Feminism Friday: Feminist YA books

Ages ago I asked on Twitter for feminist YA fiction recommendations and then, um, forgot to blog about it. The lovely response to last week’s Feminist YA authors list reminded me.

If you have any recommendations feel free to tell me in the comments or on Twitter (or, you know, if you see me in the street) and I’ll add them.

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (and the rest of the Tortall series)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Warriors of Taan by Louise Lawrence

Tamora Pierce, Ursula Le Guin & Robin McKinley write fiercely Feminist fantasy. Sarah Rees Brennan does Urban fantasy.
Veronica Roth’s Dystopian novels have a very strong lead girl with agency.
Josephine Angelini’s Paranormal romances are good.
And for slightly younger YA, R.J. Anderson’s fairy books are BRILLIANT.

Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver

Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series has even-handed message about the importance of appearance and central character’s attitude is interesting…

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen

@postteen (Simmone Howell)
Siobhan Vivian’s Not That Kind of Girl
Julia Lawrinson’s The Push
AS King

Robin McKinley’s dark YA fairy tales
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saci Lloyd’s Carbon Diaries
In my book The Opposite of Chocolate, I got flack for teen character’s ‘feminist’ pregnancy choice. Contemporary feminist characters are rare!

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
I love the character of Sephy in Noughts & Crosses
There’s also Norah from Nick and Norah, Viola from the Chaos Walking series, and Katniss

See also this Feminism in YA Fiction post from For Books Sake and Bitch Magazine’s 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader via @dianeshipley