Person A meets SO in chapter 6, at the age of 14. 9 years later, we’re on book 5. They’re almost 20 now. Person A and B has been through a lot together. Fought battles side by side, learned how to shoot, has seen each other almost die, but you know what?
They have grown so much. Person A doesn’t feel romantically attracted by person B anymore, things have changed.
Person B had a good romantic relationship with Person A through their teenage years, but they’re not the same.
So here they are, only 4 chapters left to finish the book series…
“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”
I’d totally like to see a YA story where the epilogue is like “oh, and they broke up three months later; once the we-saved-the-world-together high wore off, they released they literally had nothing in common, and also that shared life-altering trauma is a poor basis for a stable relationship”.
Why is this still a thing? I just saw yet another article trying to recommend a few female authors as though they’re some rare species. The suggestions turned out to be just as boring as every other list: Rowling, Austen, Rowling, Bronte, Rowling.
I don’t know why people keep struggling to come up with 5 amazing female authors (or even making these lists. Like whyyy). So let me now walk over to my bookshelf and rattle off some names of my favorite modern female authors… (also, enjoy my attempt to break my endless “YA fantasy” books into groups).
If you’re searching for that super elusive book written by a woman, try:
Janet Lee Carey
Janet B. Taylor
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sarah J Maas
Maria V. Snyder
Mary E. Pearson
Sara B. Larson
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Diana Wynne Jones
Gail Carson Levine
Cinda Williams Chima
Danielle L. Jensen
Lori M. Lee
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jenn Marie Thorne
Tamara Ireland Stone
(Sorry to Leigh Bird Dog and anyone else whose name autocorrect couldn’t deal with if I didn’t catch it).
These are just the books I happened to glance at, so feel free to add! And then maybe this can stop being a thing…