35 YA Books for the Feminist Reader

I believe in being pro-active in the face of drama.

I have read every single one of these books and am more than happy to defend them if the time comes.

Not all of the books are explicitly feminist in premise, and some have problematic language and situations. I did my best to choose books where ignorance in language and deed were presented as the protagonist’s flaws as opposed to A Really Awesome Idea.

The list tends towards quirky white queer chicks, cause I am a quirky white queer chick and unconsciously gravitate towards books that mirror my experience. I would like to remedy this, so any and all recommendations book-wise are awesome.
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message 1: by Mir (new)

Mir Rie, I think you might like The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy and The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint.


message 2: by Mir (new)

Mir You're welcome! Tricksters and Changeover are her only YAs I really liked, otherwise I agree that her middle-grade stuff is stronger.


message 3: by Mir (new)

Mir No! Onto the list is goes...

I'm reading Maddigan's Fantasia right now and am not enthralled so far.


Sarah (CoolCurryBooks) I added The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Alanna by Tamora Pierce, The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett and Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell. All of these are YA books with competent female protagonists who grow throughout the book. Alanna and The Hero and the Crown are also significant for being groundbreaking feminist fantasy novels in a time when almost all fantasy protagonists were male.


Sarah (CoolCurryBooks) Oh, and for non-YA (but still age appropriate), you could try The Rook, The Steerswoman, Boneshaker, and Three Parts Dead.


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