A friend of mine asked me recently if I knew of any feminist YA romance novels that I could suggest for her daughter. “No,” was the only answer I had but I did have an amazing tool at my disposal: a large Twitter following that includes a lot of smart, feminist romance readers and authors.

The following list (which is alphabetical by author, and I cannot speak to any of these books individually) was created by the following Tweeters: @theames, @catagator, @hannahemple, @misskubelik, @tehawesomersace@librarian_lali, @jeffdotraymond, @himissjulie, and @mhals.

Also, from Angie: “@librarian_lali worked on Amelia Bloomer List, for feminist literature for 0-18: https://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com.” And there is, apparently, a Harlequin Teen imprint. These might also be useful:

3 Thoughts on “Feminist YA Romance Novels: A List

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  3. lipsticklibby on January 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm said:

    I’m not familiar with all of the books in this list, but the ones I do recognize are mostly not romance novels. I would check with your friend about whether her daughter is indeed looking for YA-geared romance novels, in which case I think she would be very disappointed by most of these recommendations, or for YA novels that happen to feature a romance. I know we are all well-intentioned and just want to give the books we love to other readers, but if I ask for a romance novel, I want a romance novel (i.e. a book about two people getting together, whose main plot is those people getting together, with a happy ending), not what someone who doesn’t read romance novels thinks is better for me. Harlequin publishes a teen imprint, and if your friend’s daughter is indeed looking for romance novels, that would be a good place to start, although not all of their releases from that line qualify under the RWA definition of romance, either! I especially enjoyed Liz Fichera’s Hooked and Played from that imprint, which both have great feminist heroines (and a heroine and hero of color, respectively). Stephanie Perkins might be good, too.

    Of course, if your friend’s daughter is indeed just looking for a good feminist YA read that features some romance in it, you’re looking at at least 50% of the genre, so go wild 🙂

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