"There are worse things I could do than go with a boy or two.
Even though the neighborhood thinks I'm trashy and no good.
I suppose it could be true, but there are worse things I could do."
From There Are Worse Things I Could Do, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
I think one of the main characteristics of a so-called Bad Girl is that she doesn't care what anyone thinks -- which is, of course, exactly what gets people talking about her. Here's to the bold, fearless girls of YA -- they're not afraid to lose their tempers, tell it like it is, or follow their hearts...
2. The Angry Girls
Death -- their own or that of a loved one -- has made these girls pretty pissed off. Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Velveteen from Velveteen by Daniel Marks, and Harper From Saving June by Hannah Harrington are all really angry, and they don't care who has a problem with that...
3. The Guilty Girls
Good Girls are supposed to be perfect. In Chime, Briony insistently tells the reader that she's evil and deserves to die. Chelsea in If I Lie makes a terrible mistake and tries to make amends. Everyone thinks that Quinn from If I Lie cheated on her Marine boyfriend while he was stationed in Afghanistan.
Give me your thoughts about the Bad Girl label or tell me about your favorite YA Bad Girls in comments. And then be sure to head over and check out Heather's post - I loved it!