Frantic Puppy Protagonists

They’re adorable and you love them, but do they ever do anything useful?

In the summer of 2021, I read a very popular YA fantasy. Very popular — more than 750,000 ratings on Goodreads and more than 12,000 Amazon reviews. It enjoys a 4+ star rating on both sites. It was a few years old, but it was one of those I kept meaning to pick up, so when I finally got around to it, I was pretty excited to read it.

About halfway through, though, I realized the protagonist hadn’t … done anything. She had been kidnapped…



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