Katniss Everdeen is definitely a fictional force of nature, but the Hunger Games heroine isn't the only fierce and fabulous female from recent young adult literature to inspire the next generation of empowered women! These days, there are plenty of brave and beautiful characters in popular novels for girls to look up to -- in fact, even grown-ups can learn a thing or two from their stories.
From family drama to prejudice to poverty and sometimes even dark magical forces, the young women in these books overcome incredible odds to become their very best selves. In short, they're just the kind of ladies you'd want your daughter -- and your son! -- to be friends with, if only for a couple of hundred pages!
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