I’ve noticed an unpleasant trend in YA books. They are filled with young women who lack agency, who believe their first love is to be their only love, who are controlled by the men around them. Obviously, there are those that aren’t – and those are the books I want to talk about today.
THE RULES: Every YA book in this post will:
- Feature a woman/girl as one of the main characters
- That woman may have a romance, but it won’t be the defining thing of her life
- She lives her life for herself, even if it requires hard choices
My choices may not be yours, and thats fine. Feel free the recommend your favourites, ideally within these rules. THIS IS A TWILIGHT FREE ZONE. I LOATHE those fucking books and the message they send to young women, and I have no wish to get in an argument on the subject. Besides, this man can better explain my hatred. Read all of them.
Some of these books are older, some are newer. If you have a teenagerl, you could do worse.