10. Paige O’Toole, Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
It’s about a woman who starts doubting herself as a mother because of her past and the relationship she had with *her* mother, so she leaves her newborn and her husband to find her mom and find herself. I know, I know. You’re thinking “she left her newborn?!” Listen, it’s an amazing book with a badass character who risks it all (literally) to discover who she was, to fix who she is now. As a new mom myself, I found a new love for this book and this character. —ptyram7
11. Aibileen Clark, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
She is so kind and brave. She built people up instead of tearing them down. —krazykoala7
12. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
She is so strong, yet, also vulnerable sometimes. When she’s first introduced, she’s such a strong girl, and it seems like she’s completely fearless. But as we get to know her more, we learn that she does have pretty substantial fears. She accepts them later on, and it helps her open up to others, letting her have more fulfilling relationships. —ispendtomuchtimehere