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15 Teen Feminist Books Everyone Should Read

One of the best things about having nieces is the chance to buy books for them, be it something like Anne of Green Gables or the collected works of E. Lockhart, who writes with a distinctly feminist viewpoint in the young adult genre. There’s something thrilling about reading books when you’re young and looking for how to be in the world; here are 15 feminist-leaning books that could inspire girls — and grown women — to take over the world.

Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks, a sophomore at a fancy-pants prep school, takes on the patriarchy and her boyfriend’s male-only secret society in this brilliant book, filled with feminism, pranks, and jokes. Give it to every young woman in your life.

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Jane Obligacion
Jane Obligacion

I would say Song of Lioness is a little better than Wild Magic for this example. But anything Tamora Pierce is on point.

JackBaur
JackBaur

The wonderful thing that they didn't mention about Beauty Queens is the way that each one of the characters starts out as a caricature of the place they're from and is revealed to be something more.  And then they kick Kim Jong Il's ass and reject corporate brainwashing.  And the book is screamingly funny.

CTurner
CTurner

I'm thrilled to see this list of feminist books, and I'm also quite saddened that none of the books feature young women of color! :-(  Latinas?, Indian women?, Black girls? Asian girls?  I'd love to know which of those books you'd recommend!

dePizan1
dePizan1

@CTurnerAngel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery is about a Filipina girl.

nan-c
nan-c

@CTurner  I agree with you. There are so many wonderful books that show dynamic young women of color protagonist. Just to name a few:  Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu is one that any young woman would enjoy because of the beautiful imagery that Okorafor-Mbachu has created. A Wish After Midnight  and Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliott are also books that I would include that display young feminist imagery. Isabel Allende as well as Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni have written  trilogies that include a young female co-protagonist of color that holds her own throughout these adventure fantasies. Sharon Draper, Sharon Flakes, and Jacqueline Woodson have written powerful realistic fiction tales that can strengthen the minds of young budding feminist. 

Cox
Cox

@CTurner  Beauty Queens does feature two young women of color in its cast, and touches on issues of racism and assimilation (among others) in brilliantly satirical, hilarious fashion.

CTurner
CTurner

@Cox @CTurner  ::sigh:: only 2 out of 15...    Well, thanks for letting me know :-)

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