Lately, while scrolling through endless listopias on Goodreads, I’ve been struck by how incredible similar the YA plots are. The ones I call the ‘standard YA plot’ (which I spend quite a few paragraphs ranting about in this review)
I like to think that I read a wide variety of YA (if that is even possible), and I like to think that girls don’t need to be an incredible beautiful new kid who moves to a new school because of a tragic (most probably paranormal) past, and the most popular guy at school (who probably saves her life somewhere along the way) is instantly struck by her beauty inside and out. While I have no reservations towards these plots (I certainly read them often enough), books including a strong, intelligent, confident heroines do tip the scales a little. And when the author can make the story good even if the romance is just in the background, that’s even better. In the end, I like to think that girls don’t need a hero to be a heroine, and they can save the world by themselves.
I think every now and then YA needs a little bit of Kim Possible.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
#1. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead)
She has to kill the guy she loves..and then tell his family she’s going to do it! She deserves number one, hands down.
#2. Bryn (Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes)
Going against her ‘dad’ and watching the guy she loves die because she’s Alpha and she’s gotta do it for her pack? Although Barnes doesn’t explain their background very much, the bond between Bryn, Devon and Lake are just amazing. They would do anything for each other, yet they know they must put the pack before them.
#3. Faythe Sanders (Shifters by Rachel Vincent)
For taking on her father’s pack when he dies and then going through a battle she know she can’t win for her pride. Also for standing up to obnoxious tomcats who’ve got like 200 pounds on her.
#4. Six (Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore)
Even with Legacies aside, Six is the most eccentric, kickass heroine I have ever read. Most main characters in Sci-fi can all fight but this girl- she’s crazy. My definite fave Six moment of all time…
“Sam likes you, too, you know,’ I say.
‘And I like Sam.’
I cock my head. ‘But you just said you like me.’
She pushes me on my shoulder. ‘You like me and Sarah. I like you and Sam. Deal with it.’
I still can’t believe her name is Maren Elizabeth!
#5. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Standing up to an entire government army takes a lot…but then again she wouldn’t be the face of a rebellion. Not to mention she’s in the whole mess in the first place because she volunteered to take her sister’s place!
#6. Tris Prior (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
She’d let her boyfriend think she was a traitor even though she was actually saving her faction. And for not being afraid to call on his factionless mom’s BS.
#7. Alex Andros (Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
She let herself be tagged and left with scars to save Caleb. Then she fought with him, and watched him die for Lea. Saw hope in Seth up until the point he started draining her aether. Oh and crazy daimon killer.
#8. Low (Because of Low by Abbi Glines)
She can’t actually ‘kick ass’ as in fight, but I still think she’s the epitome of staying strong. She’s got her own crap to handle but somehow her mess gets tangled in with Marcus’s and it’s hell in a hand basket. She cares about Larissa so much and doesn’t want her niece to end up like her, but she can still kick her sister’s butt when needed. Oh and the way she totally kicked Jess’s ass in the bar when Marcus was too drunk to do anything.