I'm cheating a tad bit...my kick-ass heroine is from a middle grade book. But it fits because I'd like to see something like this portrayed more often in YA. It is an issue that affects so many young girls and women: weight.
I've chosen Celeste, the 13-year-old heroine of this book:
In Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies, Celeste has a dilemma. She's always been an overeater, relying on oversized clothing to disguise her excess weight. When her mom signs her up for a modeling challenge for overweight girls, she launches a plan: lose weight so she'll no longer qualify for the pageant.
Why is Celeste a kick-ass heroine? Because she resists delicious cookies and battles a real-world problem so many of us face every single day.
Anyone who can fight the battle to be healthy and WIN is my total hero. If you write YA, please, please, please create heroines like Celeste!
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