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December 27, 2011

Best of 2011: YA Characters

Kate Hart

For day two of Sarah Enni's Best of 2011 Blog Carnival
we're sharing our favorite YA girls and guys.


Ladies First

favorite YA girls

I totally narrowed this down to the requested five. And by five I mean seven.

Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Lola is great because she's not perfect, and she owns up to her mistakes.

Jill and Mandy from How To Save a Life - Sara Zarr
I've said before that this book is a study in how to write two totally distinct voices, and it's a credit to Sara Zarr that by the end of the book, I cared equally for both characters.

Karou and Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is fabulous in her own way, but it was Zuzana I wanted to drag from the pages to hang out with.

Darla from Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Wait, what? A love interest who is taller and tougher than the boy main character, yet somehow isn't cliche? I'm speechless.

Ruby from Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Nova never reveals Ruby's secret, but I already guessed. She's a veela. (I would probably not want to be her best friend, but I did enjoy reading about her. From a safe distance.)

As For The Boys...

favorite YA boys

Adam from Where She Went (and If I Stay) by Gayle Forman
Even at his most whiny, rock star moments, I wanted to hug this guy.

Virgil from Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Hello Mr. Helping To Support Your Family While Playing Music on the Side and also Rocking Some Killer Dreadlocks. 
Sean from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater 
I think you should get a YA merit badge when you realize you can spell "Stiefvater" without looking it up. And Maggie should get a merit badge for characters whose aloofness is explained and justified and not solved with a little kissing. 
Eldric from Chime by Frannie Billingsley 
I love a guy who's sarcastic, but not maliciously or at the expense of other people. 
Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 
I feel confident in saying Cricket made 90% of today's lists, even though I'm writing this on Monday.


Don't see your favorites? Head over to Sarah Enni's blog and check out the list of participants, or leave a link of your own!


  1. Yeah, I can't imagine a list without Cricket on it. <3

  2. I <3 Cricket! I wish I had a Cricket when I was in high school. :)

  3. What the others said--Cricket Bell is amazeballs <3

  4. Kate, I am right there with you. Cricket Bell made up most of my lists for this blog circus. So much love for that boy!

  5. I just read Anna & the French Kiss and haven't made it to Lola yet. Sounds like I need to!

  6. Yay our lists had some overlap! I could totally have included Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone too. I didn't even think about it, but she rocked.

  7. I had to include both Jill & Mandy, too! It wouldn't be fair to pick just one. ;)


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