Friday Fiction: Miranda and the Warrior

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Miranda and the Warrior coverMiranda and the Warrior

This is a teen romance paperback. There doesn’t seem to be anything overtly sexual about this book, which is nice for teens. It follows the same formula of many adult historical romance novels:

-Woman is kidnapped

-Woman hates her captor

-Woman has to admit, though, that her captor is quite handsome.

-Woman realizes that her captor isn’t so bad. In fact, she might just love him!

There’s nothing wrong with a little brain candy, and I take no issue with romance novels. In fact, most of the reviewers on Amazon liked this book. What makes it an awful library book is a combination of its age, its condition (it is being held together with LOTS of tape and many pages come loose from the binding when you try to turn them), and it’s general expendability.

That’s right, it’s expendable. Librarians have to make choices when the shelves get too full, and this one is easily replaceable with something else (another historical romance for teens, hopefully). I’m not suggesting we don’t put this kind of thing in the collection. I’m saying we rotate them with new things like them more frequently.


Miranda and the Warrior back cover


  1. “What makes it an awful library book is a combination of its age, its condition, … and it’s general expendability.” To this list, I’d add racial stereotyping.

  2. I’m sure there’s a fascinating novel to be written about the incredibly complex web of emotional and cultural problems that occurred when Native American tribes kidnapped settlers (rather than killing them, as settlers did to Native Americans). This is not that novel.

  3. Funny thing is, this book is in my library’s teen collection…along with the other Avon True Romance books.

  4. Ugh. See: Margret Atwood, Madame Bovary. At least we know where they got the creepy plotlines for Pirates of the Caribbean. Ugh.

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