Hit and Ms.

Like Roberta I love a good list, so reserved the Autumn 2010 issue of Ms. magazine, which features a list of “click” lit – Young Adult books that “awaken girls to their feminism.”  It’s an interesting list –  I gave some entries the nod of agreement , some a shrug of apathy, others a howl of opposition. See what you think, and get your reserves on for those you might want to check out when libraries are open. Bibliocommons, the new library catalogue, is great for getting your reading organised.

Ms.’ favourites were

Honourable mentions included characters like Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice, Jo March of Little Women and Anne Shirley Blythe of Anne of Green Gables.

Unsurprisingly Ms. likes  a good issue novel for its modern honourable mentions. Mixed race?  Caramelo,  and The house on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros.  Poor and violent background? The Outsiders , by S.E. Hinton.  Rape? Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. See also Anderson’s Catalyst (perfectionism) and Wintergirls (anorexia).

In the Fantasy and Science Fiction genre Ms likes Liar, by Justine Larbalestier, The Spiderwick chronicles, by Holly Black and The mortal instruments, by Cassandra Clare.

Did a book ever give you a “click” moment in the midst of teenage angst? A moment  when, as Ms. says, “we realise the problem’s not us, it’s society, and we’re not alone.”

4 thoughts on “Hit and Ms.

  1. Laraine 15 June 2011 / 1:53 pm

    As a teenager I loathed books that rubbed my nose in my problems. I read to “get me outa here!” In other words, I wanted something as different from my life as possible.

  2. Robyn 16 June 2011 / 10:06 am

    Me too, but now as an adult I don’t mind reading books about young people’s problems. Probably because I am so distant from them. But working in a high school library it was interesting that the most popular books tended towards what I regarded as being quite creepy stuff – we couldn’t keep Flowers in the attic on the shelves. Mind you one would have to hope that those books were as far from the pupils’ lives as possible!

  3. purplerulz 24 August 2011 / 11:06 am

    I was a ‘dark and brooding teen’, so read war poetry such as Siegfrid Sasson and Wilfred Owen. I also loved 1984, and really got into John Steinbeck for a while.
    As an adult i have read ‘The Hunger Games’ and the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness and they do have good strong young women. I also liked Killing God by Kevin Brook. Dawn, his main character is awkward, doesn’t fit i and doesn’t really care. It’s a great novel for girls who feel disengaged in their world.

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