SIX DEGREES OF YA LITERATURE
1. In The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, Frankie secretly infiltrates her boyfriend’s all male secret society with hilarious and thought-provoking consequences. Frankie’s story gives a funny and interesting high school feminist perspective.
2. In Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Ismae escapes a brutal marriage to find herself in the safety of… Assassin nuns?
3. A plane crashes on a deserted island and the survivors are beauty pageant contestants struggling to survive in the elements in Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens.
4. In Cinder by Marissa Meyers, Part cyborg and societal outcast, Cinder, inexplicably becomes involved with the handsome Prince Kai. But will he accept her and all of her flaws?
5. Tally is about to turn sixteen and in this dystopian society that means she gets to be operated on to become the perfect physical specimen. Tally is so excited to become a “Pretty” until something happens to make her question the norm in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies.
6. Barbie is viewed as a model of female empowerment, a standard of unattainable beauty, just a toy for children and all kinds of things in between. The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone delves into the different societal perceptions of Barbie as well as the history of her and her creator, American business woman, Ruth Handler.
List courtesy of Maggie M (SP)