Characters I'd Like to Check In With

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is ten favourite Top Ten lists in celebration of 5 years of the tag, but as I only started five weeks ago that's a bit unnecessary. Instead, I'm choosing one of my favourites that was around just before my time: Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With (meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the 'life' you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends).

1. Jimmy Hailer from Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
WHERE IS JIMMY HAILER? The sad, frenetic, lonesome Jimmy was one of Frankie's best friends in Saving Francesca, but he was conspicuously absent when we revisited the gang in The Piper's Son. Thankfully, rumour has it that we'll find out eventually, because Melina is apparently writing an adult novel about 26-year-old accidental-father Jimmy Hailer, or something (which sounds to die for.)

2. Raffaela from On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I would give almost anything for a novel, or even a short story, about the Jellicoe gang during their twenties. But mostly: Raffy and Chaz, have you got your crap together and admitted you've been in love with each other your entire lives?

3. Tara Finke from The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
Tara is my fictional personality doppelgänger and I'd read literally anything about her. I would love to see how Tara and Tom operate in an actual stable, long-term relationship instead of the stupid miscommunication that has been their relationship so far.

4. Marina from All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terril
The end of this novel was fabulous in terms of the narrative, but I sorry we couldn't have more time with Marina and her end game love interest.


5. Anna & St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
We do get to see these two love birds again in Lola and Isla, of course, but they're so fun to read that I'd happy check back in with them, especially after the big milestone we saw in Isla and the Happily Ever After.

6. Ruby Oliver from the Ruby Oliver series by e Lockhart
This is an excellent series about adolescent girl friendship which I inhaled within a few days a couple of years ago. I'd love to see how the complex, endearing protagonist Ruby Oliver is doing post high school!

7. Hazel from Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
I can't get enough of this middle grade fairy tale. I'd love to find out how the central friendship between Hazel and Jack progress as they enter adolescence.


8. Dean Thomas from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I want full life stories of every character in Harry Potter, but especially Dean Thomas because I remember reading something years ago about this whole massive character arc that JK Rowling had planned out for Dean and his family's reaction to the Second War, which had to be sacrificed

9. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and the Olympians / The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
I'd read her grocery list, to be honest. All I care about is that Annabeth is happy and safe, basically. I'd love to see Annabeth and Percy a few years after everything went down, when they've recovered from their inevitable PTSD a bit and she's settled as an architect (on the East Coast, pls; as great as Camp Jupiter is, what the heck is Camp Half Blood sans Annabeth Chase, really?)

10. Carter Kane from The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan
I feel like Carter's just my buddy, and I want to check in with my buddy, you know?

Which characters would you like to check in with?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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  1. I had no idea that The Piper's Son was the follow up to Saving Francesca, how did I not know that! Oh, I'm so ashamed Soph. I have to read it at once! Apart from Warner from the Shatter Me series because hello, hotness, but there's so many open ended books that have really frustrated me and I'd love to see them revisited. Probably starting with every John Green character. Ever. That man needs to get his shit together and give us at least one closed ending. Sheesh. Great topic Soph, now thinking of all the authors I'll need to pester to write follow ups :D

    1. Read it, reeeeeeeaaadddddd iiiiiitttttt. You know how I said I reread Breadcrumbs every year? I reread The Piper's Son, every, like, four months. It's probably my favourite book literally ever.
      I haven't read Shatter Me... I also don't really know anything about it. Maybe I should check it out though? And yes! Margo Roth Spiegelman! Definitely would like to see what she's up to!

  2. So much yes to a Jimmy Hailer check-in. I have heard Melina speak very briefly (but passionately) about where Jimmy is at, and I got goosebumps. Did you know that a 2013 short story collection called 'Just Between Us' (edited by Maya Linden, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott, Natalie Kon-Yu and Miriam Sved) featured a beautiful short story by Melina Marchetta, and I believe she's said the woman featured in that story is tied into Jimmy's?

    It's seriously worth a read for the hint of drama it throws up. Loved it. I mentioned her short story specifically in my review of the collection:

    1. Yes! I literally bought Just Between Us for that story! I need to reread it! I think Lucia from The Piper's Son was mentioned in there briefly, maybe? I'll revisit the collection (I can even get away with it because this final class I'm doing is on short stories!) and check out your review :)