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Teen Board Question - March 2017, Part 2

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - March 2017, Part 2

As you may or may not know, March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate all the rockin’ ladies who gave their lives and efforts to making the world a much better (and more equal) place. With that in mind, we asked our Teen Board members about some of their favorite female authors or heroines, whether they are endlessly witty, fiercely strong, or always writing the perfect endings to complicated storylines. Read below to find out who they're celebrating this month.


In my opinion, one of the most admirable women in Young Adult Literature today is Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Now, I’ll be honest, Celaena is not my favorite character ever, but she definitely embodies Girl Power. I loved that she was unapologetically confident, and refused to be stepped over. She also shut down any criticism she received that was based on the fact that she was a woman, and in general fought for what was right. Author wise, I love A.S. King’s writings that address the idea of what a woman should be. (Hint: It means to be whatever you want). I also consider myself friends with A.S. King, and definitely consider her to be an inspiration. --- Reanna H.

My favorite female author just happens to have created my favorite heroines! Sarah J. Maas never ceases to inspire me through her writing and also how she conducts herself. She has never put down others for their beliefs and choices on Twitter or other social media sites. I've met her in person and she is also incredibly witty and fun to listen to! Her character Feyre from A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is my favorite heroine because she struggles with issues women today face as well (relationships, anxiety, etc.) but never fails to push past them to become a stronger version of herself. --- Kate F.

My three favorite female protagonists include June from the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, and Elide Lochan from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I greatly respect all three of these characters because they all went through traumatic and difficult experiences but are still loving and caring people on the inside. They are fiercely loyal to their loved ones and are capable of fending for themselves. In addition, although they performed corrupt actions in their past and were not exactly seen as honorable, they always ended up fighting for what was right. I aspire to be as strong and independent as they are and they will continue to be one of my most respected female protagonists in the YA genre. --- Kaleigh L.

My all time favorite heroin of all without a doubt is Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. She usually relies on her intelligence and wit to survive and get out of sticky situations which is an incredibly handy skill. Not only, is she smart as heck, she is also a near pro with her weapons. Honestly, if I could team up with anybody in capture the flag it would be her. Also, she's incredibly loyal to her friends. Even though she's a demigod and not a real person, she is definitely somebody who can serve as a role model. --- Flor H.

This was a difficult question to answer, as there are countless heroines that I love throughout all the YA books I’ve read. Still, I was able to narrow it down to two of them, the first being Celaena Sardothien, from the Throne of Glass  series by Sarah J. Maas. Celaena is an expert assassin, meaning she can kill anyone in a fight, which is one of the coolest attributes in a character. She’s as tough as nails, and doesn’t let anyone tell her she can’t do something because she’s a girl, and she always proves her skill afterwards. Besides being a killing machine and a generally kick butt character, she loves expensive things, and enjoys getting dressed up, showing how you can be an amazing warrior and still appreciate girly things. The next person that I love is Annabeth Chase, from the Percy Jackson series. Again, Annabeth is a fighter, willing to take down anyone with her knife and fight for against others, despite any odds stacked up against her. She’s an intellectual genius, so all her plans and idea are brilliant. Finally, I love how she is unquestionable in charge, despite the fact that she is a girl, or considered too young to be in charge. --- Jessica K.

J.K. Rowling is definitely worth celebrating. She started out with almost nothing and created a beautiful world full of magic and amazing characters. She really shows us how we have the power to turn our lives around. She also created many beautiful heroines who are worth celebrating including one of my favorite characters of all time Hermione Granger. J.K. Rowling defied stereotypes by creating a beautiful, smart and strong heroine. Hermione inspires me every day. She cares so much for her friends and embodies so many qualities we should all aspire to have.  Lastly, I really admire Veronica Roth. She wrote DIVERGENT when she was just in college! She is so successful at such a young age and continues to do what she loves. She also created beautiful and strong women who are wonderful role models. I really admire these women authors and the characters they created who are so selfless, caring, intelligent and strong. I am so thankful to have such wonderful and successful women to look up to and to inspire me. --- Shannon C.

My favorite female heroine has to be America Singer from THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. America stays true to herself when she is forced to enter a contest to win the Prince's affection. Whether it's changing the social structure of her country or sticking up for her friends, America never stops fighting. I particularly admire the way she doesn't let the affluence of those surrounding her affect her morals. --- Emily G.

There are so many great female authors!  One of the most memorable ones for me has to be Alice Sebold.  I read THE LOVELY BONES a while back, not knowing the back story to it.  Later, I read about the author and the events that inspired the novel.  The novel by itself is great and intensely thought-provoking, but reading about the events surrounding it and how this author was overcoming it really made me admire her strength. Another of my favorite female authors is Marissa Meyer, the author of my all-time favorite series THE LUNAR CHRONICLES.  I can't get over her creativity.  This series made me so happy in a time where I needed all the happiness available.  It made me become optimistic about the happily-ever-afters in the world and it was a beautiful ray of optimism.  There are so many great female writers and I'm more than happy to spend this month reading some of their books. --- Sabina Z.

There's no way I can pick only one favorite female author, but my three go-to ones are J.K. Rowling, Kasie West, and Morgan Matson. They are all so incredibly talented and their brilliant works fill me with joy. I love the magic Rowling has created with the Wizarding World and look forward to what she has in store for readers in the future, and both West and Matson are lovely contemporary writers whose novels are realistically adorable. --- Niraja S.

My answer to the Teen Board question if the month is definitely Flannery O'Conner! I am in love with ALL of her short stories and she was so fantastic! She is also a southerner just like me and to see someone so close to home write things like that is just incredible! Her writings have instilled in me a yearning to write in a meaningful and thoughtful way! She is and always will be a role model for me and my writing! --- Lauren H.

My favorite female author is J.K. Rowling because she introduced a whole new universe with vivid descriptions and allowed me to escape into another world. It is an amazing creation by the author. --- Jeremy H.

My top two female authors that I am obsessed with at the moment are Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles, and Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds. Both of these women create some of the most empowering female characters in which I strive to be (maybe less “lethal”) on a daily basis. Meyer and Bracken also embrace diversity which I think is amazing and I am honestly complete trash for anything that they write! --- Taylor F.