Sarah Enni suggested a week of the best of 2010 lists. This is day three: Favorite Male/Female Characters of 2010. Here are my favorites from the last year.
- Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series – Despite what you think about her treatment of Peeta and Gale, Katniss is a kickass heroine. She feeds her family, risks her life for her sister and strangers, and she has the survival instincts of her namesake – the cat.
- Regina Afton of Some Girls Are – I didn’t like Regina at the start of the book. Yet, somehow, Courtney Summers managed to make me feel sympathetic to her and by the end I was entirely on her side. Regina’s awesome voice kept me reading even when I didn’t like her, though.
- Tiny Cooper of Will Grayson Will Grayson – Tiny is all kinds of fabulous. I wish more teens could be brave like he is. I wish I could be brave like he is. Tiny puts himself out there. Love or hate him, you know that what you see is what you get with him. I admire that kind of honesty.
- Katsa of Graceling – Another strong heroine. I mean, she carries a young girl over a mountain pass and her uncle uses her as an assassin. After a slew of YA books with simpering heroines looking for a man to rescue them, Katsa was so refreshing to read.
- Arnold Spirit (Junior) of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – I loved the voice in this book that manages to be very real, heartbreaking and outrageously funny. Junior’s take on the world is never dull.