Have you ever thought about what the typical day in the life of a YA heroine would look like? Have you ever picked up on their stereotypical behaviour and thought that a lot of them live their daily lives in similar ways? Well today I’m going to expose the lives of these typical heroines and give you a rundown of what would happen if you were one of these characters. Enjoy!
Wake up startled from a nightmare, which perfectly encapsulates your past trauma or what trails and tribulations you’re yet to face.
Your heart will be pounding, and when you wake up, you won’t be sure whether it was really a dream. It will also put you in a jittery mood for the morning, probably making you skip breakfast and instead contemplate what this year will hold for you and if it’s going to be as uneventful as you once thought.
Gaze into the mirror and admire your plain, yet pretty, features. Probably oceanic eyes, a smattering of freckles that looks like a constellation, and auburn hair that falls in perfect waves.
You don’t think you’re anything special, but your love interest will think otherwise. He’ll tell you how you’re unlike any girl he’s ever met before, and you’ll swoon, and you’ll know you’re destined to be together.
Get to school, where you have a confrontation with the mean queen bee, but luckily your sassy and / or gay best friend saves you.
You’re not popular, but you’re not unpopular either. You’re the type of person that has a lot of acquaintances, but only a couple of really good friends. Even though you blend into the background most days, the queen bee hates you for some undisclosed reason that will later be revealed. Thank goodness your sassy / gay best friend is there to save you—after all, they’re just there for your benefit.
Lust over the brooding, mysterious guy from your class that never speaks and you’re forced to do a project with.
Chances are this guy is new at the school. He doesn’t have any friends, always sits alone, and is always listening to music or doodling in his textbooks. He has dark, wavy hair that falls into his piercing blue eyes. He’s hesitant to get to know you, and you can’t help but get the feeling that he has a dark past he’s keeping secret.
Get his number and commence texting said guy once school is over, being sure to use the phrases ‘wat r u doing’ and ‘hahaha XD’.
Everyone knows teens text like that, right? Make sure you include these phrases to appear #relatable and Down With the Kids. Be sure to also reference movies from the 80s and talk about obscure music that people really aren’t listening to today. You know. Just because.
Do the activity before bed that makes you unique and quirky, like hacking or tarot card reading.
And no, Netflix doesn’t count as a hobby! As if you’re not quirky enough by the way you dress and how you’re not interested in being popular, you also have an interesting skill or passion. How else are people going to like you?
Go to sleep thinking about that mysterious boy’s eyes.
Finish the day by thinking about that brooding boy’s eyes. How dreamy they are. How much they look like oceans you want to swim in. All that swoony stuff. But you can’t help but think he isn’t a good person, not that that puts you off him. You’re meant to be together. Right?
As usual, here are some mini reviews of books I’ve been reading recently!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect to Just Breathe. It was a novel that really fell flat for me, with dialogue that didn’t always feel authentic and a friendship between two people that I wasn’t invested in. Despite being a book about sports and training for the Olympics, I thought that would only be a small part of the novel, and although it wasn’t the entire plot, I just had no interest in that aspect. Most of the time, these characters seemed to just be defined by their inclination towards sports or their illness, and I wanted to get to know them on a deeper level.
I always love reading about books set in Australia, so that was definitely a redeeming factor for me. But that was really it, I’m afraid. I want a book that stays with me and impacts me, but apart from a half-hearted aww, there wasn’t much of that in this book for me. I don’t have time for mediocre books, and Just Breathe unfortunately wasn’t one that made me want to keep reading and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was just a meh read for me.
Thanks to Penguin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
This is undoubtedly one of the most authentic, well-written books I’ve read so far this year. The Exact Opposite of Okay is a book about a teen girl who’s an aspiring comic that talks about sex and ‘slut shaming’ in such a raw, genuine manner. I absolutely love books with feminist themes, and this was definitely one of them. It’s powerful and real, and writes about sex and societal expectations shamelessly. I really admire Laura Steven for that. The protagonist, Izzy, is such a refreshing character to read about, and her voice was unique and really shone through. What a sex-positive queen.
The Exact Opposite of Okay was just such a fun read. I instantly felt like I knew Izzy, and her voice was so real that it felt like I was having a conversation with a friend. Although this book talks a lot about the ugly side of society and the expectations that are placed on people in regards to sex, especially young women, this still managed to be a really enjoyable read and not one that was laborious to get though (which could have been easy to achieve had another author tackled this subject matter). This is such a powerful, important novel that everyone needs on their TBR. Simply spectacular.
Thanks to Hardie Grant Egmont for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I was actually quite happily surprised by this book! I went into it not knowing anything about it, but it was such an enjoyable read that I absolutely raced through. The Finder is a novel about a grungy introvert with a talent for finding people who meets a boy with a passion for fashion who band together to try and find a missing twin and a birth mother. I loved reading about the reluctant friendship between the two of them, and how their friendship grew over the course of the narrative. It was just such a cute, fun read.
What I loved most about this book was the family dynamics. There’s big families and siblings and the relationships between parents and their children are explored, and I just really liked that about this novel. I’m so sick of seeing families and parents shoved off to the sideline, and while they didn’t play a massive role in this book most of the time, I loved the family scenes and felt as though they were incredibly realistic and refreshing. I also really liked how Lindsay is 11, so this will appeal to younger readers of YA as well. It’s just such a sweet read!
Thanks to Text Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
If you were living the life of a stereotypical YA protagonist, what else do you think you’d do? Do you hate these tropes in YA? Have you read any of the books that I’ve reviewed? I’d love to hear your thoughts!