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The Years With No GOTYs: Why Were There No GOTYs in 2002 and 2004?


When I first became interested in learning more about American Girl dolls, I was a bit confused at first when I learned all the Girl of the Year dolls. I saw that there were Girls of the Year for 2001 and 2003, but none for 2002 and 2004. I ended up learning why a few years back, and I decided to explain for you guys today since I had nothing else to talk about!

If you guys didn't know already, the Girl of the Year line started in 2001 with Lindsey Bergman. Lindsey was a Jewish girl who just wanted to help others, but ended up getting in a lot of trouble for her zany schemes that included climbing a tree with an iguana to stop a parade of pets in clothing and trying to get her band teacher and her classroom teacher to fall in love.

The next Girl of the Year was in 2003, though. Her name was Kailey Hopkins, and she was a girl who loved everything to do with the beach- but especially the tide pools. She ended up having to fight to save the tide pools from a greedy developer turning it into a tourist trap. To be completely honest, Kailey is one of my favorite Girls of the Year when it comes to her story! (My all time favorite is Gabriela.)