Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic is: Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

As a self-proclaimed character-reader, you know this week’s top ten list is right up my alley! I’m a firm believer that minor characters can make or break a story. Here’s my list of some of my favorite secondary characters (in no particular order; that would be way too difficult):


1. Howie in I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga - Love him! Howie is by far my favorite character in this book. He’s funny, cautious, and yet a risk-taker. Most importantly, he’s loyal - his friendship with Jazz is heartwarming in the midst of a dark, gruesome story.

2. Asha in Speechless by Hannah Harrington - I want a friend just like her! She doesn’t judge, she looks past people’s faults, and she’s just there for you - we need more girls like her in high school today.

3. Park’s mom in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - My opinion of her changed so much throughout the book; by the end, she was perfect! One of my favorite scenes in the book is when she forces Eleanor into a makeover. She may be quirky, pushy, and outspoken, but everything she does is done out of love.


4. (Captain) Thorne in Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - So funny! His overconfident and flirtatious nature, and the way it drove Scarlet mad, had me laughing out loud. He provided the perfect ice-breaker in some super-intense moments.

5. Rayna and Toraf in Of Poseidon by Anna Banks - Best (mermaid) relationship ever! Toraf’s undying love (even in the face of Rayna’s wrath), Rayna’s need for independence (even when wanting to rely on someone), and the way they perfectly complimented each other had me swooning just a bit.

6. Kenji in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Another great comic relief character in an extremely tense story. I got a little bit nervous about Kenji towards the end, but, thankfully, he came through for me. I hope he plays an even bigger role in the sequel, Unravel Me.

7. Tiny Cooper in Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - So dramatic, over-the-top, in-your-face, crazy and oh so perfect for the story! Just like Asha in Speechless, I found myself wanting to be friends with Tiny Cooper. He is comfortable in his own (very large) skin and forces other to see the truth inside themselves. Sign me up for a friend like him!


8. Rue in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I loved Rue for who she made Katniss become. Without Rue, would Katniss have fought back? Without Rue, would Katniss have saved Peeta? Without Rue, who would Katniss be?

9. The Weasley Twins (Fred & George) in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Call me old-fashioned, nerdy, lame, whatever - I still LOVE Harry Potter. The Weasley twins were two of my favorite characters throughout the entire series. My favorite moment? When they lit the fireworks during Umbridge’s reign. So rebellious, yet always standing up for what’s right - love!

10.  Harley in Across the Universe by Beth Revis - He is just so real; in a world with upside-down values, Harley just gets it. He knows what life should be like and he’s going to live his that way, even if it means being in a mental institution (for the sane - it’s all mixed-up). Plus, his sarcasm is spot-on - I love a witty sidekick.

I’m sure I’m missing some great characters - who would be on your list?


  1. Rayna and Toraf cracked me up! They were a lot of fun. And Harley - poor Harley. I felt so badly for him. :(

    Great list!

    TTT @ Krista's Dust Jacket

  2. Very interesting list! I'm always happy to see Rue love. I like Howie as well, but Connie won me over a little more :)

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