Hey guuuys. Happy May, happy Tuesday, and happy Top Ten Tuesday! I had such trouble trying to think of answers for this week’s theme, so this list is shaky at best. I’ve tried to the best of my ability to reimagine certain characters and what they’d be doing in ten years, so hopefully it’s not too bad. Enjoy! 😛
1) Elise – This Song Will Save Your Life (Leila Sales)
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation.
When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
IN TEN YEARS: Elise will most likely be a DJ, and we will all benefit from her talent in mixing tracks. DANCE PARTY WOO-HOO!
2) Jude and Noah – I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson)
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
IN TEN YEARS: These two would be AMAZING artists and I’d love to see some sort of collaboration between them. I’m not particularly into art and I can’t say I understand it, but I do appreciate a good work every now and then and I’m open to learning about it. Given how talented they are in the book, can you imagine what they’d be like in ten years? 😛
3) Mia – The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot)
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foor-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.
Is she ever in for a surprise.
First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?
IN TEN YEARS: I watched the movies for this and ABSOLUTELY LOVED Mia’s walk-in-closet, okay? I know the movies diverge from the books and all but let me dream so I can finally see what it’s like to be ~a princess~. #totalnerd
4) Roxie – Nuts (Alice Clayton)
After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner.
Once she’s back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?
IN TEN YEARS: Roxie’s a chef, and there were so many mouth-watering descriptions of her meals in Nuts that I just had to. Wherever you can find cake and pasta, that’s where I am.
5) Hermione – Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling)
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.)
Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!
IN TEN YEARS: If I can visit Hermione, that means Hogwarts is real. And if Hogwarts is real, that means magic is real. And if magic is real, that means… you know. 😛
6) Owen and Annabel – Just Listen (Sarah Dessen)
Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
IN TEN YEARS: These two characters (and this book) are pretty much what started my YA reading obsession. They pretty much embodied what I think is a healthy teenage relationship — they’re friends first and foremost, they’re incredibly respectful and supportive of one another, and they just care about each other. This fanfic illustrates their future pretty much perfectly, I think. I’d basically like to see if they’ve stayed in love all this time and if they’ve got tips. 😛
7) Lola – Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
IN TEN YEARS: Okay, I admit I’ve kind of outgrown Stephanie Perkins and don’t remember anything about this book except that the love interest is called Cricket and that Lola is a costume designer… but are you with me? Lola is a costume designer. I’d love to look at her designs and visit her store, which hopefully exists in ten years. 😛
8) Greg – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Jesse Andrews)
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
IN TEN YEARS: Greg is probably going to be a movie-maker, given the way things are going in the book. While I’m not particularly interested in the movies he’s made in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I am interested in the way the film industry works and would love to chat with him about that. 😛
9) Sam and Jase – My Life Next Door (Huntley Fitzpatrick)
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
IN TEN YEARS: Who doesn’t love the Garretts? I really enjoyed My Life Next Door and would be sooo happy to ~mingle~ with this family for a bit in ten years. Hopefully by then they’ve started multiplying so I can have more Georges and Patsies. ❤
10) Gladys – All Four Stars (Tara Dairman)
Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.
But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?
IN TEN YEARS: All Four Stars is a Middle Grade book and Gladys, the main character, is eleven, which will make her 21 in ten years… hopefully still a genius at cooking and also really brave a girl? I’d love to eat some of her dishes. 🙂
What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! ❤