The 10 Most Crushworthy Leading Women In YA

The guys had their chance, now it's the girls' turn to make you swoon. These 10 fictional female hotties range from a Machiavellian cheerleader to a Shakespearian mystery woman and a supernatural huntress that gives Buffy a run for her money. So get ready to learn why it's the girls who bring the real heat to YA.

Beth Cassidy

Dare Me by Megan Abbott
She's an alpha mean girl cheerleader with killer survival instincts and a ruthless drive to reign matter who has to "fall" off the top of the pyramid to get her there. She's the underrated girl version of pop culture's obsession du jour with bad boys.

Alice Cullen

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
A fan fave among Twihards, Alice is a petite pixiesque vampirette that can see the future. She'll know if you're her soul mate before you even meet, thus eliminating all that pesky "Is she the one?" business of a first date.

Hannah Baker

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
She's the quiet girl from your high school English class who was beautiful and mysterious and impossible to work up the nerve to talk to. Even after she's gone, you'll wonder what might've been if you'd only had the balls to say hi.


Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Men and women alike can't help but kneel to her every whim, and she'll do whatever it takes to save the people she loves. Ruby has that magical draw that few girls possess...or survive.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Some might argue that a Shakespearian play isn't YA, but I beg to differ. The main characters are teenagers; there's so much angst you could dip your quill in it and write a sequel; and there is a love triangle at the beginning of this star-crossed tale. Rosaline is only mentioned in Act I as Romeo's source of epic morose and poetic weepings and Juliet quickly steals the swoon show, but you have to wonder about the mysterious femme with "bright eyes," "red lips" and "trembling thighs" that had Romeo pining before he fell for the Capulet cutie.


Unremembered trilogy by Jessica Brody
She's a biologically engineered super hottie with violet eyes and has a face that literally no one can forget. Unless of course Diotech, the twisted corporation that created her, gets a hold of you...then they'll make you unremember.


Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
She's like Buffy for the millennials. Who doesn't love a girl who can neutralize a dark fairie prophecy and still find time to date out of her species?

Isabel Culpeper

Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
If you read this list's male counterpart, you know damaged were-hottie Cole St. Clair well. Isabel is his rich B with an itch paramour. Their sexual tension is undeniable, but when Cole shuts her down for "her own good" (a rule that must be written somewhere in the supernatural creature-human relationship handbook) Isabel shows just how well she can play hard to get.

Luna Lovegood

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I would pay a considerable amount of money to read a version of HP where Harry ends up with Luna. She's so quirky and adorable. Plus she's a tad bit loony, which would keep things, shall we say, interesting in a relationship.

Aimee Coutier
My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal (full disclosure, that's me)
Is it wrong to admit I have a girl crush on one of my own characters? Well, if it's wrong, I don't want to be right! Aimee is the sarcastic best friend of my ghostly protagonist Cassidy who is the moral compass of a story that revolves around frenemies and betrayal. She's everything a good girl crush should be: Part of me wants to be her, part of me wants to be her BFF, and another part wants to adopt children and buy a colonial ranch with her.