Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heroines in Young Adult Fiction

After so many years of stories about girls falling in love with mythical creatures, young adult fiction is shifting  toward strong young women who pull themselves out of tough situations with their ingenuity.  The boys they love are often in the background, and even when love takes center stage the girls who star in these books never lose focus of who they are, or what they want to become.   Here is a list of YA books that have come out in past year or two that feature girls determined to better themselves and their families. 

Historical Fiction:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Belle Époque by Elizabeth Ross
Keeping the Castle: A Tale of Romance, Riches, and Real Estate by Patrice Kindl
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
The Wicked and the Just by Jillian Anderson Coats

Contemporary Fiction:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Ask the Passengers: A Novel by A.S. King
45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

No comments: