Hi everyone! I’ve decided to talk to you today about my five favorite Girl of the Year dolls that American Girl has released so far. 😉
You all probably know what the Girl of the Year dolls are, but just in case you don’t, I’ll explain. Every year, starting in 2001, American Girl has released a doll that is known as the “Girl of the Year”. This doll, unlike the historical characters, is one whose story is set in the present day, and she usually has one or two main interests that are reflected in her book (or books) and collection. For example, last year’s GOTY, Isabelle, was a dancer who also liked to sew, so in her collection, there was a ballet barre and dance outfits along with a sewing machine and materials.
So…without further ado, here are my five favorite Girls of the Year! 🙂
5. Jess McConnell-Jess was the GOTY in 2006. I was pretty young then, so I wasn’t all that interested in her at the time. 😉 Now, however, I think she is a really adorable doll. Her collection was so cool! (I especially loved her motorscooter. 🙂 ) I also loved the fact that she was a doll of mixed heritage (Asian and something else…not sure what 😉 ). I didn’t really care for her book, though. For some reason it sort of bored me. I don’t think I made it past chapter one, to be honest with you.
4. Kailey Hopkins-Kailey was the Girl of the Year in 2003. I really liked the whole beach\tide pool theme that Kailey’s collection had (her boogie board, wet suit, etc.), and I enjoyed her book, which involved Kailey, her family, and her friends trying to save the tide pools from a developer who wanted to build a fancy hotel on top of them. The Kailey doll was sort of ordinary, with blond hair and brown eyes, but personally I thought she was a very cute doll. Her “meet” dress was adorable, too….I loved the aqua color!
3. Chrissa Maxwell-Chrissa was the GOTY for 2009, and her collection was completely different from the other girls’. For one thing, she had TWO best friend dolls (Gwen and Sonali) accompanying her, and Chrissa was also the first Girl of the Year to have a movie (watch it—it’s really good!). I really liked the fact that Chrissa was a swimmer (I’m not one myself, but I do really like to swim, and I thought it was unique). Her bathing suit was really cute, too. 🙂
2. Marisol Luna-I remember Marisol a little bit, but not too much. When I was in second or third grade, I read her book for the first time and loved it! I eventually got my own copy of the book, and finished re-reading it recently. Unlike Isabelle, Marisol (who was also interested in dance) attended a regular public school, and was a star player at two-square (a recess game). I liked the fact that dance didn’t control every single part of Marisol’s life—it seemed to be that way with Isabelle.
1. Nicki Fleming-Right around the time Nicki came out was when I was really getting into American Girl, so that’s one reason why she is my favorite Girl of the Year. I have read her books countless times (she was the first GOTY to have two books!) and have never tired of them. Nicki led a very active life. Besides training a service dog, she often went skiing with her best friend, planned her school’s end-of-the-year gala, and helped out around the ranch and house (since her mother was going to have twins!). I loved how Nicki’s books focused on several different interests of hers, not just one. 🙂
Well, I hope you all enjoyed learning about who my five favorite Girls of the Year were! I’d love to hear your opinions on the subject, too.
Have a great night! 🙂