Top Ten Characters I Wish I Could Be Friends With

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday. TTT is a feature organized by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s category is top ten characters you wish you could be best friends with. I had a hard time thinking of characters I hadn’t read recently, so it is definitely skewed, but here are my picks in no particular order:

  1. Grace (Shiver/Linger): Grace loves reading, and she’s very pragmatic and independent. She strikes me as the sort of mellow, low key friend I would enjoy hanging out with. I could see us meeting up at bookstores and coffee shops. At least before all that pesky werewolf drama.
  2. Amy (Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour): I felt like I was road tripping with Amy and we had a pretty good time. She has excellent taste in beverages (cream soda). Amy is fairly quiet and a little socially uneasy. We share some driving related phobias, though she has a better reason for that than I do. I think we’d still need Roger around to make up some playlists and do a lot of the driving, though. I could listen to Amy’s show tunes for a while, but not all the time.
  3. Ollie (The Deathday Letter): I’m not sure Ollie would really want to be friend with me, truthfully. I think he’s more likely the kind of person I would listen in on while secretly wanting to be his friend. Ollie is absolutely hilarious. I know he’d be the kind of friend I could count on to keep me laughing, even at the darkest times (like deathdays). It’s important to have somebody around who understands the importance of dirty jokes.
  4. Matilda: Matilda was the first character I remember really relating to as a kid, so I can see us growing up together and being friends. She was smart and precocious and bookish to being with, and I’m sure that she’d only get better with age. We could hang out at Miss Honey’s house and eat chocolates and curl up with stacks of books. Plus, when we run out of stuff, Matilda could just use her telekinesis to bring us more! I could use more friends with super powers.
  5. Hermione (Harry Potter series): Hermione Granger would make me look like an underachiever, but it would be nice to spend time with someone who understands the need to research and know everything. She’s also way more daring than I am, so she’d push me outside my comfort zone, but also have my back in a dangerous situation. Hermione is pretty much always the one to get people out of trouble.
  6. Kate (Catalyst): Kate is the kind of character I was friends with in high school. She’s a perfect student, does all the right kinds of activities, and she’s a giant bundle of stress while waiting to hear back from a big name school. I’m not sure that those sorts of people were the healthiest for me to be around for my self-esteem, but Kate would definitely have been in my circle of friends.
  7. Finn (Accomplice): Finn is another girl desperate to prove herself, but not always in the brightest ways. I think we would have gotten along well in HS, too, sharing the same insecurity and need for academic recognition, but also sometimes getting in over our heads. I also might have been able to talk her out of that kidnapping plot. That was clearly just a bad idea.
  8. Cara (Sword of Truth series): I don’t know that Cara wants to be BFF with anyone, but she’s got a dark, sarcastic sense of humor and tells it like it is. Cara will kick some ass out of loyalty, but put you in your place when you need it. She can be sensitive, but don’t let her know that you know or she’ll deny it and beat you up to prove you wrong. As long as you steer clear when she’s on a rampage, she’d be a good friend to have around.
  9. Dash (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares): Dash and I both despise crowds and overly cheerful people. We could be angsty together while reading and playing Scrabble. Maybe we could go in together on an OED. I’d bake him cookies to keep him relatively happy, and then we’d talk about how ridiculous people are while we hibernate inside.
  10. Alaska (Looking for Alaska): Alaska Young seems like the kind of character EVERYONE wants to be friends with. She’s fun to the point of recklessness. She is mysterious, so she’ll keep you on your toes, wanting to find out more. I think there’s a lot going on in Alaska’s head that she doesn’t let out, but I’m a pretty good listener, so maybe I could help her. Alaska also builds a life library of unread books so she’ll always have something to read. That’s my kind of friend! We’d never run out of books to trade and talk about, and she wouldn’t make fun of my own book hoarding issues.

Clearly, I have a type. Can you tell?

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12 Responses to "Top Ten Characters I Wish I Could Be Friends With"

  • Grace and Amy were two “almosts” on my list. I would hang with them in a second. You know, assuming Grace wouldn’t go all wolfy on me and all.

    1 Anna said this (November 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM)


  • Excellent list! I may have to make my own, makes you think about the characters that’s for sure.

    2 Sarah said this (November 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM)


  • Great choices. You just reminded me of all the books I need to read. I should have lots of best friends by the end of it!!

    3 Alice Dwyer said this (November 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM)


  • I can’t wait to see if I’ll be bff’s with Amy! I can’t wait to see more of Dash! However, I got my first book from the ARC tour so I’ll have to put it on hold! BOO.

    4 Jamie said this (November 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM)


  • Those things always come at the worst times. Hope you can get back to your previously scheduled reading quickly 🙂

    5 Melanie said this (November 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM)


  • Cara is an awesome choice! I will have to add her to mine! She didn’t cross my mind at first, but now I can’t NOT put her!

    6 brandileigh2003 said this (November 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM)


  • It’s definitely obvious that you have a type! I great Shiver recently, nice call on Grace.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads
    Top Ten Tuesday

    7 Carmel @ Rabid Reads said this (November 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM)


  • I remember when I read the first Harry Potter book, I compared Harry’s experience to Matilda’s. It’s been a long time since I read Matilda or watched that movie..

    8 smellincoffee said this (November 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM)


  • I could see myself being friends with Hermione and Grace too. Grace seems very down to earth and likable and Hermione could get me out of trouble 😀 Haha I think you have some great picks!

    9 Lindsi said this (November 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM)


  • I thought about Alaska too! And you definitely need to read Sarah Dessen. 😛

    10 jen said this (November 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM)


  • I love how many people have Matilda on their list. She was such a great character!

    11 Kayleigh said this (November 30, 2010 at 6:42 PM)


  • Several of your books I haven’t read but hope to (Dash and..; Epic…) Clearly I can’t remember the names but I still want to read them. I forgot to put a Harry Potter character on my list. Bad Girl. You didn’t forget. Good Girl. Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier today.

    12 Anne Bennett said this (November 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM)


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