This was originally published as part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Jaja and Kambili, the teen protagonists of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
After surviving devastating events in Nigeria and a cruel, abusive childhood, will they be O.K.? I need to know.
2. Margaret Dashwood, the youngest sister in Sense and Sensibility
She was thirteen when the story opened, intelligent and good humored, with some of Marianne’s romantic proclivities. How does her life turn out? Does she find her own Colonel Brandon?
3. Mor in Among Others by Jo Walton
We saw how events came to a head in the fairy world, but what about Mor herself? Will her fierce imagination and courage, intelligence, and passion for books be enough to sustain her through the vicissitudes of young adulthood? Will she find her social niche?
4. Marcelo Sandoval in Marcelo in the Real World
He did what his father asked of him, coping with the moral ambiguity of the “real world” and having the courage to make tough decisions. Of course, it didn’t turn out at all the way his father wanted. How will Marcelo fare at a mainstream high school and afterward?
5. Jack in Room
When his mom was finally liberated from her nightmarish prison, he left behind the known world and almost everything that had provided security. After his terrifying escape and his mother’s breakdown, and with the media trailing his family, how will he fare?
6. Nick and Amy’s baby in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Is the Queen of Unreliable Narrators actually pregnant at the end of this novel? So she would have us believe. After all, she did have that vial of sperm, and the principle of Chekov’s gun probably applies here. I want to keep an eye on that child, and start searching — now — for the world’s best therapist. I also have a bit of twisted curiosity. How does the offspring of one of the world’s sickest couples turn out?
7. Ree Dolly and her brothers in Winter’s Bone
I don’t think I’ve ever been more anxious to find out what happens next for a heroine. With her responsibilities, it’s unlikely she’ll escape the brutal Appalachian community where she’s grown up. But something tells me she’ll find a way to fare better than the women around her, who are either completely broken, like her mom, or fierce, brutal, and in the thrall of bullying men, aged before their time. I’d actually like to see her work for the bail bondsman. Any chance of a sequel, Mr. Woodrell?
8. Christopher John Francis Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
This is the second Aspergian protagonist on my list. What does the future hold for this young math prodigy, after everything he’s been through?
9. Michelle in Boy A by Jonathan Trigell
I love her confidence, her sensuality, and her big heart. After having her heart broken, at the end of this devastating book, what’s next for her? Does she ever find her soul mate?
10. Ralph in Lord of the Flies by William Golding
After the rescue, he’s the only one for whom I have any hope. And he’s certainly became a bit wiser as a result of this horrific experience. One of my students actually considers this a coming of age novel. 🙂 Will Ralph ever adjust to “normal” life, whatever that is?