In honor of the annual I Read YA, Scholastic's #YAStandsFor Daily Social Challenge is: Give a shout out to your favorite literary fictional hero.
OMG, can you ask anything more difficult from a bibliophile?!?
I think this is only a step below: What is your favorite book?
Seriously Scholastic, way to torture my poor, fragile, book loving mind!
There are far, far too many choices and far, far too many beloved characters for me to choose. So, I am picking a particular heroine that stands out to me from a more recent read.
Madeline, from Nicola Yoon's novel Everything, Everything is my choice.
I am aware this book has been made into a movie, I have not seen it. But the novel was... lovely.
My reason for choosing her: Madeline is a character whose Severe Combined Immunodeficiency disallows her from going outside the sanitized, safe world of her home and the company of her longtime nurse and single mother.
She is positive, cheerful and intelligent - a girl who has done everything and seen everything through all the novels she has read over the years. But she decides that life is something to be experienced, not just read. And she decides that the risk is worth the reward of truly living.
There is a quiet but pure courage to that. It was impactful to me and it was certainly a great book.
But, again, FAVORITE LITERARY FICTIONAL CHARACTER?
I call foul, Scholastic.