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Can I just say what an awesome topic this is? My selection would probably make for a pretty crazy table, but it’d be entertaining!
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is all about kindness and inclusion, so I have to start off with the adorable August (and maybe even his friend Summer and sister Via). Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is cute, funny and inventive, and could brighten up any lunchtime. Ted – yes, she’s a girl! – from The Look by Sophia Bennett is just as awkward as I am, but she’s also effortlessly cheery and she’s the kind of girl you’d want on your side in a fight, even if it’s more for moral support than her karate skills.
Day from Legend by Marie Lu on ther other hand oozes cool and is totally daring. Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is probably more likely to join a lunch table than protagonist Celaena or captain of the guard Chaol, and I think he could enjoy getting out of the princely limelight for a couple of hours a week. Isaiah from Pushing the Limits and Crash Into You by Katie McGarry could be the tough guy looking out for everyone at the table while Oliver from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith is charming and basically downright wonderful, and I think he could be an easy-going, reassuring presence in a table filled with such varied characters.
Aly and Teo are the vibrant, generous teenage shapeshifters who provide a safe home for outcast haguari in Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan, so they’d definitely have a place at this table, too. And finally, I’d love to have Jase from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, partly because he’s gorgeous but mainly because he’s just such a good guy. Although, we couldn’t have Jase without girlfriend Sam, and some of his many siblings would probably end up joining too… this is turning into a very busy cafeteria table!
What about you? Who would you invite to share your lunch table if you could choose from any fictional character in YA? Join in the discussion on Twitter and in the comments!
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