6 Underrated Characters that Honestly Deserve More Attention

It is a truth universally acknowledged that YA has many MANY beloved characters. But for every character we know and love well, there are so many others that deserve more attention! So here are some of my favorite LBYR characters that I think should have more folks rallying around them. Go hug them. Go love them. GO!

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Read It Before You See It: TRINKETS by Kiwi Smith

On Friday, the first season of the Netflix Original Series Trinkets will air! Like most great entertainment, it’s based off a book with the same title…by the same screenwriter/author, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith! Kiwi’s credits include Legally Blonde, Ella Enchanted, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She’s the Man,…you get it—she brings it with the badass female characters. If that piques your interest (which it should, since we’re all for badass female all the time), then keep reading…

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Being blackmailed sucks, but we love reading about it

There are few moves from the villain playbook quite as well-employed as blackmail. Leveraging private information to force someone to do things they would otherwise not do definitely qualifies as despicable. Of course, blackmail IRL is an absolute no-go, morally abhorrent and potentially seriously illegal to boot. However, in the wonderful world of YA, a little bit of blackmail goes a long way. Stir in some scheming, add a pinch of plotting, and throw in some outright threatening. Lo and behold, you’ve got yourself a deliciously frothy YA tale. Here are some of our favorite blackmailers should avoid (but actually don’t avoid them at all because they make books soooo much better).

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The Bold Type Characters as Book Characters

If you’re not watching The Bold Type on Freeform, then you’re missing out on some seriously A+ content. It follows Jane, Kat, and Sutton, who all work at Scarlet, a global women’s magazine, and their nuanced and intersectional lives. Of course, as someone who has books on their mind 24/7, I couldn’t help but to relate the characters from the show to characters from our books.

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All My Thoughts on The Diviners by Libba Bray

As some of you may know, the fourth book in Libba Bray’s The Diviners series, The King of Crows, is coming in February. What most of you may not know is that I have never read The Diviners. So, I have decided to take this glorious opportunity to rectify this obvious lapse in my reading repertoire and read through the first three books before book four comes in and I get completely and utterly spoiled. Here are my thoughts on book one.

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