Harriet the Spy
Why this book?
Because Harriet is adventurous, lonely, and resourceful. Harriet taught me that friendships and life are hard, that community and relationships and valuable, necessary, and always worth fighting for. She showed me that when your own family doesn’t feel safe you can create another family comprised of whomever you choose. She also taught me ways to be in a relationship with myself so that I never needed to feel bored. Harriet the Spy was great, great company. I never looked at alone time the same after reading about her. She is a bonafide heroine to me, even today.