I really struggled with this one. I had to go through my entire goodreads “read” list. Twice. But here are my ten characters (or people, in the case of #10) that I want to know more about.
Spoilers kind of abound. So proceed with caution. There won’t be spoilers in the titles, though, so you are safe to scan and avoid any books that you haven’t read…that you still might want to.
#10–Lauren Manning, Love Greg and Lauren, Greg Manning; Unmeasured Strength, Lauren Manning
Lauren Manning was one of the survivors of 9/11. Her husband wrote a stunningly raw book about her recovery, and she later followed it up with her own account. She is fiercely private, though, and it’s really impossible to find consistent updates about her life. I totally respect that, but I’m always looking.
#9–Oliver Barrett, Love Story and Oliver’s Story, Erich Segal
We last saw Oliver Barrett, IV, in 1977’s Oliver’s Story, which was set about five years after Jenny died. Oliver was in his late twenties by then, maybe early thirties. That haunting last line, “Sometimes I ask myself what would I be if Jenny were alive. And then I answer: I would also be alive,” stuck with me all these years, and I wonder how Oliver fared during the rest of his life. As a widow, I know how hard it is to move past the pain of the life you thought you were going to have, and, honestly, I felt just like Oliver for the first few years. So I wonder, maybe as much for myself as for Oliver, if he’s still walking dead all these years later…or if he did heal, and found someone. I hope he did.
#8 Tres Navarre, the Tres Navarre series, Rick Riordan
I’ve recently whined about the way that Riordan abandoned this series in favor of the Percy Jackson books. I hold out hope that once his kids are all grown, and he grows tired of printing money, he will give us the series end that we deserved.
#7–Mickey Bolitar, the Mickey Bolitar series, Harlan Coben
Coben wrote this trilogy as a YA spin-off to his Myron Bolitar series. I loved seeing the characters I had grown ever so attached to through the eyes of Myron’s nephew. But for some reason, Coben stopped after three books, and has seemed to indicate that we are through with Mickey. I mean, I get it. Mickey will grow up…but I hope that we get to see more of grown-up Mickey in the written-all-too-infrequently main series.
#6–Willow Chance, Counting by 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan
I want to see a grown-up Willow. This book was so brilliant, and I want an update.
#5–Daisy Jones, Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
All I need is one more epilogue. I want to see what happens when Billy and Daisy meet for coffee, all those years later. Maybe I’ll get it in the TV show..
#4–Amy and Nick Dunne, Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
*EXTRA SPOILER WARNING*
I know how the book said it WOULD end. I just want to know how it DID end. Did Amy and Nick stay together for all those years? Did they end up killing each other? Did they stay together forever, once they realized that no one else was dark or twisted enough for either of them?
#3–Aervyn, Modern Witch series, Debora Geary
This whole series stopped right in the middle after Geary’s marriage imploded. And while I want complete resolution for all the characters, I am especially sad about not getting to see Aervyn grow up. I know I’ve said this before…but she promised. 😭
#2–Rob Ryan, In The Woods, Tana French
I’ve talked before about the structure of the Dublin Murder Squad series, where a secondary character from a previous book becomes the main character in a subsequent book. But we never revisited Rob Ryan, the protagonist of the first book. And of all the characters, he’s the one I really want to know more about.
#1–Lee Fiora, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
This one is personal, because I felt about Prep the way an entire generation of young women feel about Taylor Swift lyrics. This book made me feel seen in a way that was exhilarating and more than a little troubling. I felt like someone handed my diary from my freshman year of college directly to Curtis Sittenfeld, and she just wrote it up, barely even changing the names. I mean, Lee is my little brother’s name, for goodness sake.
So, I’m extra curious as to how Lee turned out. Did she turn out like me? Cause, I mean, I turned out OK…and wow, I hope she did, too.
So that’s my ten…what character’s fate keeps you up at night? Preach on in the comments.