Seven Female YA Authors Who Are Also Worthy Of The Attention John Green Gets
1. Rainbow Rowell- Rainbow Rowell has written two heartbreakingly beautiful YA stories in the past few years, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Both are realistic, relevant, and romantic. Rowell does lead female characters like no one else and makes romantic interests, much more than just the typical “romantic interest”. She is also just a ridiculously talented writer.
2. E. Lockhart- Not only has she written a beautiful new YA novel, We Were Liars, she also has a great series: the Ruby Oliver boyfriend series, that deals with the stress of being a teenager and the issue of slut shaming. Her writing style is completely different in We Were Liars than it is from the Ruby Oliver series, but both are delicious reads.
3. Meg Cabot- Okay, okay, I know Meg Ccabot probably got as much recognition as John Green in her prime, but still. I love her. Her writing style actually sounds like a teenage girl’s and her realistic, blunt, and witty portrayals of adolescence have gotten me through some tough times. They’re classic escape novels with just enough bite in them to elevate them above the rest.
4. Gayle Forman- I want everybody to jump on the Gayle Forman train. Her stories involve both romance and family relationships. If I Stay is a haunting account of a young girl trying to decide between life without her family or the afterlife. It takes the cliche idea of a person stuck between life and death and makes it something really refreshing. Just One Day and Just One Year were two of my favorite books that I read last year. While they’re a little less heavier than If I Stay, they are still inspiring and entertaining stories of heartbreak and recovery.
5. Melina Marchetta- If you like YA and haven’t read Melina Marchetta, you are soooooo missing out my friend. Seriously, she is a crazy talented writer who writes YA novels that make me laugh and cry and break in to a million pieces. The Piper’s Son? I died. Jellicoe Road? Oh my lord. These may seem like great books to read at the beach but I promise you Marchetta’s characters will get to you and you will think about them long after you’re down reading.
6. Ann Brashares- I’m not gonna lie, sometimes, I’m a little embarrassed to admit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is one of my favorite books. Everyone just always has to mention the mediocre movie. “But the books are good!” And they are and I love them. I read them every year at the beginning of summer and something about them just puts me in such a good frame of my mind for summer. The girls are relatable, strong, flawed, and everything a teenage girl is and should be.
7. Stephanie Perkins- Her books are so adorable, seriously. They’re great romances. The guy is always admirable, respectable, but still seems like a real person. The girl is always a little dramatic, but still much more mature and self-aware than the average YA heroine. Her books are entertaining and an escapist’s dream.
Teacher:</b> Today class we will begin to work on our novels<p><b>Me:</b> *Breaks into a sweat*<p><b>Mind:</b> OH NO OH NO OH NO *Starts to go through my novel idea file* Gay....gay....gay....very gay.....gay gay gay gay! THEY'RE ALL GAY *Rushes over to my theme file* Smut.....smut......smut....oooh PWP *Begins to pull it out*<p><b>Me:</b> NOOOOOO<p><b>Class:</b> *Turns to me* Da fuck?<p><b>Me:</b> Sorry *Shrinks into my chair*<p><b>Mind:</b> Okay okay! *Runs around my brain* ITS SO GAY IN HERE<p><b>Me:</b> *Cries* Im doomed to gayness<p>
Why I May Never Write a First Draft on a Computer Again
Everyone’s writing experience is different. This month, we’ve asked past NaNo and Camp participants to write letters from the other side of their experience. Today, Courtney Montgomery, a former NaNoWriMo intern, shares the one simple change she made that helped her finally complete a first draft:
NaNoWriMo is about throwing words at the world, regardless of sense or reason. It’s about liberating oneself from quality or the pressure to create “perfect” works of prose. It’s learning how to abandon the Inner Editor and plunge headfirst into the act of writing.
And I felt incapable of doing any of that. I may never write a rough draft on a computer again.
If you believe that Game Of Thrones could have been a lot less rapey… If you’ve ever sung that “one day we will see a woman king….” If you’ve figured out that everything is better with girls kissing girls… If you think that women warriors are hella rad… If you like height differences in your ships… If you’ve figured out that Game of Thrones was way too white…
Then you’re going to love My Lady King, the new fantasy novel from Kayla Bashe.
Let me break this down for you.
-The main characters are both women, and the ship is canon
-Everyone in this medieval-style, European-style kingdom is a POC. No explanation is even given. Why? BECAUSE.
-there’s only like 2 male characters who even get names