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We know this week is our "10 top favorite characters in our chosen genre". But we thought we'd continue the Valentine's spirit and show a little love for the best friends / sidekicks in our favorite books.
# 1 Rue
Hunger Games / Suzanne CollinsKatie: When it's a competition to the death, Rue is still willing to make friends with Katniss and take down the Careers group. A best friend till the end! (Salutes with three fingers to district 11)
# 2 Tara
Southern Vampire Mysteries / Charlaine HarrisKrisha: You know these better as the books that inspired the show Trueblood. Now I know that book Tara is a very, very different girl than tv Tara. Regardless, Tara is a cool girl that kept the story line going when needed. At what girl doesn't need a BFF to keep her in line? Sookie is a lucky girl to have a friend to put up with all her paranormal bullcrap.
Cinder / Marissa Meyer
Katie: World's best Sidekick... and as sad as it sounds... yes, Iko is also Cinder's best friend and the one being she can depend on! Hopefully Cinder can build Iko back up, and I can read about him more in Scarlet.
# the Cat
Coraline / Neil Gaiman
Krisha: This sarcastic cat was such an essential character to the book. Dare I say that he was about the only "friend" that Coraline had? He certainly helped her escape from Other Mother. I think that Gaiman did a great job in personifying how a cat would be so aloof and nonchalant if it really could talk.
#5 & 6 Shay
The Uglies Series / Scott Westerfeld
Katie: I am a big fan of this series and if you have read it too, you know that Tally and Shay's relationship is always changing. They were great friends in book one... semi enemies in book 2, and in book 3 and 4 Shay really developed into Tally's sidekick / right hand woman. I haven't read Shay's Story-->but I really need to. I would like to know how she felt about different things that happened throughout the series.
Krisha: I think through most of the series I would almost classify Shay as a frenemy. But I sympathize with her because Tally wasn't always the best of friends. The girls really get their acts together through the series and learn to work as a team when needed. I, too, need to read Shay's Story but it's a graphic novel and I don't typically pick those up.
# 7 Annabeth & Grover
Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Rick RiordanKatie: This series, and the Lost Hero Series is jam packed with great best friends / sidekicks... Annabeth and Grover are two glowing examples of great friends! Just in book 1 of this series, Annabeth and Grover travel with Percy to the Underworld to steal back the lighting rod, rescue his mother, and restore peace in Olympus! I love this series, and the Lost Hero Series! Yes, its Middle grades, but its just one of those MUST READ series!
# 8 Dustfinger
Inkheart Trilogy / Cornelia Funke
<--- And look at him from the movie. Having a pet ferret makes him a cool sidekick in my book.
# 9 Xander
Matched Series / Ally Condie
Katie: ** slight spoilers ** While Cassia may have been matched up with Xander in the beginning, I don't think I'm giving much away when I say, that she chooses someone other than her match in book 1 (hence the plot). While this would shatter most men, Xander is a trooper until the very end. He swore he was her best friend from the beginning and the proved his point. Xander was there for Cassia until the very end as her best friend, not expecting anything more. Keep in mind for those of you who have not read it, I am not stating who Cassia picks in the end. Merely that Xander is her friend until the end :) What a trooper!