Character Recommendations Based on Susan Caraway

Melinda Sordino Speak

Though the weight of a secret robs her of her voice, Melinda is nevertheless artistic, intelligent, and empathetic

Marlena Rosenbluth Water for Elephants

Confidence in the limelight doesn't always translate to power at home

Phoebe Caulfield The Catcher in the Rye

A wise-beyond-her-years 10-year-old with an empathetic spirit

Tally Youngblood Uglies

Smart but insecure, Tally is torn between what she wants and what her society demands

Celie Johnson The Color Purple

Though life tries to break her down, Celie always finds the quiet strength to keep going

Ishmael Moby Dick

A quiet observer on a larger-than-life quest

Cassia Maria Reyes Matched

Raised to happily follow the rules, Cassia might actually be more rebellious than she thinks she is

Greg Heffley Diary of a Wimpy Kid

He'll be famous someday, but now he's stuck in class with morons

Mrs. Robinson The Graduate

Yes, she's an "older" woman, but that just makes her sexier and more seductive

Park Eleanor and Park

Park feels like an outsider everywhere he goes, but he doesn't know if he wants to try fitting in anymore