Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books that would be on your class syllabus if you taught X class. I chose to do Growing your Character 101.

Growing Your Character

Professor Islandgeekgirl

Course Syllabus

Fall Semester


This course offers a look at studying character growth in Young Adult novels. We will study the following books and themes:

Character growth in paranormal/fantasy books:

throne of glass big The Throne of Glass Series – Sarah J Maas. How does Celaena grow throughout the book? Is she a character you can relate to even though she lives in a completely different world? What main attributes do you think contributed to her growth as a character?

iron king big The Iron Fey Series – Julie Kagawa. How is family related to Meghan’s character growth? In your opinion, what is the moment that shows her growth the most? Did you feel that anything hindered her growth?

girl of fire and thorns big The Fire and Thorns Series – Rae Carson. Compare and contrast the Elisa from the beginning of the book and who she is by the book’s end.

Character growth in historical books:

vengeance road Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman. Do think you Kate’s thirst for justice helped or hindered her growth as a character? How did the time period play into the growth of the characters? In your opinion, what was the most important part of the book that showcased the growth of Kate?

prisoner big Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman. How does Gretchen grow throughout the book? How did the setting and country play into her growth? Why is her character growth also dangerous?

forbidden Forbidden – Kimberley Griffiths Little. Compare and contrast the Jayden from the beginning of the book to the Jayden at the book’s end.

Character growth in contemporary books:

goodbye The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. Why is grief so important in relation to character growth? What moment do you think Lex began to grow as a character? How did Lex’s journal entries fit into her growth?

start of me and you The Starts of Me and You – Emory Lord. Does facing a fear, successfully or otherwise, necessarily mean growth as a character? What did you think of Paige’s plan to move on? What moment do you think marked the beginning of Paige’s character growth?

every last word Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone. Compare and contrast Samantha McAllister to Sam McAllister.

Character growth in a multiple points-of-view book:

proof of forever Proof of Forever – Lexa Hillyer. Do you think using four points-of-view hurt the growth of the characters? Find examples of the character growing while not in their own point-of-view. Which character do you feel grew the most from beginning to end, use examples.



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10 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I love your choice of The Start of Me and You & Throne of Glass. The main characters in both of these novels develop so much throughout the the novel & I’m a HUGE fan. I haven’t read some of the books on your list , but I am going to go ahead and check them out!
    Great post!

  2. Amazing list! Such interesting questions as well!

  3. what a great twist on characterization – would be a fun class! My TTT

  4. The Last Time We Said Goodbye is being added to my TBR pile. I think it would probably fit in perfectly with my TTT syllabus (

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