Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re exploring the top ten books for readers who enjoy character driven novels.
Most of us have read it or seen the film. This well loved John Green release may be considered the number one character driven book in young adult today. Telling the story of Hazel, a cancer victim who meets the dashing young Augustus who’s in remission. Their story is compelling and we found ourselves emotionally invested in their love story.
Whether you’ve read the original, the adaptations, or just seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube, this one is a favourite of literature lovers all over the world, especially women. We love Elizabeth Bennet. She’s an individual in a time where women are housewives and her sassy personality endeared us all. Then there’s the swoonworthy Mr. Darcy. If you haven’t read the original, pick this one up.
This is one of my favourite reads, ever. A girl snatched from an airport from a stranger who believes is saving her. When your being held captive in the middle of the Australian outback, as an author you had want to ensure that your character are incredibly well developed. Stolen ticks all the boxes. This psychological modern day masterpiece is simply brilliant.
I recently read Dangerous Girls and was blown away. Dre also loved this one, so check out her review here. It’s phenomenal. A girl, her best friend, boyfriend and a group of friends holidaying when one is brutally murdered. We see an insight into the main character of Anna after she is charged with the frenzied crime. It’s moving, it’s enthralling and an ending that is chilling and had most of us hooked from the very first page.
Two boys who are both lost until they find one another. Dante is a free spirit, she more fabulous and carefree of the two, while Aristotle is an angry young man who’s family hold a secret he can’t understand. Never having a close friend before, and although both boys are incredible different, both find a calming solace in one another. It was beautiful and I fell utterly in love with Dante. One of the books to read in 2014.
This book is an Australian rite of passage. A teen from a European Australian background, single mother who’s looked down upon by the Italian community and a girl just trying to find her own feet. Navigating your teen years is never easy, especially where boys are concerned. It’s uniquely Australian in which teens around the world can relate to.
Hands up who didn’t cry reading this one? You didn’t? Shame on you! The tension, the emotion and how the world fell in love with Sky and Holder. This book lifted Colleen Hoover onto my automatic to buy list. Even the companion novel is incredible, Losing Hope. Check them both out. Absolutely brilliant.
This is a middle grade masterpiece. Crystal Chan is a storyteller who paints a vivid picture for her readers, and fills it with in depth characters that will take your emotions to the limits. I absolutely loved Jewel’s character. It’s a poignant story about love, loss and a family coming together again after falling apart.
Another book classed as middle grade, but with incredibly mature themes and social awareness that will appeal to both young adults and adults alike. Similar to the story of Aristotle and Dante, the two boys have been lifelong friends, but Marco’s life isn’t easy. He’s gay and open, but leaves him the target of bullies and is forced to grow up faster than he should be. It”s essentially Marco’s story, but told through the eyes of best friend Stephen’s point of view.
Now this is one I absolutely hated. Idiot teens playing a ridiculous game of suicide. Honestly, what the hell goes on in this town? The teens are all wild and out of control, have no regard for the safety or the safety of others. It’s planking gone suicidal. Biggest group of idiotic teens all assembled within the same pages. I couldn’t even finish this one.