I missed last weeks T5T partly because it was HARD thinking of books that made me laugh, but I’m here this week for the new prompt! Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm has made today much easier, and asked for the top five characters folks would want as a best friend.
Since I read mostly YA, these are the characters I would have most loved as a best friend when I was in high school!
Holly Munro from the Lockwood and Co. Series by Jonathan Stroud
Introduced in The Hollow Boy, Holly Munro at first got on my nerves because of the way she was framed in Lucy’s POV, and then I realized she was easily my favorite side character. She’s precise and thorough and hinted to be queer (though I wish that would have been actually openly pointed out), and she reminds me a lot of myself!
Iseult det Midenzi from the Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
Iseult is part of the reason I love this series so much! She’s the cool reason to Safi’s hot-tempered recklessness, and though she’s perhaps not as brave as Safi, she is so determined and resourceful. I love her quiet dedication and really relate to some of her fears of not living up to expectations.
Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie is one of my fiction heros, to be totally honest. She grows so much over the course of the book, and I love the way she adapts to her curse, shifting from meek shop girl to crabby and determined granny, and ultimately back to a shop girl but with backbone in the end. She has a ferocity and drive that is so completely human and self-discovered instead of granted by magic, and I love her so much!
Chubs Meriwether from The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken
CHUBS. I love his sarcasm, his close devotion to the Black Betty crew, his cleverness, his everything. He’s possibly my favorite TDM character (though Vida is VERY strong competition), and I’m incredibly attached to him, especially as someone who also ends up being the mom friend of the group nine times out of ten. Someone’s got to do it. It’s usually him, just like it’s usually me.
Hal from Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Hal was a wonderful character in Inkmistress, and from the start, I was just delighted with his easy-going, friendly nature. He has wit and cheer and spunk, and he actually reminds me of someone I’m very close to now in some aspects, which means I’d probably get along with him pretty well.
Which characters would you be best friends? Who would you want to be best friends with but totally couldn’t? This is what books are for, right?