Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. Today, in honour of Women’s History Month, I’m doing recommendations for feminist fiction books. These are books that either directly explore some aspect of feminism or are feminist in their portrayal of women, etc.
Feminist YA books
Moxie by Jenifer Mathieu
Moxie is all about feminism and high school and trying to reconcile many parts of your life. I really enjoyed it. I think the main negative thing people say about it is that it’s very surface-level feminism and doesn’t get down to a lot of the issues. And, honestly, while that’s true, it’s not really a fair criticism of this book, given that it’s a YA book about a 16-year-old discovering feminism. I think as an introduction to feminism and how to deal with it in you everyday life, it’s great.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is about the Black Lives Matter movement, so it’s mainly an exploration of that. But it also looks at a lot of feminist issues: race, being a black woman, female friendships, interracial relationships. I think it’s really great and empowering.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
This is a YA book that explores rape culture and does it in such a brilliant way. It makes you see rape culture in our everyday lives and really puts it into perspective. Plus, the characters are great. They’re all so complex and interesting, and the female relationships are great.
Feminist adult fiction
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is one of the best and most feminist characters I’ve read in a while. She is unashamed of herself and does anything necessary to get what she wants. This book explores so many issues: racism, homophobia, sexism, competition between women, friendships, guilt. Everything you could want in a good book, tbh.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I think everyone knows The Bell Jar as a classic feminist work, but I had to mention it. It’s so amazingly written, and the exploration about being a woman still holds up today. I love it so much.
So, those are some feminist books I recommend! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any other recommendations? Let me know!!!
Thanks for reading! xx