This week The Broke and the Bookish are asking for our favorite character-driven books. These are books were the characters come alive for readers. They grow and develop and they are the ones driving the plot forward rather than heart-racing action. For me, these books are the ones I savor and the ones that tend to stick with me long after I have closed the book.
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This one is a slow burner of book. It may take a while to get into it, but the patient reader is in for a treat.
2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. One of my all-time favorites. I just love Ed and The Doorman.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I could gush about this one all day long.
4. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. It’s really difficult to pick from A.S. Kings books. They are all character-driven and they are all beautiful and amazing.
5. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I love this book about an unlikely friendship.
6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. See all those awards on the cover? This book deserves every one! Ari and Dante are fantastic.
7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is one of the best unreliable characters I have read in ages.
8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This one features a colorful cast of characters and readers will be rooting for Josie from the start.
9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I really enjoyed this debut novel. Theo is such a complex character. She has a lot going on!
10. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I haven’t mentioned this old favorite in a while!
It was hard to limit myself to just ten!