The following books and publications have received stellar reviews from readers and critics alike. In this day and age, the young feminist is one that is proud of her femininity – yet is open-minded and on the pulse of social and environmental issues. She also loves reading enticing, gripping and captivating books that illuminate the mind and encourages free and critical thinking. Here is a list of the top books every young adult should read – regardless of sex, political affiliation, or personal preferences:
1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
A great read that touches on the controversial subject of sexism. An empowering journey that helps reiterate the strength young women have – especially in the face of injustice and overwhelming opposition.
2. Angel de la Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery by M. Evelina Galang
A stunning epic tale about a young girl’s journey during the second Philippine People Power Revolution. Definitely a must read for the young and independent feminist.
3. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
A must read for women that are tired of social labels and who want to escape the confines of traditional family and wife roles. There is a strong emphasis on women’s rights over their own minds, personalities, ideologies and, especially, their bodies.
4. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Faith is investigating the political murder of her father and discovers strengths she never knew she had. A sad but intriguing and captivating tale.
5. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
Lottie takes on sexist ideologies and acts of injustice in the name of equality and fairness for all. This is a book that everyone is talking about! Due to hit shelves in August of 2016.
6. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
A thrilling alternative history novel set against the backdrop of World War II. A young female death camp survivor on a quest for revenge against Hitler and the Axis Powers that now rule the world.
7. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
A powerful young feminist courageously fights for humanity against a violent space alien invasion and apocalypse.
8. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
A heartwarming tale of the everlasting bond between mothers and daughters. Truly a must read with traditional family ethics, struggles, and surviving hardships.
9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
A gripping novel about courage, friendship and betrayal during the horrors of World War II.
10. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
True insight on the Muslim-American woman’s experience in America. This novel vulnerably explores the struggles with political and religious labels, along with interfaith dialogues and restoring humanity in these uncertain and turbulent times across the nation.
Which of the inspiring novels above are you most excited to read?
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