2013 YA Superlative Blogfest – Popularity Contest

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The YA Superlative Blogfest is hosted by Jessica Love, Alison Miller, Tracey Neithercott, and Katy Upperman. The goal of the blogfest is to promote and share extraordinary young adult novels (and have fun, of course!).

TWO DISCLAIMERS:
1 – I am not having much luck with formatting so this post may look a mess when it goes live. Sorry.
2 – Part of my formatting woes include not being able to caption a picture. I have included a couple great illustrations from Simini Blocker, who is amazing. She’s loves YA and has brilliant, vibrant illustrations that bring some of my favorite stories to life!

It’s Day 2 of the YA Superlatives Blogfest!
Tuesday, December 17th: Popularity Contest

Class Clown: Ryan Dean West | Winger by Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean isn’t overtly, intentionally funny but I loved his self-deprecating humor.
Most Likely to Become a Rock Star: Kiri | Wild Awake by Hillary T. Smith

This category was a struggle for me! Kiri is a piano player, so maybe someone will come up with a better idea for this one. πŸ˜‰ I loved how E&P were all about music, and same for Anna and Bennett in Time Between Us. Can that make them rock stars? I think Park could be a rock star.
Mostly Likely to Start a Riot: Tris &/or Four in Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Park | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


I mean, for a variety of reasons (actions in the novel, the reactions of the fans after reading the novel) these two are a more controversial than ever.

Park couldn’t incite a riot in the crazy aggressive sense, but I think he’s starting a riot with his father. He’s adorable and inspiring, but in the 80s he would have stuck out and been a bit subversive!

Biggest Flirt: Drew | The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay


Expect to see a lot about this book now that it’s been declared eligible. So, Drew. I LOVED this trio of friends in TSoT and I think Drew’s banter with Nastya and his other classmates felt very high school to me; I knew some of those player kind of guys that everyone loved, and that’s Drew!
Fashion King and/or Queen: Bea | OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Costume designer wannabe who wears vintage and retro-inspired clothing (that I always thought sounded awesome, but of course makes her a bit of an outlier in her school).
Girl You’d Most Want For Your BFF: Anna | Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
Anna gets this title two years in a row!
Boy You Wish You’d Dated in High School: Four | Allegiant by Veronica Roth
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Most Likely to Become President: Four | Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I need some sort of therapy for how much I love this character, I think.
Quirkiest Character: Cath | Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

She’s quirky in what I find to be a cool nerd kind of way, and I feel like we could totally be best friends. πŸ™‚
Villain You Love to Hate: Mr. Gray | The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Sawyer LeGrande | How to Love by Katie Cotugno

I was pretty fascinated by Mr. Gray and ended up rooting for him almost more than anyone in the crew! Does this make me weird?!

Sawyer… not a villain in the traditional sense AT ALL but I’ve learned that some people find him highly unlikable. All I’m thinking of is that scene inΒ A League of Their Own where Marla is singing to Nelson: “With all your faults, I love you still…” πŸ˜‰
Favorite Parental Figure:Β Dad | Where the Stars Still Shine
Uncle (Scott) | Dare You To by Katie McGarry

I think I’ve talked about this one already. I really liked Callie’s dad and how he steps up and does his best with Callie, when she’s used to being a one woman army against the world.

Uncle Scott in Dare You To similarly steps up and provides support in many ways to Beth.
Coolest Nerd: Gansey | The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Ryan Dean West | Winger by Andrew Smith

I mean, there’s always Gansey! THE coolest nerd. I like how nothing seems to rattle him, except maybe for the issues with the ley lines, the mystery of Glendower, etc. But nothing that is meant to, like Kavinsky’s antagonizing.
Oh, Ryan Dean is just adorable. He is totally, adorably clueless.

Wednesday, December 18th: Elements of Fiction
Thursday, December 19th: Best in Show
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14 responses to “2013 YA Superlative Blogfest – Popularity Contest

  1. We have a lot of the same thoughts on these! Never thought of Four as president, but I think I could see it.

  2. I absolutely love all of your choices and I can’t single out just one to comment on. Yes, yes, yes. (And yes to Sawyer as a villain…LOLOLOL)

  3. I picked Drew as the Biggest Flirt, too! Loved him so hard.

  4. You have so many that I still need to read on your list! Tris and Four are definitely good candidates for Most Likely to Start a Riot. I didn’t even think of them!

    • And Tracey had kind of mentioned that EVERY mc in a dystopian book could be riot-inspiring an I totally agree. Tris and Four ruffle a lot of feathers, don’t they!?

  5. Awesome list! I also put the dad from Where the Stars Still Shine for the best parental figure. I loved him so much. And good point about Four being president. He would make a great president!

    • I thought he *would* become president of sorts in ALLEGIANT, but alas we know how that all panned out. I think he’s always been a strong leader, soooo. πŸ™‚

  6. I forgot about Drew for Biggest Flirt, and Bea is an awesome choice for Fashion Queen. Also, you’re right about Four. He’s a leader without trying to be. He’d be a fantastic president.

    • HOW COULD YOU EVER FORGET ABOUT DREW?! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see your picks. I have a lot of viewing to do now that I’m home for the night. πŸ™‚

  7. That Emergency Dance Party illustration is AMAZING! Oh, I quite liked Sawyer – he was like a real person i.e a little bit selfish (ok a lot selfish) and generally not perfect. Helped that I pictured him as a James Franco back-in-the-day type.

    • Oh, now I will forever be pictures JF, too! I didn’t NOT like Sawyer, and I did think he was *authentically* flawed. (read: authentically a screw-up) πŸ˜‰

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