Yet again I overthought the prompt: "Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That's your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)"
Frankly, my country could do with some help in the leadership department. So, I started think about characters that give me hope for the next generation. You know, characters that I want to be real and old enough to be running for office so that I could vote for them. Actually, you know what? I want to vote for them together. Think of them as a YA dream team.
Also, in completely related news: if you are American it is Election Day. Go and vote, man Please. Confused about the issues? Need to call your senator? Celeste at It's Time to Fight basically has everything covered.
by Nic Stone
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Published: October 17th 2017
Rating: Full review of Dear Martin
Times read: 1
Recommended by: The whole internet but I think that Goodreads' algorithm steered me to it first.
“You can’t change how other people think and act, but you’re in full control of you. When it comes down to it, the only question that matters is this: If nothing in the world ever changes, what type of man are you gonna be?”
Justyce has drive. There is no power on earth that is going to push him off his course once it has been set. He is learning to let his new group of friends influence him a bit in terms of policy especially in areas where they have stronger areas of knowledge. In this group of leaders he is the leader.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo
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Series: No, but I wouldn't mind one
Published: May 30th 2017
Number of times read: 1
Rating: Full review of I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I saw it first on twitter
“I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That you can accomplish anything with persistence.”
You know you want her on your side. Desi is a details person. She is going to know the policy inside out and back again. She is going to be the person who not only has a comprehensive plan to solve a problem that is being debated about she will have written a 408 page (not including footnotes) book about it. .
Saints and Misfits
by S.K. Ali
"I can't imagine what it means to love everyone. But I'm just going to start right here, by loving a bit more of myself. And maybe then the rest will follow."
I feel like Janna would be a good press secretary or communication director. Something like that. She is good at absorbing larger ideas and condensing them down. She also has experience since she does something similar for her uncle who is an iman (Is "iman" capitalized? Google doesn't think so but google doesn't know everything. It is a nonspecific noun so I say no.) Janna does more listening and observing than talking which makes her a more powerful communicator.
When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”
Dimple is the tech branch of the group. She has been ensuring that their tech policy is relevant and forward thinging and ensuring that their twitter presence is sensible. Everyone is counting on her. She keeps taking Simon's phone away from him and is strangely close with Gansey.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Hermione's complete and total refusal to accept injustice was my favorite thing about her. Someone has to organize the meetings, make the signs, take notes, enchant the coins, curse the squealers, and knit hats. Totally trying to pass as a muggle and sort of doing a terrible job at it. Ron keeps sending owls and she has been avoiding having this whole conversation with Gansey. She also is okay with letting others have the limelight. She and Desi are besties.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”
Someone has to make the hard choices, tell the hard truths, weather the uncomfortable storms. That seems to be Starr's lot in life. Her lot also includes being fabulous and and knowing what it what so it all balances out, I guess. She has come to far to suffer fools or bullshit anymore. It saves the group a lot of time. She is Simon are basically thick as thieves. I am not sure what that really means but in my head they exchange books, argue, and look out for one another.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
“White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.”
Politics can get you down. It is easy to start thinking that the world is a terrible place and that there is no way that we can change it no matter how hard we try. Simon brings optimism and energy to the group. He can take situations that feel as if they could only be negative and use them to make himself stronger. Also he would be fun at the meetings and bring classic oreos. Which he and Starr would fight about. Which Gansey would break up by offering mint oreos which both of them would be disgusted by.
A List of Cages
by Robin Roe
“Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”
Adam is a natural leader with an unassumed kindness which he isn't ashamed to show to people in front of others. This is the opposite of toxic masculinity. We need ore if it in the world. In my head he becomes very good friends with Janna because he listens just as intently as she does.
Richard Campbell Gansey III
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
World domination doesn't fund itself people. Gansey is single minded, goal driven, but also has his heart in the right place. And it doesn't hurt to have enough charm that you can knit together groups of people who don't necessarily seem to belong together. *cough this group *cough He will have to get used to being mocked constantly by pretty much all of them, though. He and Dimple have a secret hand shake that started out as her sort of teasing him but has become their thing.
Meena and River
Same Sun Here
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
“That's what it means to be an American. To be free to love who and what you want, and to keep a lot in your heart at once.”
Meena and River are both interns. They are just so excited to be working with the others that they are more of a hinderence than a help. Meena follows Dimple around like a puppy because she 100% wants to be her when she grows up. River tries very hard to be cool around Justyce and just ends up being very awkward which is okay because Justyce is a good guy and remember what is it like to be 12. They mostly file papers in the very exacting filing sysytem that Desi and Hermione have devised.
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