|Looking for the MCs who would wear this shirt with style.|
I am so tired of the boring there's-nothing-special-about-me-and-yet-all-the-boys-love-me-and-the-world-hinges-on-me-doing-something-extraordinary-but-I'm-just-going-to-sit-here-and-be-passive-oh-wait-now-the-universe-has-gifted-me main characters in YA. Where are the "cocky" girls. The ones who are as arrogant as I was when I was teen? Who never let boys get away with anything?*
The texts made me laugh. Then they made me think. Where are those girls? The ones tossing out snappy one-liners. The ones who call everyone out . . . on everything? I was a bit like that as a teen, too. Not necessarily the sarcastic MCs, but more like the take-no-bullshit teens. The Veronica Mars MCs, perhaps.
I asked my friend if she was looking for a particular type of book--fantasy, romance, thriller--and she said it didn't really matter. But I was particularly intrigued by finding contemporary/realistic books with a "cocky" MC. After all, sticking a sword in your MC's hand often automatically gives her swagger. I'd like to see girls take no sh*t with nothing but an iPod and a bus pass. Because, IRL, lots of girls don't.
I had a few books in mind to tell my friend about. But I felt like my list, despite me being a voracious reader, was too short. I took to asking friends and twitter for additional suggestions, which I've listed below. I was glad for them, but STILL feel like the list is too short. So, where are they? Where are the girls who raise their eyebrows with an "I don't think so" when a guy puts his hand on her leg during the movie? Where are the girls who tell their BFFs what's what when they insist on going to that party at the frat notorious for sexual assault? Where are the girls going around telling people they're being an ass before walking away . . . for good? I want to read about these confident and candid lives.
Here are some reads I came up with from my own reading history and with the help of other awesome readers. What would you add to the list of books with cocky female MCs?
Some Girls Are and Cracked Up To Be, both by Courtney Summers.
Amplified by Tara Kelly.
Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by David Levithan
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett.
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.
The Vampire Academy books
Hex Hall books
The Sky Always Hears Me: And The Hills Don't Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
*That is not the EXACT text. But close enough.