Calm, cool, and collected Virgos: are you ready for the month ahead? Born between August 23rd and September 22nd, Virgos are ruled by the planet Mercury, grounded solidly in the element of earth. Virgos are steadfast, helpful, and precise and sometimes feel weighed down by worries and concerns. I see many days filled with goodwill projects, helping at the local soup kitchen, helping fund your best friend’s Kickstarter, and making sure your little sister is prepared to start middle school. Your caring nature is admired and appreciated, but don’t forget that you can’t solve all the world’s problems alone. It is important to let others help and support you to not feel overwhelmed. Also important is finding time to pick up a few books featuring practical and meticulous Virgos like you.
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
Natalie Sterling is a good girl and that’s how she likes it. She works hard at school, at student council, at life. She has clear goals and a clear path getting to those goals. Her senior year is going right on schedule when things get confusing. Natalie decides to take freshman Spencer under her wing to show her the ropes and how to be successful. Spencer, though, would rather have fun, date boys, pull pranks, and push the boundaries of what is considered “proper” behavior for young ladies. Natalie’s own idea of what it means to be “good” are challenged when she begins a secret relationship with a boy who is completely wrong for her and threatens to derail her plans. Assumptions are challenged, relationships are challenged, and Natalie must decide what’s more important, being good or being yourself.
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
Being the seventh son of a seventh son is very powerful. People have high expectations and awe for seventh sons of sevenths sons who have strong magical powers. Thirteenth children are viewed very differently, more a curse than a blessing, bringing bad fortune to their families. Eff understands exactly how it feels to be looked down on and feared while her twin brother Lan is elevated and praised. The twins have spent their lives navigating these roles and looking out for each other. When the family moves to the frontier, where magic is more wild and deadly, their roles become even more sharply drawn, Lan audacious and impulsive, Eff steady and dependable. As they encounter new creatures and new dangers, it becomes less obvious who exactly is the stronger magician and what that means for the twins’ futures.
Take a deep breath, Virgos, and get ready to dive right in. What are some other characters that feature Virgos who are practically perfect in every way?
— Amanda Margis, reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and listening to Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.