Top 10 fictional characters you would have over for dinner
1. Turtle Wexler from The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (I know, she’s T.R. Wexler now, but she’d still be fun to talk to)
2. Mrs. de Winter from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (and maybe she’ll finally tell me her actual name!)
3. Sula from Sula by Toni Morrison (she would definitely stir things up)
4. Merricat Blackwood from We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (but I’d definitely have a food taster handy)
5. Meg O’Keefe nee Wallace from A Wrinkle in Time, etc. by Madeleine L’Engle (I’d take her at any age, really)
6. Will Stanton from The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (I basically wanted to be him for my whole childhood)
7. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I would have wanted to be her for my whole childhood, had she existed in my childhood)
8. Sherlock Holmes (because I’m not sure you can really love mysteries and not want to meet Sherlock Holmes. But I wouldn’t mind having the Benedict Cumberbatch version at the dinner party…)
9. Charles Kinbote from Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (I have a lot of questions for him…)
10. Merlyn from The Once and Future King by T.H. White (because magic. But I’d take Merriman Lyon from The Dark Is Rising too. Any version of Merlin would work)
ABOUT PUSHING PERFECT:
How far would you go to be perfect?
Kara has the perfect life. She gets perfect grades. She never messes up. Until now. Because perfection is an illusion, and Kara has been struggling to maintain it for as long as she can remember. With so much pressure to succeed, it’s hard not to do whatever it takes.
But when Kara takes a new underground drug to help her ace the SATs, she doesn’t expect to get a text from a blocked sender, telling her to follow a set of mysterious instructions—or risk her dark secret getting out. Soon she finds herself part of a group of teens with secrets of their own, who are all under the thumb of the same anonymous texter. And if they don’t find a way to stop the blackmailer, their perfect futures will go up in flames.
This dark, emotionally resonant contemporary YA novel is perfect for fans of We Were Liars and The Secret History.
ABOUT MICHELLE FALKOFF:Michelle Falkoff's fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake and the Harvard Review, among other places. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently serves as Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning at Northwestern University School of Law.
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