Our favorite YA novels are filled with some of our favorite YA characters. Among the best of those characters are incredible female heroes.
To wrap up Women’s History Month, a time when we reflect on the many great contributions women have made to our society, we’ve identified four characters who stick out from the rest. These female characters have inspired us in many ways and they’ll stick with us forever.
Inej is a character I wish I knew when I was a teenager. She’s the character who feels invisible and far from special, but she makes her decisions as if she was a princess wearing a crown. She’s caring, intelligent, brave and never stops fighting. Inside this dark world that Leigh Bardugo built, Inej is the constant light as she holds on to her beliefs and tries to see the good in everyone. All of that makes her a strong female character everyone can look up to.
Pink-hair and hacking abilities are just the beginning of the list of things I admire about Kady. When her home planet is invaded and she escapes alongside thousands of refugees, she does all that she can to ensure that her friends are safe and the truth is revealed. Amy and Jay are so realistic in their representations of characters. Kady is strong but not inhumanly so, she has her weaknesses. And in a high-stakes space drama such as this, it’s important to distinguish the humans from other intelligent beings.
Yes, I’m going old school. I began reading Harry Potter when I was in 5th grade after I heard some classmates talking about the books. I instantly related to Hermione because 1) we both had big bushy hair and 2) because like her, I was insecure and afraid of not doing well. But mainly, because she’s a normal person, she doesn’t have any extraordinary powers that separate her from her fellow classmates. Whenever the trio is in trouble, she uses logic, her cleverness to think their way out of whatever situation they may find themselves in. What struck me about her is that despite others judging her and making fun of her for her love of school and books, not at any point does she make an effort to change who she is just to please others. She continues being herself. Hermione taught me that it’s OK to just be myself and that I don’t have to change for anyone.
I loved Kelsea’s character right from the beginning, mainly because she was so normal. Even though she is the rightful heir to the Tearling, there is nothing that makes her outstanding. She has flaws in all the rights places; and not only that, but we see her develop and become a better person throughout the series. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and will stand up for what she believes is morally right, even if it causes negative consequences for her.
Who are your favorite female characters in YA?