I can't even remember now how I started following Shelli and her blog, but I was lucky enough to get to meet her in person at BEA 2010 and be interviewed for her blog (curious about how I met my agent, working with readergirlz, or the secrets behind TMAS sale? Shelli has the answers!).
Then check out what Shelli has to say about strong girl characters and comment below to enter to win prizes...
I love reading children's books. In fact, I realized recently that I don't read adult books often and trust me - my friends kid me about it all the time. There is so much I especially love about YA. Maybe it's because it was the most memorable time for me. So many things going on at once. First dates, first boyfriends, first experiences, first dances, first car, first job. All those moments combined with the crazy awkward things that impact you so much at the time. I must say that I am ready for shift in YA. I'd like to see more empowered girls in YA. Ones who are not afraid to be strong and independent. Ones that can kick A%$ all on their own with no help from a guy. Ones who know what they are about even though everyone else in school may doubt them. I'd even love to see girls saving guys for once. You know - the modern day wonder woman. I think it is important to have relatable YA characters that teens can relate to but it is to also critical to have strong girl protagonists that have good families, don't care what people think, and aren't revolving around guys. We need girl characters to show us all the possibilities of who and what they can become.Those girls exist, we just don't know much about them.
Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan (amazing writing and strong girl characters)
The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting (I love great ya thrillers!)
Devil's Kiss series by Sarwat Chadda (bad a%% girl characters)
Thank you, Shelli!
Readers, what do you think makes a girl character strong?
Independence? Wit? Strength or skill? (I'm reminded of my favorite line from Xena: Warrior Princess: "I have many skills.") Comment for a chance to win this week's book prizes, plus a chance to win the big prize! (US addresses only, one comment/post.)
This What YA Bloggers Want series is in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month!