As I am currently reading the Dear Evan Hansen novel, I’ve had this world on my mind for a while. When I seen that Snowandbooks created a tag, it seemed like a perfect fit!
This tag may contain spoilers for Dear Evan Hansen if you’re unfamiliar with the musical/overall story!
Anybody Have a Map? – a character who is lost (emotionally or literally)
Joaquin from Far from the Tree by Robin Benway. Seeing as he’s in the foster care system, Joaquin doesn’t really have a sense of who he is or where he necessarily came from and in the story Robin showcases that sense of being lost in who he is very well.
Waving Through a Window – a character with social anxiety
I’m going to change this up a bit and tell you all about Moss from Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (he has general anxiety and has experience with panic attacks, not social anxiety!). This is quite a heavy read and I absolutely felt for Moss as a character by having similar feelings with my own anxiety. If you are in a place where you feel comfortable reading about such matters, I truly can’t recommend reading this book enough.
For Forever – a character with a best friend/best friends
Cassa, Evander, Alys, and Newt from Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria. Honestly, this book has one of my favorite friendship groups. I go in more detail about my feelings with this book here if you’d like to read it but just know that their dynamic was so well written!
Sincerely, Me – a character who writes letters/diary entries
The character that immediately came to my mind was Charlie from the Perks of being a Wallflower. Just in case you haven’t read or heard of this book, all I will say is that the format this story is written in the form of letters that come from Charlie as he’s going through his first year of high school. I absolutely loved this book when I read it and would recommend checking it out if you haven’t read the book!
Requiem – a character you didn’t mourn
Joshua Raines’s grandfather in Glass Town by Steven Savile. From what I can recall from my reading experience at the start of this year, I believe there wasn’t too much said about him as a character besides the main aspects that are necessary to know for the sake of the book’s plot.
If I Could Tell Her – a character who took forever to confess their love
All I can think of is Simon Snow in regards to his feelings towards Baz in Carry On. Not only does he take some time to recognize that he has feelings for Baz, but Simon also has to realize that he and Agatha really aren’t the couple everyone expects them to be.
Disappear – a character who didn’t make the film adaption
Even though I haven’t seen the movie yet (I really want to but haven’t had the chance to!) Simon’s older sister isn’t included in Love, Simon. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure about this!)
You Will Be Found – a character who wasn’t there for most of the book and came out of nowhere
As much as I’ve tried to think of a character for this, my mind is drawing up blank! (If at a later time a character comes to mind, I will try my best to adjust this post accordingly!)
To Break in a Glove – a character with a good father figure/close with their dad
Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I remember being reminded of my own relationship with my dad at times while reading this book, and honestly as I’m writing this all that’s coming to mind is how I should give this story a reread!
Only Us – a character with a love triangle
I’m going with a classic for this one: Katniss from the Hunger Games series. It’s been a little while since I read these books, but I remember really enjoying them.
Good For You – a character who made a bad decision
Margo in Paper Towns by John Green. As much as I understand her wanting to figure out who she is as a person by running away, it wasn’t the best of choices to make.
Words Fail – a book that left you a sobbing mess
I will say that a few tears were shed once I finished reading Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Since this book isn’t going to put into the world until January of 2019, I’m not going to go into too much detail about why I had this reaction. However, I want to express how much I adored this story and want you all to know how well these characters were written. Please. Pick. Up. This. Book!
So Big/ So Small – a character whose parents are divorced
I was getting frustrated at one point because I couldn’t think of a character whose parents were divorced for the life of me. Eventually though, I was able to recall that Finch’s (from All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven) parents weren’t together.
Finale – a book that came together beautifully at the end
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. One of my favorite reads I’ve picked up during 2018 to be perfectly honest with you all. I honestly can’t praise this story enough, I was so touched by it and found quite a few things within its pages impactful (you can read about four things in particular in this post that began my Power in Words series!)
BONUS: In the bedroom down the hall – a character that took good care of their crew/child/gang
Simon Spier (from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli) is honestly the kind of friend I would’ve loved to have in high school. He’s just such a kind person who I have so much appreciation for.