Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday [4]: Top Ten Supporting Characters in YA

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic is a freebie, which I decided to dedicate to my ten favourite supporting characters!

10. Donia (Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr)

Donia is the pensive Winter Girl that travels with Summer King Keenan in his search for a Queen. Her strength is a quiet one, but her temper flares up as quickly as any of the Summer faeries. She changes the dynamics of the royal courts in more ways than one.

9. Bridget (Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty)

Much like Jessica Darling, I overlooked sweet Bridget in Sloppy Firsts. It wasn’t until the second book, Second Helpings, when we both realized just how supportive and awesome Bridget was, despite Jessica’s own bad choices.

8. Miss Texas (Beauty Queens by Libba Bray)

Miss Texas was a game-changer, y’all. I can’t talk about her role in the story without spoiling anything, but suffice to say that she provided excellent commentary on the way we see both men and women in the media.

7. Lily’s family (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan)

Dash & Lily was one of those rare books that makes you cry from laughing, and a large part of that was due to the sheer insanity of Lily’s family. I’ll never look at Santa Claus or wax museums the same way again.

6. Bex (I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter)

Bex is exactly the kind of girl I’d want at my back, were I a spy-in-training. Smart, resourceful and ever reckless, she’s also the kind of friend I’d want at my wedding (to stare daggers at my groom and make sure I won’t get hurt).

5. Bitterblue (Graceling by Kristin Cashore)

In case you hadn’t already heard, Bitterblue is going to be the star of her own novel this year, and I’m SO glad I got to read Graceling first. Cashore’s female characters are perfectly wrought and believably flawed. They are feminists without the title, and teen girls everywhere would do well to emulate them.

4. The Colonel (Looking for Alaska by John Green)

I knew I loved him the minute he started cheering against the rival basketball team. Crazy pranks aside, he’s an excellent friend and a hell of a lot of fun.

3. Tiny Cooper (Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan)

I would sing whatever Tiny Cooper told me to sing, no questions asked. This character could have easily deteriorated into a caricature of gay teens, but Tiny Cooper owns every single facet of his identity and tells the world to shove it.

2. Felicity Worthington (A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray)

If Hermione Granger did not exist, Felicity would be number one on this list. She made me weep in Rebel Angels and immediately feel horrible for crying because Felicity Worthington doesn’t waste her time on tears. She knows what she deserves as a strong girl and she will do whatever it takes to achieve it.

1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)

I could write an ode to the many reasons I love Hermione, but let’s leave it at this: she was the first heroine to show me that I had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. I understood the power of words because of her faith in them, and I chose the path I did because she showed me that anything is possible (even defeating a Dark Lord).

Who are your top ten supporting characters?

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  1. So with you on Hermione Granger. She was a great example for me too while I was growing up. She was intelligent and unapologetic about it. One of the best female YA characters!

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