This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…
October 30: Top Ten Favorite Kick-Butt Heroines
So here’s the thing…I kinda already did this post in June, so I’m reusing what I already wrote! Not all of my heroines are kick-butt in the sense that they’re fighting and literally kicking some tail; instead, they’re strong heroines who face adversity and tragedy, yet rise above. Below is my original post (with the addition of book covers).
Top Ten Heroines Who I Admire Because They’re Bad2TheBone!
(In no particular order)
1. Katniss from The Hunger Games (series) — Um, duh? Of course Katniss is a badass. She keeps her family together when her dad dies. She volunteers her own life to save her sister. She goes through the game kicking butt and taking names. She’s fierce and loving and isn’t afraid to speak her mind or act on her convictions.
2. Kelsey from Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters — I love Kelsey because she was so real through the whole book. She kept looking like an absolute fool, but she would just keep on keepin’ on. She didn’t care that her (embarassing) picture wound up in the school newspaper (repeatedly). Had that been me, I would have been mortified to even show my face. (You can read my review here.)
3. Tris from Divergent (series) — Tris is brave enough to leave her family behind and join the faction where her heart lies. She selflessly stands up for her friends and puts herself in danger to save others.
4. Katarina Bishop from Heist Society (series) — Even though she is trying to break away from her thieving family and be her own bear, Kat is drawn back to help clear her father’s name. She’s a thief with a conscience. She can plan heist jobs and pull them off without a (life-ending) hitch. And somehow she manages to not lose herself around Hale, which has to be a hard task in itself!
5. Katsa from Graceling (series) — Katsa is graced with being able to demolish any and everyone she must. When she gets tired of her thug uncle using her as his personal assassin, she calls him out. She sets up an underground council to help those in need. She learns that she is not cold or cold-hearted and allows herself to grow.
6. Cat from Shine — I can’t imagine the despair Cat must have felt when she heard her best friend, Patrick, had been beaten and left for dead. Cat feels partially responsible for what happened to Patrick, and she is the only person in the town committed to finding out the truth behind what happened to him. While some critics thought Shine was a prime example of the darkness invading YA books, I feel that this book “shine”s the light on loyalty and hope.
7. Anne Frank from The Diary of a Young Girl — Anne has to leave everything she has ever known and go into hiding from Nazis. She must live the life of basically have no life. Being in this type of situation is unimaginable to me, and I would hope that I could handle it with the grace and dignity that so many people displayed during the Holocaust.
8. Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks — Frankie secretly infiltrates an all-boy secret society. She masterminds the best pranks the school has ever seen and pulls them off without the boys knowing that it is her. Girl power!
9. Melinda Sordino from Speak — You’re a freshman and everyone at school hates you before school even starts? That’s how Melinda starts her year. You experience a tramatic event? That’s what Melinda experienced at end of summer. You tuck everything inside and face the people who hate you? That’s what Melinda does. I would do everything in my power to leave town, change schools, fake sick…anything! But Melinda faces everyone around her and carries on as best she can, with no one knowing how broken she is inside.
10. Mia from If I Stay (series) — After her family dies in a terrible accident that leaves Mia stuck somewhere between life and death, she has to decide which path she’s going to take: join her family or regain her life. I can’t imagine being faced with that decision and having to strength to choose either of the paths. Both are scary and hold the unknown. Neither will give her all that she wants. Yet she does make the decision, and she has to live (or die) with the consequences.
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I noticed that a lot of these characters are from a series of books. I think that’s the testament of a strong, lovable (or hatable…is that a word?) character…that we want to know more about them and follow their journey even longer.