RTW: Stepping into the Spotlight…


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the ladies at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question for participants to respond to on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

Today’s Topic: Tell us which supporting characters you think deserve the spotlight! Who deserves their very own YA novel?

Wow. There are so many fabulous supporting characters I’d love to know more about, particularly when it comes to back story. Two, specifically, come to mind:


Tobias (or Four) from Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Everything about him fascinates me, but I find his relationship with his father and his choice to be Dauntless particularly interesting. Tobias is so genuine and courageous and direct, I believe that he could absolutely carry a novel of his own. Plus, it would be amazing to read about his relationship with Tris from his point of view.


I think Alaska from John Green’s Looking For Alaska would also make a remarkable protagonist. I’m always fond of a well-written unreliable narrator, and I think John Green could make Alaska just that. She had an incredibly intriguing back story, and I’d love to know more about what made her so rash and fanatical and intense.

So, what supporting characters would you like to see in their very own novel?

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24 thoughts on “RTW: Stepping into the Spotlight…

  1. Erin Bowman says:

    Great picks, Katy. Others I would add to this list:
    Po (GRACELING) — I love, love, looooove this boy.
    Peeta (HG) — I had to. I’m sorry. I just can’t get enough. And I want more about his childhood, and baking, and painting.
    Harley (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) — This boy was so full of life. I want more of him.
    Violet (FEED) — So much passion in this girl. ❤
    Hermione (HP) — Smart, tough, confident, brave. Enough said.

    I feel I could keep at this all day! Man. What a fun topic 🙂

  2. Rebecca B says:

    That makes two of us for an Alaska book. 🙂 I love your choice of Four, too. He’s such a compelling and complex character.

  3. Gilly says:

    Four is a great choice!

    So is Po! I CANNOT WAIT for Bitterblue to come out. I assume from comment Cashore’s made on her blog that he’ll be in it – at least a little.

    I’d kind of like a book about Rashi from Anna and the French Kiss. She was such a fantastic character. I feel like Anna misunderstood her for most of the book and I’d love to hear more of her story!

    • katyupperman says:

      Rashi was one of my favorite characters from ANNA. She would make a fabulous protagonist in her own story. And Po… I really need to read GRACELING. I’m especially intrigued now!

  4. Marquita Hockaday says:

    Me and the cuz chose Four, too! He is so,so, so full of everything awesome! And Alaska’s novel would be freaking amazing! I wish we would’ve included her, too. Great choices!

  5. Kate says:

    Yes! Both great choices. I thought about using both the Colonel and Radar. John Green is like the master of awesome secondary characters.

  6. Ann Rought says:

    Four for sure! One of my favorite books EVER. Jules from Die for Me–he’s cheeky and persistent. And OMG Graves from the Strange Angels series. I lovelovelove Graves!

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes, definitely read DIVERGENT, Colin. It’s amazing. I’m going to insist my husband read it, since he’s a fan of THE HUNGER GAMES. Everyone I know that’s loved that series has also loved DIVERGENT.

  7. Tracey Neithercott says:

    I love the idea of a book from Alaska’s POV. She was so mysterious and interesting. I’d also read one from the Colonel’s POV. John Green’s side characters are always so awesome I’d pretty much read a book about any of them.

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