, so he decided not to. That made me wonder if boys will avoid books with strong female characters or if they think they won’t be able to relate? What do you think? Do boys tend to avoid those kinds of books? I’m not talking about teen romance fiction or so-called “chick lit.” I’m talking about interesting stories, even adventure stories, like The Hunger Games, that happen to have female protagonists. Is the opposite also true, that girls will avoid books with strong male protagonists?