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Blog Update: Best of 2011: Wonderfully Complex YA Heroines

In today’s Best of 2011, Veronica Roth shares her favorite YA Heroines.

Here’s part of what she had to say:

Today is all about characters, and I decided to narrow my scope a little so that I don’t just start spitting out book titles like a crazy person. People are like onions– they’re many-layered, they become less harsh the more time you spend with them (on the stove, get it?), they sometimes make you cry…okay, you get it. Basically, real people are complicated. They have a variety of motivations, they have moods, they have flaws, and I’m not just talking about little quirks, I’m talking about deep, intense flaws.

Here’s who made her list:

  1. Melinda, from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Ruby, from Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  3. Sam, from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  4. Elisa, from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  5. Hermione, from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


To see why she picked them, & to see the pretty book covers, click here.


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