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When I read Divergent in 2013, my main thought over and over was,

“WHERE HAS THIS CHARACTER BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!”

The physically-active, FEMALE, athletic, scared-but-brave character of Tris was a revelation.

As a woman, as a female, without knowing it I’d longed for so many years, for a physically and mentally strong woman, who was still somewhat of an introvert. Really for forever I’d wanted that.

Although I enjoyed Nancy Drew — she was very active with her clean and sporty convertible — she was also super well-groomed, all the time.

Tris was a mess.

It was tremendously refreshing.

I wasn’t a three-sport athlete in school like my sister, but I rode my bike constantly in the summers, climbed a tall blue spruce up to my two-board treehouse to read library books, and still like to try and get outside and move often.

Exercise doesn’t really figure in to a lot of girl characters.

–> Okay. Just figured out this is YA. Young woman instead of girl.

It still counts.

Long live flawed, real heroines.

Veronica Roth

#gowomen

#gogirls

#strongfemalecharacters

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