Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Check in With

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Ugh, I’m not thrilled with that post title, but you get the idea, right? I like this post topic, but I was struggling on the title so I went with the prompt. Oh well 🙂

Anyway, these are the characters that I’ve worried about, fell in love with, and just plain wish were my friends. Which characters do you want to check in with?

Lakshmi from Sold by Patricia McCormick–How could you *not* want to check in with her after what she went through?! And by the way, did you know that Sold was made into a movie? I only just found out about this.

Felton from Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach–Felton will always make this kind of list because he’s such an authentic character. I’m With Stupid leaves us in a good place with Felton, but I still want to know how he’s doing in college.

Violet from The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting–I still think there’s need to be a fifth book so I truly know how Violet is doing. I love that story, I love Violet as a character, and I love her relationship with Jay.

Eleanor and Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell–That ending! I really need to know what’s going on with these two because I love them and their story SO MUCH!

Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick–My adult, rational side knows that most teen relationships don’t last forever, but the YA reader side of me hopes that they do last forever. Hopefully in The Boy Most Likely To, Fitzpatrick’s companion to My Life Next Door, she gives us a glimpse into Samantha’s and Jase’s lives.

Rafe from Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg–Rafe’s a smart and funny and I simply need to catch up with him. He endures so much in this story.

Sutter from The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp–Sutter is on this list mainly because the ending left me wondering what really happened to him. It read like an ending that could purposely be interpreted in different ways.

Ethan from Dead to You by Lisa McMann–What the heck happened to Ethan?! If you’ve read this book then you completely understand that question.

D.J. from the Dairy Queen series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock–Even though D.J. and I don’t have much in common, I know I’d be friends with her. I grew so attached to her and her family that I would love to know how all of them are doing. I want to know how D.J.’s doing in college, in particular.

Reagan and Lilah from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord–I loved this book. A big reason why I enjoyed this so much is because of Reagan and Lilah’s friendship. Besides the country music star aspect, their friendship is one that many readers will relate to. I mentioned it in my review, and I still think that Emery Lord should write a book from Lilah’s point of view.

Audiobook Review: Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Front and Center audioTitle: Front and Center

Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Narrator: Natalie Moore

Publisher: Listening Library (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Graphia)

Release Date: April 4th, 2011 (paperback), February 9th, 2010 (audiobook)

Interest: Trilogy continuation

Source: Purchased via Audible

Summary (From Goodreads): After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I’m always in the background—it’s a family joke, actually, that us Schwenk kids could go to school naked on picture day, we’re all so crazy tall. But I mean I was returning to the background of life. Where no one would really notice me or talk about me or even talk to me much except to say things like “Nice shot,” and I could just hang out without too many worries at all.

But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who’s keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . .

What’s going to happen if she lets these people down? What’s going to happen when she does? Because let’s face it: there’s no way, on the court or off, that awkward, tongue-tied D.J. Schwenk can manage all this attention. No way at all. Not without a brain transplant. Not without breaking her heart.

Audiobook Review:

I’ve reviewed and mentioned this trilogy before because Natalie Moore *is* D.J.  Any time I think about the Dairy Queen trilogy I can hear Natalie Moore’s voice and I can see D.J. clearly.  Her Wisconsin accent is perfect and her differentiation between characters is great.  I read Dairy Queen to my sophomores, and many of them liked it, but I wonder if more of them would have enjoyed it if I could have used a Wisconsin accent like Moore uses.  Now that I’ve read Dairy Queen in the traditional way, I definitely recommend reading this series by audio.  I can’t say enough positive things about it.

Book Review:

Since Front and Center is the final book in this trilogy, I don’t want to say too much.  D.J. has become one of my favorite characters because she’s so honest and real.  She’s more confident in this final installment, but she’s still unsure of herself as an athlete and a young woman.  Watching her grow into herself was so enjoyable in this book.  This might sound odd, but I’m really proud of her.

I loved D.J.’s and Win’s relationship in Front and Center.  It’s obvious what an impact she made on her brother in The Off Season.  Win and D.J. need support from each other even though neither really wants to admit it.  Win plays a big part at the end of the book and it really warmed my heart.  I’d love to read something from Win’s point of view.

If you enjoy the Stupid Fast trilogy by Geoff Herbach then you’ll enjoy the Dairy Queen trilogy.  After finishing it I’ve decided that Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s trilogy is the female equivalent to Geoff Herbach’s.  D.J. and Felton’s lives parallel each other in terms of family, friends, sports, and relationships.

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