20 Teen Books for #MeToo and #TimesUp

When women stand strong, they can conquer the world

With the explosion of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we've reached an important and fascinating point in gender politics. Women of all ages and walks of life, tired of being demeaned, overlooked, harrassed, assaulted and made to feel unsafe in the world they live in are standing up and loudly declaring: 'No more!' These books tap right into the tenor of the moment. They're stories of young women dealing with the fallout of sexual assault, standing up to rampant misogyny, rebelling against expectations or harshly illustrating the minefields women must navigate every day.

Note: Some of these titles contain somewhat explicit content, language and/or themes that some might find distressing.

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Blood Water Paint cover

1. Blood Water Paint

Joy McCullough
All the Rage cover

3. All the Rage

Courtney Summers
Feminists cover

4. We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Exit cover

6. Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Emily Kate Johnston
Tyranny cover

8. A Tyranny of Petticoats

Jessica Spotswood (Editor)
Six of Crows cover

9. Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo
Only Ever Yours cover

10. Only Ever Yours

Louise O'Neill
Bitch Planet cover

12. Bitch Planet, Book 1: Extraordinary Machine

Kelly Deconnick, Robert Wilson IV (Illus), Taki Soma (Illus), Valentine De Landro (Illus)
Wing Jones cover

13. Wing Jones

Katherine Webber
Beauty Queens cover

14. Beauty Queens

Libba Bray
Thor cover

16. Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder

Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman (Artist)

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust