Last week marked the release of Flavorwire favorite Michelle Tea’s newest novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, a YA stunner filled with old magic, grit, love and girls making trouble. To celebrate the book, Flavorwire asked Tea to suggest a few more literary teen girls in trouble, each of them likely to sneak into your garden shed and/or soul. She writes, “I started reading YA when I was a little too young for it, and the many 1970s books I read about teenage girls getting into trouble filled me with an awe and and anxiety that kept me reading… forever. Though I will always have a place in my heart for I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Lisa Bright and Dark and The Best Little Girl in the World, these more contemporary heroines keep me writing — and reading.”
The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Phoebe Gloeckner
Part graphic novel, part illustrated diary, this “Account in Words and Pictures” traces the grueling maneuvers of Minnie Goetze, a 15-year-old hanging out in 1970s Polk Street, back when the San Francisco strip was the go-to place for queers, potheads, and other misfits. Gloeckner pulls no punches in revealing Minnie’s inner and outer life as she enters into a sexual relationship with her mother’s boyfriend. Written “for all the girls when they have grown,” I devoured this thinly veiled fiction as both a cautionary tale and a reflection of my own close calls.