The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton: don’t you dare trust the Goodreads rating on this one, because it’s a gem. a study on teenage girls, women, power, control and the theatre.
Dare Me by Megan Abbott: noir masterpiece set in a high school about maybe murderous, queer cheerleaders which majority falls under the spell of a charismatic leader.
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott: yes, Megan Abbott - honestly, if you like stories about well-constructed women, just read something of hers. the story of the years between childhood and teenagehood in a languid summer of boredom and friendship and obsession.
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers: gritty, dark YA about a mean girl’s downfall going from predator to prey. (trigger warning for bullying and rape)
Fury by Shirley Marr: the protagonists of this story are rich, entitled snotty girls. you probably won’t like them - that’s not what the author is trying to do, anyway. these means girls have claws and fangs and they’re not afraid to use them. i have one last thing to say: read this book to the end before you form an opinion on any of it. (tw: rape)
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers: once again, another one about a mean girl, but it’s less about cruel battles between enemies and more about penance.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma: it’s kind of hard to explain that one, but if you like unreliable narrators and soft, slow, blurry atmospheres (like being under water annd on that note i’m on theme! you’ll see.) and sister relationships, this is for you.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas: to read for the exceptional relationship between the main character and her best friend and the ending. you won’t be sorry.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: the story of a teenage mean girl trying to make amends before she dies. it’s kind of cheesy, but the characters make it worth it.