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Music video by Rye Rye performing Sunshine. (C) 2010 N.E.E.T./Interscope Records

Rye Rye is an up-and-coming artist and the first to be signed to MIA’s N.E.E.T. label. She debuted at the age of 16, and has been popping up everywhere since. Her tough, practical girl lyrics can be heard on songs in collaboration with other female heavy-hitters like MIA and Robyn.


Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls by Carrie Brownstein

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Back in 2001, the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls was founded by area musicians in Portland as a place that girls ages 8 to 18 can go to go learn how to rock.  The book (named after the camp) brings the lessons and activities from the camp to everyone. It has something for anyone interested in becoming involved in different aspects of the music industry – how to write songs, play instruments, get gigs, and record an album. There is even a short history of women in rock for the music nerd in all of us.

Fans of popular female-centric bands will be happy to see contributions by members of Sleater-Kinney, the Gossip, and Mirah.


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Persepolis is a film based on the graphic novel/memoir of the life of a young woman growing up during the Iranian Cultural Revolution.  At a very young age, Marjane understands that change happening. She is now forced to wear a black veil to school.  She is no longer in classes with boys her age.  She is not allowed to question authority.  She watches as her parents’ hopes crumble as the fundamentalists take over.

Marjane is a precocious and outspoken girl, so she begins to challenge the authorities.  She outwits the “social guardians” and discovers punk and ABBA. In this scene, she is buying illegal music wearing her homemade punk clothes:

Her parents begin to worry about her, thinking her bold, rebellious personality will get her into trouble or even worse. So she is sent off to Austria at the age of 14 to protect her from the fundamentalist regime in Iran.  Here, she is faced with a new set of problems – fitting in.  Marjane will find a new life and even love, but she may never find home again.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

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Frankie Landau-Banks isn’t like the other girls at Alabaster Preparatory Academy, and she doesn’t really see why she should be. Yeah, she had just gone from an awkward, unnoticed 14 year-old to a knock-out 16 year-old, but who wants to live life getting by on looks alone? Though…one of the good parts about suddenly showing up on the radar is that Matthew Livingston finally noticed her. She has a boyfriend, now. A senior boyfriend.

After he starts disappearing and showing up in the oddest places with his friends, she knows he’s in an all-male secret society like the one her father was in when he went to school there. It’s SO obvious to her. Why won’t he just tell her?  Maybe he would if she proved to him how smart she was…how diabolical she could be. How she could be just like them – BETTER than them at their own game.  She’ll show them that she belongs if it takes pranking herself straight out of school!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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The 74th Hunger Games are over, and life has changed for Katniss.  She and Peeta now live with their families in the upscale, yet mostly empty Victor’s Village in District 12.  Though Katniss and Peeta live close to each other, they couldn’t be further apart.

For the rest of their lives, Katniss and Peeta will be mentors to the tributes from District 12. They will guide one boy and one girl from their district each year knowing they are most-likely sending them to their death. They will always be in the spotlight, pretending to be in love to keep the Capital happy.


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“Celebrity, sex, and fashion…without airbrushing.”

Jezebel is a go-to website for news, culture, fashion, gossip, sex and health information with a female slant. The authors are not afraid to have opinions, and neither are the commenters, so discussions can get rather lively on this website.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

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When Jessica’s best friend, Hope moves out of town, how is she supposed to deal with it? Hope is the only person she knows that she can talk to. All of the other girls at school are obsessed with boys, boys, boys and shopping, shopping, shopping.  Her dad can only fixate on her track meets and her mom is completely mother-of-the-bridezilla over her sister’s wedding.

She is forced to dredge her way through another awful year of teenage-dom.  She has completely mixed feelings about her friend, the brilliant yet rebellious Marcus Flutie. If only she had Hope there to talk to!

Sloppy Firsts is the first book in the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty.