Young Adult fiction has come a long way since Judy Blume, and somehow, an even longer way since the most Mary Sue character ever fell in love with a sparkly vampire. The market for novels about young women being warriors or changing the world has absolutely exploded, and it’s a wonderful time to be a bookworm. While there are still the standard damsel in distress books if that’s your thing, this list is made up of books about girls who are doing their own thing, saving their kingdom, figuring out their lives, saying what’s on their minds, breaking or bending the rules when necessary, and often kicking butt or sacrificing for those they love. If you’re a woman, young or old, or someone who appreciates women, here’s a list of 25 YA novels about girls who aren’t in love with vampires.
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