Celebrate International Girls Day with These Four Kick-Butt Female YA Characters

I love to read novels about young women who are taking the world by storm, whether they’re making a difference in their small town or saving the whole world from destruction. To celebrate International Girls Day, I’ve rounded up four novels that feature badass young ladies paving their own way in the world.



heartless coverHeartless by Marissa Meyer

You may think you know the Queen of Hearts, but until you read Heartless, you have no idea. Cath doesn’t want to be the queen—she just wants to own a bakery with her best friend and make treats all day. Although Cath’s dream may seem small, she fights for it throughout the novel.




ltal coverLet’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice is a female character who knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go out and get it. Her strong voice shines through on every page, and she loves her friends and family fiercely and unapologetically, even when they make it difficult for her.




exit pursuedExit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

This is a difficult book to read, but I think it’s totally worth the effort. After Hermione Winters is sexually assaulted at cheer camp, she tries to put the pieces of her life back together. Hermione has a quiet, steadfast strength that I admire, but she’s vulnerable as well—exactly the kind of female character I love to root for.




when dimple coverWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

As the total nerd who always wanted to work alone on school projects so I could get an A, I really relate to Dimple. She’s determined to win the competition at her summer program and isn’t too happy to get saddled with artist Rishi, who doesn’t even want to be there. I love Dimple’s work ethic, and her sharp edges make me admire (and want to be) her.




Who are your favorite kick-butt female heroines? Let us know in the comments below!

About the author - Kat Brzozowski

After seven years of editing both books for teens and adults at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, I’ve taken the ...

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Samantha Hastings on Nov. 16, 2017, 8:30 p.m. said:

Samantha Hastings


Ruby from Frost Blood series by Elly Blake.

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QueendSheena on Nov. 16, 2017, 6:41 p.m. said:

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Yes these are great ladies in YA. I have Dimple and really want to get these other books.

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