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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Don’t forget to visit Sarah Enni, Kate Hart, and Kathleen Peacock to see their lists!