Top Ten Books which Feature Characters who are Decidedly Average

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic focuses on different characters and each blogger picks which type of character they want to focus on. I chose characters who are average, because we can’t all be Katniss Everdeens or Harry Potters. And ordinariness isn’t always such a bad thing.

  1. Austin: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    • Throughout the book, Austin is no hero, he’s not particularly enlightened, and he doesn’t care all that much or go through earth-shattering changes.
  2. Ryan Dean West: Winger by Andrew Smith
    • Ryan is the epitome of scrawny, teenage boys who are searching for themselves and maybe, possibly a girlfriend. winger
  3. Ed Kennedy: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    • Guys, if Ed Kennedy isn’t ordinary, then I don’t know what is.
  4. Narrator: The Stranger by Albert Camus
    • I guess the whole point of this book is to show the average working of a guy’s mind.
  5. Piggy: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    • For some reason, I feel like Piggy acts how a lot of kids would act in the situation he’s in.
  6. Sloane: The Program by Suzanne Young
    • I really liked Sloane because she doesn’t defeat the Program or grow past it or start a revolution. She gets sucked into the Program the same as everyone else, and I enjoyed a heroine that isn’t particularly heroic. the program
  7. Quentin: Paper Towns by John Green
    • Q’s just the run-of-the-mill band geek crushing on the girl next door. Classic tale.
  8. Scarlet: Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    • All the rest of the characters have some tie to royalty or bio-engineered parts or something, but Scarlet just somehow got mixed up in the fray and went along.
  9. Auden: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
    • Pretty much any Sarah Dessen character can be considered ordinary, which is good because in her contemporary romances, it makes the characters more relatable. along for the ride
  10. Tally Youngblood: The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    • Tally, like Sloane, gets sucked up in the surgeries and the mind control just as easily as anyone else does, but it’s the way she fights through it that makes her stand out as a main character.
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