My favorite female author (and favorite author period) is Ellen Hopkins. No matter how old I get, I will never stop reading her books. She recently started writing adult books in addition to young adult books, though, so I guess I can read books for my age SOMETIMES. I read her first one, Triangles, not that long ago and I like it. It has some racy stuff in it (it's about affairs and midlife crises) and it's definitely a bit different from her YA books. Then again, her YA books weren't exactly "kid-friendly" to begin with. That's why I love her. She tells the truth about teenagers and doesn't ignore things that are actually happening to teens today, like drugs, abuse, and prostitution.