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This week’s Top Ten List is…
Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels
This is my favorite Top Ten Tuesday selection ever! I love character driven novels. I love getting in characters heads and their actions and how it all plays out in the end and yes, I just love them. This will be very Young Adult heavy because, well, obvious reasons. 🙂 Let’s begin.
Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Yes, you all knew this was coming. I’ve seen it on several lists already, but I couldn’t not include it. This novel, while not perfect, is amazing. It is character driven in the complete sense of the word. The main character Charlie, is a freshmen in high school who is mostly a wallflower, becomes friends with two seniors. In addition to seeing him interact with his friends, it’s great to see his home life, how that influences him and affects him. It’s even better on a re-read because then readers know why certain things occurred.
Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
Love Letters to The Dead is, basically Perks of Being A Wallflower’s cousin as both books share several similarities, especially characterwise. The main character, Laurel, is also a freshmen in high school, who finds a group of friends and discovers a new world. Laurel writes letters to various dead people, mostly singers and actresses, it’s through these letters that we glimpse into Laurel’s life involving her friends, family and ultimately, her sister’s death.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Two teenagers who initially want nothing to do with one another, slowly fall in love. This novel is told through both Eleanor and Park’s point of views which really helped see both sides of the relationship and their families.
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
This is my most recent favorite character driven novel involving a girl named Liz Emerson, the sort of dislikable, rich, popular, party girl of sorts with buried issues. I really love the way Falling Into Place is written, it follows a non linear format and because of that, readers are able to see Liz’s life through Liz and the narrator. We also see her friends lives which I loved.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #2)
Although I could have put If I Stay in this list and it would have fit perfectly, i decided to go with the sequel since I loved it more. Following the events of If I Stay, Where She Went picks up three years after Mia’s accident. It’s told through Adam’s view rather than Mia’s which was a great change of pace. We see how his life’s been going and due to one simple walk, Adam meets Mia again for the first time in three years. This is a completely character driven novel as we see the characters interact with each other, trying to figure out what to do now.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Like Perks, I couldn’t not put this book on the list. The Fault In Our Stars was hard to get into in the beginning, as I felt the characters were a bit lacking. However, I fell in love with Hazel and Augustus in the end.
Every Day by David Levithan
Every Day is a great character driven novel which revolves around someone called A. A wakes up in a new body every single day. For so long, A has simply disconnected as that’s the key when living this sort of life, disconnecting. However, when A meets Rhiannon, everything changes. Soon A tries to spend every day with Rhiannon and getting to know her. I really loved seeing who A was as a person and getting to know who Rhiannon was. Rhiannon is possibly one of my favorite characters of all time because of how realistic I felt she was.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Yes, a classic, a little rare on this blog. 🙂 Of Mice and Men is one of my favorite books that I read while in high school. It’s about two friends named George and Lennie. Their goal is to eventually live the american dream consisting of an acre of land and a shack. George and Lennie are definitely two contrasting characters so it’s great to see them interact with one another. I really loved their friendship in this novel. I loved seeing the other characters like Crooks, Candy, Curley, and Curley’s wife.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Set in a distant dystopian future, the main character is Guy whose job is to not put out house fires, but to set fire to books. When we meet Guy in Fahrenheit 451, he enjoys the burning, later though, he realizes that maybe, perhaps, he shouldn’t burn books and doesn’t want to anymore. There are several interesting characters who we only get mere glimpses of such as Guy’s wife, Mildred, who’s infatuated with her “family” of four wall television and Clarisse, who disappears without a trace.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife focuses on two characters, Henry and Clare. Henry is a time traveler who meets Clare when she’s only eight years old in a meadow. This is another great non-linear novel to read. It’s told through Henry and Clare’s views which is really nice. Reading both of their views really helped learn about their characters.