When I saw this list, I couldn’t think of one character that I could relate well with. In the past month, I found 2.
The first is Cather, from Rainbow Rowell’s novel Fangirl. Cath is an English major who spends a lot of time on the Internet, enjoys writing, has a roommate (I have 2), and has this fear of screwing things up on the first try and looking like an idiot. That’s basically me, though I don’t usually get embarrassed easily (nor do I blush half the amount she does). Alike to Cath, I fangirl a lot. However, mine’s usually over k-pop groups (and sometimes books) and I don’t write fanfiction (I just don’t have that ability to adopt other people’s characters). I understand growing apart from my close friends (though I lack the twin sister part) and I feel for her with the English assignment issues. While I lack a boyfriend that I’ve met through my roommates, I can relate to her and her story pretty darn well.
The other character I relate well with is Rebecca, from Shelley Coriell’s novel Goodbye, Rebel Blue. Rebel speaks her mind, all the time, and she’s not always loved for it. She’s blunt and will tell you the honest truth, regardless of which way you try to tip her. She reads people easily and she hates math, mainly ’cause she just can’t do it. This is definitely me. My friends usually appreciate that I’m upfront and forthcoming, but often times strangers think I’m too much to handle (which I can understand…). I am pretty good with predicting what people are going to do, and I have this knack of seeing and gauging reactions easily, adjusting my behaviour respectively. If I can tell that someone can’t take the truth, then I’ll let it slide and move on to another topic. I also detest math. I can’t process numbers at all. The only math I can manage is addition and multiplication. All other math gives me anxiety and I usually take a LONG time to get an answer (which isn’t often right). You can see why I went for the writing gig over the engineering path most Asians take. Again, while I lack the beautiful football playing boyfriend, I can also relate really well with Rebel.