Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Characters I’d Love to Have at My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Back to School/Learning Freebie.” I could not decide how to approach this week’s topic because it feels like I’ve done a bunch of variations of all the ideas I came up with. So I’ve decided to revisit a past topic where we picked characters to sit at our lunch table. Here are ten contemporary characters I would love to have at my lunch table. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Lara Jean is the closest to a book soulmate I’ve ever come across. I can just imagine the baking/sleepover parties we could have had.

2. Dimple from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Dimple is the kind of character who would really challenge me to be more ambitious and I think it’s important to have this kind of friend.

3. Trixie from The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson – I love bonding over all things geeky and Trixie would be perfect for this.

4. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Simon is one of the sweetest characters I’ve read about and I would like so much for him to be a part of my friend group.

5. Daniel from The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Because I don’t think you can know too many soft boys, having Daniel around might actually make me a nicer person.

6. Janna from Saint and Misfits by S.K. Ali – Like Lara Jean, I feel a strong kind of kinship to Janna. Her relationship with her brother was extremely relatable and at the very least, we could complain about our brothers to each other.

7. Desi from I Believe In a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – My lunch table would definitely house more than one overachiever. I actually think Desi and Dimple would get along really well and push the rest of us to do our best.

8. Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – I really like Tash and although YouTubing (I don’t think this is a word.) isn’t really my thing, I don’t think I’d mind working on a webseries with her.

9. Xiomara from The Poet X from Elizabeth Acevedo – I related so much to Xiomara’s struggles and the fact that she learns to express herself through writing was totally me in high school.

10. Margot from The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera – I actually think we’d all be a really good influence on Margot, who’s the kind of character who isn’t exactly sure about who she is or who she wants to be.

Which fictional character (contemporary or otherwise) would you have liked to have at your lunch table? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

59 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Characters I’d Love to Have at My Lunch Table

  1. REALLY fun spin/topic, Alicia. Love this. Of course, who wouldn’t want Lara Jean at their lunch table?! She’s lovely. Glad to know Dimple and Desi make the cut too. 🙂

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  2. Great twist on this week’s topic! I haven’t read many of these–yet–but they all sound great. I definitely would want Trixie at my table. And Daniel from The Sun Is Also a Star (love that book!)I really want to meet Simon one of these days. Maybe I should put that book on my Fall TBR list . . .

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      1. As a diverse book blogger, nothing warms my heart more than diversity! This is really a lovely post.

        And yes, oh my god! THAT ENDING. I’M STILL. BLOWN. AWAY.

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  3. Awesome spin on the topic. There are only two on your list I have yet to “meet”, but since I have Margot, chances look good for the book being read. LJ is one of my all-time faves. I feel like she is a kindred spirit. She is a little bit of a throwback in many ways, and that is probably what makes me like her so much.

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  4. What a cool spin on this week’s topic! Nicely done! I haven’t met a few of these protagonists, but I’m excited to after reading your post! I’ve been meaning to pick up another Lily Anderson book since I read — and loved — Undead Girl Gang earlier this year. So maybe I’ll start with Trixie!

    Feel free to check out my list (and vote) here:

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