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Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults
- The Egypt Game (Game #1) by Zilpha Keatley Snyder- There was a time in my childhood where I was desperately obsessed with this book. I even wore a Nefertari necklace for a year because I was just so nerdy. And until I wrote this, I didn’t realize there was a second book. My grade school self is squeeing in delight.
- Final Friends by Christopher Pike- There are no characters, except for maybe the kids from Stephen King’s book It, that I know better or more feel like I grew up with then Michael, Jessica, Nick, Sara, Polly, Russ, Bubba, Clair, Maria, and poor doomed Alice. Pike has alluded to someday writing about them at a high school reunion, which is both terrifying (Jesus, I wish Sweet Valley Confidential could be eradicated from the earth) and the most excited prospect ever.
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton- So I might have wanted to grow up to marry Sodapop Curtis (and this was even before I saw a young, hot Rob Lowe portray his character in the movie), but that didn’t happen. I would love to know how the Curtis boys and their loyal friends are doing.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- I would probably do way more than I legally feel like admitting to on my blog if it meant I could read a Night Circus sequel full of Bailey and Poppet and Widget as adults running my beloved traveling circus.
- Down The Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls #1) by Peter Abraham- first, I am so pissed that this series appears to have been abandoned, because it’s really good. So if I can’t read about how Ingrid handled her pre-teen years, than I’d love to see her as an adult, still stumbling into murder mysteries.
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin- Okay, technically we get a brief glimpse of grownup Turtle Wexler- but I named one of my dogs after this kick ass young lady, so I’d love to see more of her as an adult. Do you have any idea how hard it is to explain to people who haven’t read The Westing Game why I would name a dog Turtle?
- Matilda by Roald Dahl- can you imagine what kind of awesome bookwormness Matilda would bring to adulthood? Because I totally think she’d be one of our book blogging friends. So if one of you loves to read books and can shelve them without moving an inch, we should hang out (preferably at my house so you can Mary Poppins it clean).
- Summer Nights (Saturday Night #4) by Caroline B. Cooney- yes, I read tons of horror in the 80’s and 90’s, but I was also a hearts and flowers kind of girl. These were teen girls I wanted to be- smart and take charge Kip, gorgeous and rich Anne, wallflower and romantic Beth Rose, shy and beloved Emily- I wanted to be a combo of all four of them (I’m not counting hateful Molly). I imagine they’re doing amazing things now. Kip is probably in politics, Anne is probably like Gwyneth Paltrow, only far less annoying, Beth Rose is probably still single but still hooking up with Gary when she’s not doling out fashion tips to the tragically unhip, and Emily and Matt are probably raising a whole mess of car racing kids. It probably sounds like I’ve written some fanfiction, but I haven’t. Not yet, at least.
- The Goonies by James Kahn, Steven Spielberg- I make no apologies for adding a movie novelization to my list. I loved this book. I forced my neighborhood club (we called ourselves the Pink and Blue because we had boys and girls, and I totally thought that was clever) to recite the Goonies oath at “club” meetings. I nerded so hard as a kid, I can’t believe I didn’t break something. Sigh.
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume- oh, to see adult versions of Peter, Fudge, Tootsie and Sheila! I can’t count how many times I read this book as a child (because while my reading skills have always been tops, my math skills probably froze around the 4th grade, so it’s not surprising I picked this book). Blume was a huge part of my childhood, and provided me with many literary friends, but I felt awful for Peter- Fudge was such a freaking Scrappy Doo! I bet he’s still annoying!
- I did think about adding The Babysitters’s Club to my list, but I can only imagine what they would do to those poor girls after the Sweet Valley High crew was eviscerated (along with my childhood).