Min from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman
I love Min's narrative. She's recently broken up with her boyfriend(I'd tell you some more about why he's an ass but that would be a spoiler) and is returning all of his things. She's writing letters to accompany each item. I really like her 'bolshie' attitude and general 'bad assness'. I think that Min made a lot of mistakes but at the same time she came to her senses and wasn't afraid to stand up for herself when she needed to. I'd like a sequel to this because I think she'll go far in life and I want to know what she does after high school. Also I recently found out that Daniel Handler is actually Lemony Snicket and I loved the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Damn, why didn't I include Violet?
Bridget from Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Who doesn't love Bridget Jones. I feel like she represents just a teeny little bit of all of us. If she had a catch phrase it would be 'you were all thinking it, I just said it'. Bridget is just brutally honest in the best way. Her character is very open about everything and it's just so refreshing in a world where everyone is pretending to be calm and collected.
Carey from If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Carey is a 15 year old girl who has been kept in a trailer in the woods with her younger sister for nearly all of her life. In this book they finally escape and are starting to be integrated back into regular life. I love Carey's unrelenting love for her sister. It is really sweet how much she is willing to do to help her. The girls don't even know what a pencil is and it's so interesting seeing our world from the eyes of someone who doesn't understand it. Carey is a very beautiful and troubled character and it's hard not to fall in love with her.
Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Who doesn't love To Kill A Mockingbird. If you've not heard of it it's about racism in southern USA. I love Scout's narrative because she's so young, naive and blissfully unaware of what's going on in the world. Her innocence really stands out. It's funny that she seems to be a lot nicer and more respectful than half of the adults in this novel. Also I would love to have Atticus Finch as a father so when I read her descriptions of him I just pretend.
Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a female mechanic. This has me liking her already because I have big respect for women that work in male dominated industries. Plus she's a cyborg. How cool is that. She takes the classic Cinderella and turns it upside down. She's a a strong independent women who fights for what she believes in. I love reading her narrative throughout the book, it's great.
Next I'm going to be doing my top 5 series and stand alone novels but if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions then please let me know in the comments.