Remember the angst and drama of your teenage years? For many, books--especially those labeled Young Adult--offer refuge and escape.
Jessica Stites, associate editor of Ms. magazine, has this to say in the magazine's Fall issue: "What most of these books have in common is a certain kind of hero(ine): young, brave, rebellious and independent ... And although she may face flak for her nonconformity, ultimately it serves her well."
Her feature article, "Kick-Ass Girls and Feminist Boys," references 30 novels that address contemporary teen issues and includes a list of the magazine's 12 favorites.
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