Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted weekly by The Broke and Bookish and anyone is free to participate! This week’s category is characters who have one thing in common. For this one I’m going with characters who are an inspiration to us all. For this category I’m talking about characters who have great character development and change drastically over the book/series. I’m going to talk about these characters as they are at the end of the book, so here’s an extra spoiler warning.

Also, if anyone has a list about adopted characters, or finds one, please link me to it! I’m always looking for book in that category!

  • Lux from Sounds Like Summer by Six de Los Reyes
    Lux goes through some serious development. At the beginning of the book, she’s closed and reserved, unwilling to do anything except listen to music. But by the end of the book she’s really opened up to Micah and it’s clear she’s made some serious strides in changing her life in a positive direction.
  • Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
    I LOVE LARA JEAN and her arc. At first glance, Lara Jean comes off somewhat petty and rather immature, although still endearing. But through the entire series she grows so much and evolves into this fabulous person. I just love her.
  • Amanda from If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
    No doubt, starting over in a new town is difficult, even without taking in other personal challenges. The Amanda at the beginning of the book is rather timid, but as she finds friend and love, she becomes more confident and able to accept herself.
  • Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Cath is so relatable to me. I have similar challenges with anxiety as she does and I think her ability to grow, with the support of others, is so helpful. I love how much she opens up and also finds her place, not only in the relationship to her twin, but also to her father and Regan, who I would argue is the real hero of this story.
  • Willowdean by Julie Murphy
    Like what kind of courage is Willowdean drinking and how can I get my hands on some? Willowdean learns to challenge her unconscious bias, all while challenging others as well. It’s just spectacular.
  • Jamie from Ten Things I hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
    Jamie is instantly relatable as she finds many things about her peers uncomfortable and offensive, but doesn’t feel like she can speak up. Her arc is beautiful and she grows so much as a person, learning to honestly be herself and learning to just care about who is most important. It’s an instant classic.