“Annabeth came up to me. She was dressed in black camouflage with her Celestial bronze knife strapped to her arm and her laptop bag slung over her shoulder—ready for stabbing or surfing the Internet, whichever came first.”
― Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian
Age: From 12 years old into her teens through out the series.
Appearance: blonde curly hair, gray eyes, very athletic, very intelligent
Residence: Camp Half Blood, Long Island, NY
Where to find her:
Annabeth Chase is a fictional character in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. She is a demigod, meaning she is half-mortal and half god. Her father is the mortal Frederick Chase and her mother is Athena, the goddess of wisdom, crafts and battle strategy. She debuts in the first novel of the series, The Lightning Thief (2005). Throughout the series she becomes close friends with Percy Jackson, later becoming his main love interest and girlfriend.
Why she made the list:
The Percy Jackson books were the first novels my daughter and I read together. While Miss Dee was madly in love with Percy, she was also just as crazy about Annabeth and why not.?! Annabeth is a kick a** warrior with major brain power. I love that she isn’t written in just to give the book some female presence but instead is a very intragle part of the story. Annabeth is intelligent, brave, fiercely loyal to her friends and feels things deeply.
What a great roll model she was for my teenage daughter. Miss Dee still compares every literary female she meets to her. (“Well, she’s no Annabeth Chase, she whines too much.” or “Annabeth would never have fallen for that.”). I enjoyed routing her on as well because even though she comes across with such moxie, inside she suffers from all the normal teenage angst we all faced.
I’m pretty happy we got to know her.
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My A to Z theme this year is a celebration of literary females. I don’t necessarily mean famous literature or famous women, just ladies from some of the many books I have read over the years, who have stayed with me for whatever reason. Some are main characters, some are not. Some are heroines, some are screw-ups and some are very very naughty, but for me, they were the driving force in the story, the reason I kept reading or came back to read again.
Perhaps, if you haven’t already met these literary ladies, you’ll be inspired to, and if you have, we can compare notes and share opinions. I’d love to hear about your favorite female characters too.
I’ve only read one of the books, the first in the series. I enjoyed it but I was reading it with a little boy I was tutoring and when we finished, I didn’t read anymore. I did enjoy it so I should pick up the next one.
Definitely! It’s fun to watch Annabeth and Percy’s relationship evolve.
I loved these books and also read them with my kids. Being half Greek and partial to Athena (my wordpress pic is of Athena writing), I am particularly fond of Annabeth.
I should think so! She is super cool.
My brother gave my oldest daughter The Lightning Thief when it came out. I will admit to not having read the books – yet – but I have enjoyed the movies (which I’m sure are second to the books). Annabeth is a great character! As for my “A” literary heroine character? “Anne of Green Gables”. 🙂 And, more recently, Alex from “The Land of Stories” series I told you about. 🙂 Can’t wait to read about the rest of your literary characters. Great idea!
I haven’t read ” Anne of Green Gables” since I was a teen. Loved the PBS special. Annabeth in the books is very different than the film. She comes off as more of a warrior princess instead of a nerdy warrior, but it’s hard to include a lot of details in films. You should read and compare it you get a chance.
Thanks for stopping by.
I plan to read them just as soon as I get through those ten other books waiting to be read. 😉 I have not read Anne of Green Gables in a long time either, but I have the complete set my parents gave me when I was twelve. 🙂
How wonderful! I have an anniversary copy of “Gone With the Wind” that my parents gave me many years ago. Books with sentiment are ten times better! Good luck with that stack of books. I know mine never seems to get shorter.😄
I much prefer too many books waiting to be read than no books. 🙂
My son bought me the first Percy Jackson book at a book fair as a gift, and I was hooked! Love Annabeth!
I love that your first literary female is from a nerdy kids’ book and I mean that in the highest complimentary way because our shelves are full of nerdy kids’ books (and nerdy young adult books and nerdy adult books…. we’re just nerdy). 🙂
Well she isn’t the last one on the list from a “nerdy kids book” so you know what my book shelves look like too! 😊
What’s not to love about a character who is intelligent, brave, and fiercely loyal! 🙂
She discovers that her flaw is hubris, which I guess makes sense considering how good she is at everything!
I think many of us are guilty of that flaw – I know I am