Winding down 2011: Class of 2011 Superlatives, part 2

This post is part of the Class of 2011 Superlatives Blogfest, hosted by Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, and Alison Miller. Up today: the head of the class (or: characters that stand out from the crowd).

I had way too much fun making the graphics that went with these. They appear a little small within the blog post, but you can click through to see them in their large, full-size glory.

Class Clown — Kenji of SHATTER ME
Sarcastic and pompous and a bit of a jerk. But somehow, if you threw Kenji in high school, I think he’d turn into the class clown. I couldn’t help but smile whenever he graced the pages of SHATTER ME. Love him.

Most Likely to Become a Rock Star — Adam Wilde of WHERE SHE WENT
He already has become one, so this superlative was easy. His band is a huge success in this sequel, and he’s dealing with the highs and lows of celebrity fame, but let’s face it, he’s a rock star through and through.

Most Likely to Start a Riot — Saba of BLOOD RED ROAD
If I’m not mistaken, she pretty much does this the entire way through the book, in varying levels of intensity. Where Saba goes, chaos follows. I still love her though. And she always has a good reason for setting a crowd loose.

Biggest Flirt — Claudia McGill of INVINCIBLE SUMMER
SUCH a flirt. Who goes to dinner with their parents, at age 13, and starts openly hitting on waiters? (Actually, I’m not positive if she was 13 during that scene. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the summer before, when she was 12). Either way, Claudia is in such a hurry to grow up and she steals this superlative with ease.

Fashion Queen — Lola Nolan of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
This was a no brainer. Sure, Lola says she doesn’t believe in fashion, she believes in costume, but she still gets this slot in my book. Anyone who hand-sews their own outfits, dons wigs, and can pull off wearing a Mary Antoinette-esque gown to prom is nothing short of a Fashion Queen.

Girl You Want as a BFF — Zuana of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE
Zuzana is so spunky and humorous and loyal. Karou disappears for days on end and Z is supportive and never stops acting like a best friend. I think she also says something along the lines of “Must mate immediately” when she first meets Avika (Karou’s love interest). I need her in my life.

Boy You Wish You Dated in High School — Cricket Bell of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
I can only imagine what I would have done if this was the boy living next door to me in high school. Cricket is adorably sweet and slightly nerdy andI think it’s safe to say that I wish I cared less about the jocks in high school and more about the sensitive guys.

Quirkiest Character — Karou of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE
Oh, Karou. I love her sketchbook and blue hair and mysterious past. I love how her life straddles worlds. I love how she is much, much more than she seems. She is so wonderfully different.

Coolest Parents — The Dads of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
These two! I loved them. They were present and level-headed, full of love and humor. They were laid back whenever possible, and stern when they needed to be. Above all, they wished for nothing but their daughter’s happiness. Such awesome parents.

Again, this book is MG, not YA, butbutbut…this was the best villain I read all year. Maybe in a long time, period. The Marquess is so deliciously evil. Evil in a, “I’m your friend, not your enemy, but really I’m going to make your life horrible” kind of way.

Coolest Nerd — Cricket Bell of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
I’ve already gushed about this boy. Do I really need to do it again? He is the coolest, most adorable nerd evah.

Best Pet — Corr of THE SCORPIO RACES
I invented this superlative. Because Corr deserves it. So much. What a badass, loyal, gracious, amazing, loving, strong, fearless pet. If you’ve read this book, you know what I’m talking about.

But those are just my thoughts. Are there any books that you read, published in 2011, that you think could steal one of these superlative spots?

Open book background graphic via psdGraphics

Find Erin Online:



New + Forthcoming

Dustborn Cover
The Girl and the Witch's Garden cover
Immunity cover