Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is top ten books for people who like character driven novels. I think there’s a lot of different ways people define character-driven so for me, I see it as a book where the major turning point is from the character’s decisions or realizations as opposed to being a plot twist or an action. Also books where liking the main character is likely crucial to liking the book.
7. The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson. One of my favourite series(even though I still haven’t read the last one). The growth Elisa shows throughout the first book was amazing and even with a great plot with a lot of action, her growth is the thing that stands out the most in my mind.
6. Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley. This book has two character POVs and both showed growth throughout the book. Without their decisions and realizations, the book would have went nowhere so the characters really drove the plot in this one.
5. Something Real – Heather Demetrios. Another book where the character’s decisions were key for the plot to move. If Chloe and Benny had accepted their parents’ decision to go back on their air, there’s no conflict and no plot.
3. Love and Other Unknown Variables – Shannon Lee Alexander. This one falls more under the ‘if you don’t like the character’s voice’. Charlie has a very distinctive voice, smart but naive, caring but a little socially inept, sometimes a little superior and judgmental, but I found myself loving it.
2. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins. Really, the whole series falls under the ‘don’t like the character’s voice’ label. The plot is simple so it’s Anna who really drives the book with her struggles to come to terms with being at boarding school, her crush on St Claire.
1. Catching Jordan – Miranda Kenneally. Jordan’s actions are the key driver in this book. Her need to please her father, her need for her male teammates to see her as their captain instead of a girl, her fear when a new hot player joins the team. Without Jordan, there’s no book.