This thesis compares two young adult novels, "Little Women" written in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott and "Fangirl" written in 2013 by Rainbow Rowell. The comparison focuses on the different ways gender and corresponding roles and stereotypes are performed within these narratives. Special emphasis is on discerning differences and similarities in these performances. Since a hundred and fifty years lie between the publications of these books, the comparison is of historical as well as of cultural value. The first part of this thesis is concerned with establishing background information on past and current trends within young adult fiction by focusing on the role such literature held at different times in history. In addition, appearance and character traits as well as romantic, platonic, and family relationships are discussed. The protagonists in the novels are presented involved in various activities, such as writing, encountering others on different levels of intimacy, and making plans for the future. Whereas Alcotts novel presents a more conventional setting, Rowells contemporary novel “Fangirl” portrays a radically different life for both women and men. By using the same categories of analysis for both texts, historical differences are investigated in detail. Finally, the question of what is meant when talking about gender is addressed. By providing an overview of gender relevant issues that are of importance still today, gender aspects of specific relevance for the 19th century are also discussed.