It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table. Perfect for the first day back to school here in Minnesota! Let’s see what kind of motley crew I can assemble here, okay?
1. Marcus Flutie (Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty): Let’s just get him on this list and out of the way first, shall we? Because teenage me would probably have been desperately in love with Marcus Flutie, were he not fictional. Sure, I would’ve been turned off by his drug use and the endless rotation of girls he’s sleeping with, but then he’d talk, and be challenging and smart and weird, and I’d love him. I’d crush on him because of his collection of tshirts, his weird phases, his status of mysterious loner. He’d be at my table, but I’d probably be sitting way down on the other end, trying to work up the courage to verbally spar with him. Sigh.
2. Hassan Harbish (An Abundance of Katherines by John Green): Because he’s smart and hilarious. And really, there’s nothing in life I like better than people who are good at witty banter and who can make me laugh.
3. Andrea Marr (Girl by Blake Nelson): 90s girl. Grunge. Thift stores. Boys in bands. What more do I need to say–she’s my kind of girl.
4. Gabe Williams (Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills): Gabe’s only in high school but has a radio show on the college station, called Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Given that in real life I listened to this show as a teenager, it’s only natural I’d want to be at Gabe’s table.
5. Frankie Landau-Banks (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart): A sharp-tongued feminist who’s also possibly a criminal mastermind? Color me obsessed.
6. Hava Aaronson (Never Mind the Goldbergs by Matthue Roth): One of my favorite characters from a book that hardly anyone I know has ever heard of, much less read. Hava is an Orthodox Jew and a punk. She’s sassy and outspoken, angst-ridden and flawed. She searches for her identity while listening to some fantastic bands. I think we’d be friends.
7. Allie (The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz): Allie works at a record store, writes a zine, and has a blog. Do you see a running theme here for the friends I’m picking? If you knew the purple haired, pierced, zine-writing, music obsessed teen me in the 90s, you’re not surprised by this table, are you?
8. Emily Black (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone byStephanie Kuehnert): Guitar player in a punk band, so we’d probably be friends, but I’d also find her insufferable. I maybe wouldn’t even really like her very much, but she’d provide lots of drama, which would keep things interesting. Also, we’d probably fight about music. Like the book itself, I’d think she looked cooler than she was.
9. Marisol Guzman (Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger): If you know me, or have read this blog with any sort of regularity, you might know that I have a special connection to this book. Marisol and I could scribble things for our zines over in a corner and make sarcastic comments about everything. Marisol describes herself as a “Puerto-Rican Cuban Yankee Cambridge, Massachusetts, rich spoiled lesbian private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin looking for love.” I adore her (but I might be a little biased).
10. Norah Silverberg (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan): Guess what? Another character who is really into music! I know! Norah is cynical and complicated. She likes swearing. She’s kind of aggressive and brilliant. I’m pretty sure she’s too cool to hang out with me–but maybe I’d find out that she tries really hard to be that cool.