A few days ago I had just finished up the book I was reading, so I decided to check out the latest young adult book releases. This was a mistake. I was faced with hundreds (if not thousands) of overly-photoshopped covers of blank-faced white women, in various stages of medieval, Victorian, or alien dress. It seems the Hunger Games franchise has sparked the light bulbs in the brains of all of those down-and-out writers looking for their chance at fame. Unfortunately, this has a negative effect. With all of these writers trying desperately to create something original, they’ve created something dreadfully off-target from their goal.
Every book is the same. There was a time, far before the prototypes of the vaguely-beautiful-apparently-inspiring-so-called-heroine, where girls had strong role models who had an actual personality, besides their always-smoking-hot prototype boy. The major problem in this most recent female character development is that none of these girls have flaws or oddities. Where’s Hermione? Where is Lyra Belacqua? Where in the world did Harriet The Spy disappear to? Why can’t there be a character who has a voice?
After my tiresome and draining journey into the world of young adult novels, I was determined to recommend some quality reads for girls (and boys) (but mainly girls) of my age and younger.
Books That Are Cool and Awesome and Just Generally Pretty Kick A…s (Including Fantastic Heroines)
Yes I know some of them are cheesy romance novels, but I promise you they are the best:
–Kira Kira, Cynthia Kadohata.
–Divergent, Veronica Roth.
–Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte.
–Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi.
–The Amelia Books, Marissa Moss, (There are so many I can’t choose).
–Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson.
–Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones.
–House of Many Ways, Diana Wynne Jones.
–Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder.
–His Dark Materials (series), Philip Pullman.
–Uprising, Margaret Peterson Haddix.
–Running Out of Time, Margaret Peterson Haddix.
–Museum of Thieves, Lian Tanner.
–The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
–Savvy, Ingrid Law.
–Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson.
–Tina’s Mouth, Keshni Kashyap.
–Emma, Jane Austen.
I can only hope you are able to shut yourself off from the world as much as I could whilst reading these books.