This was a HARD list to make. I feel that I could have made a dozen lists on this week's topic!
1) Allyson from Just One Day by Gayle Forman
I have nothing for admiration for Allyson. It takes guts to fight depression, navigate the start of college, defy the future your parents set out for you and find yourself along the way.
2) Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Such a smart, intelligent woman who refuses to confine herself to her society's social rules unless she's happy with them. I wish I had that much sass!
3) Hermione from The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
This list would be incomplete without Hermione. She taught me to own being a nerd and unabashedly share my love of books.
Going to a formerly all guys' school, her mother breaking down and regular family/friend relationships makes Francesca one hell of a heroine in my eyes.
5) June from The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
A completely badass soldier girl who turns her back on everything she was taught to believe in.
6) Kami from The Lyburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
What I love about Kami is that even when the chips are down, she's still wisecracking and keeping it positive. Also, her devotion to letting people know what's out there as a budding journalist is awesome.
7) Tessa from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Without spoiling anything specific, Tessa goes through an awful lot due to her special ability. If I were in her place I wouldn't be half as brave.
8) Tris from The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
I read the first book 10 times (I kid you not) in my first year of high school exams every time I felt like giving up. Tris and her courage kept me going; I'm eternally grateful for that.
9) Viola from The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
She moves from another planet, crash lands before anyone else on her ship and has to endure everything Ness throws at her for three books. Which is A LOT. I was more scared for Viola's safety reading Monsters of Men than I was for Harry's safety reading The Deathly Hallows...
My number ten heroine was going to be Arya from A Song of Ice and Fire, but George R.R. Martin doesn't write 100% heroine characters, so I didn't know if Arya could make the list.
Who are your favourite book heroines?