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  • In this thesis, I discuss the uses of two different forms of young adult novels for relaying messages about adolescence and femininity to adolescents from adult authors. I explore the traditional and organized quest narrative as written by Anne McCaffrey in her Harper Hall Trilogy with a young female hero. The requirements for the quest make the hero both isolated and above average, which in turn causes the hero to portray a complicated view of femininity and a linear adaptation of the adolescent journey. I then discuss the requirements and allowances of realism in Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things. The result of the realistic novel for young adults is proof that there is no clearly defined reality, adolescent path, or femininity. The protagonist is left to choose her own definitions and manipulate what she sees and hears from others. I conclude that the form of the novel directly dictates the wisdom passed from adult to adolescent, and the explanation of the adolescent journey for young women differs as a direct result of form.
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