Three Life Lessons from DEFY by Sara B. Larson

I Read YA week continues! Today, we’re discussing books which have taught us valuable life lessons. When I read Defy by Sara B. Larson, I took away a few wonderful messages that have stayed with me all these years later.

Life Lessons I Learned From Defy

1. Be Your True Self


Alexa Hollen is a fighter, serving in the king’s army. In order to protect herself, she has to hide her identity, disguising herself as a boy. Once her identity is revealed though, Alexa has to learn how to truly embrace the person she is and the different aspects of her personality from the fierce, brave warrior to the caring and loving sister and friend.


2. Love Is Worth The Fight


Sometimes love is complicated. You cannot control who you fall in love with, or when you’ll fall in love with them. Love is hard. It has the ability to both build you up and tear you down. In this series we get to watch Alexa truly experience romantic love for the first time and endure all the complex emotions that go along with it. Most importantly we get to watch her learn that true love is something that is always worth fighting for.


3. You Have To Fight To Achieve Your Dreams


There is an incredible quote by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that says, “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Alexa’s story in Endure is the embodiment of this quote for me. She has everything her heart truly wants within reach, but in order to obtain her dream, she must fight with everything she has and risk everything she is.


An IRL Lesson from Sara B. Larson

We are so lucky to have Sara as one of our local authors here. I’ve been to several of her events to listen to her speak. Sara always imparts such wisdom about writing and is very open about some of the challenges she herself faces as a writer. Since she’d already signed my copy of Defy at a previous event, she wrote this wonderful writing advice in my copy at another.


In case the image doesn’t load for you, it says, “Read your book outloud – you’ll catch so many mistake, & flaws, & dialogue issue. It helps me SO much! 🙂

I think this is excellent writing advice, whether your writing a novel, a blog post, or just an important email at work.

What is a book that has taught you some important life lessons? What life lessons did you learn?

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14 thoughts on “Three Life Lessons from DEFY by Sara B. Larson

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you so much! I love this series as well. It was one of the first I’d read with a female fighter character.


  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I must be living under a rock if I haven’t heard of this trilogy yet. Those covers are beautiful! Plus, they provided you some amazing life lessons. I would say that The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce taught young Jackie a lot of those lessons. I learned how you don’t need to follow along with society’s expectations if that isn’t what you want, that being different is just fine but might require some extra strength, that sometimes life throws you curve balls and you just need to take them head on. So many great lessons from Tamora Pierce— definitely a series I’d recommend for all YA readers; particularly females!


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      They are gorgeous covers! They came out a while ago now, but I absolutely love them. I’ve never read a Tamora Pierce book, but it certainly sounds like I need to. I love books that incorporate larger life lessons as well. It’s so important for readers, particularly of the YA genre.


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, thank you! I love this series. It’s near and dear to my heart for lots of reasons. The covers are incredible!


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