It’s the time of the year that I both love and loathe: “best of” lists. While I love seeing what books different journals consider the best of the best, I hate knowing that those lists tend to overlook certain types of books. We will absolutely see feminist books on best of lists this year, but they’re not going to be the unabashed girl story type feminist books. Girl voices aren’t seen or praised in the same way that others are. I’ve already been bummed to see one of the best decorated, beautiful books this year go unrecognized on more than one list, and I can’t help but point to the fact it’s because it’s a very female-driven story.
I can’t change things, but one thing I can do is celebrate female-driven, feminist stories. And one way I can do that is by offering up a big giveaway of some of the best girl stories out this year.
I’m giving away 9 — yes NINE — YA novels that came out in 2015 that feature female-driven narratives and focus on girl stories. These books range from dark realism to lighter romances to fantasies and more. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
I’ll draw a winner at the end of November to win this feminist starter set. It’ll be perfect for you or perfect to give to the budding feminist in your life (or to stock your library/classroom bookshelves). US only, simply because shipping elsewhere is really expensive.
All you need to do to enter is fill out this entry form. I want to know your favorite female-driven YA novel, too, past or present. I’ll do a big round-up in December so we can highlight the amazing girl stories out there.