Top Ten Tuesday – My Top 10 Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Character Freebie (any topic you want that deals with book characters!).  I decided to focus on some of my favorite characters in literature, my socially awkward little cinnamon rolls.  Every time I come across a character who is super awkward around others, I feel a sense of kinship with them.  I love these characters because they reinforce to me that I’m not alone in my awkwardness.


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My Top Ten Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters


1, NINA HILL from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Nina is my new favorite socially awkward character.  She’s an introvert who prefers the company of books and her cat Phil over people and I fell in love with her when I read this book recently.

I actually have a giveaway running for this book if you’re interested in meeting Nina. Check it out HERE.


2, NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM from the Harry Potter series

Neville, especially in the early books in the series, is just the sweetest, most awkward little bean.

I always wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap to protect him from bullies like Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.


3, OVE from A Man Called Ove

Ove has no idea whatsoever how to relate to people.  He’s just so grumpy and awkward that it’s actually endearing.


4, KHAI DIEP from The Bride Test

Khai Diep is adorable but his autism makes it so hard for him to process emotions

and to relate to other people, especially women.  Thank goodness he has Esme to show him the way.


5, CHARLOTTE GORMAN from The Accidental Beauty Queen

Charlotte is another bookish girl after my own heart.  She may be the accidental beauty queen,

but she is also the queen of awkward encounters, especially when it comes to members of the opposite sex.


6. CATH AVERY from Fangirl

Fanfiction and online life is so much easier than dealing with real people,

or that’s what Cath Avery thinks anyway and I kind of have to agree with her.


7. LARA JEAN from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Lara Jean’s anxious, especially around boys she likes

and most especially when embarrassing things happen to her. So very relatable.


8. BIRDIE LINDBERG from Serious Moonlight

Raised somewhat isolated and homeschooled, Birdie has not been well educated in the fine arts of how to interact with people.

She gets bonus points for being the one who wants to expand her own horizons and learn how to better relate to people by getting her first job.


9. RISHI PATEL from When Dimple Met Rishi

Rishi is a hopeless romantic and just so ridiculously adorable in his awkwardness.  He’s another sweet boy that I just wanted to wrap

in bubble wrap to protect him from the wrath of Dimple.  He was just so clueless about her that I seriously thought she was going to hurt him, lol.


10. SIMON SPIERS from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Okay, so maybe Simon isn’t as awkward as some of the other picks on my list,

but he definitely has some awkward moments as he and Blue are getting to know each other.


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Who are some of your favorite socially awkward characters?

44 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    What a wonderful list this is, Suzanne — and yes 100% they are the characters that tell me I’m not alone with my social foot-in-mouth issues. Srsly read this from beginning to end with a smile on my face/1

  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    I like it when characters are relatable, especially when it comes to social awkwardness or things like that. Cath is a great character, and I liked how she interacted with Reagan, who was definitely NOT an introvert haha! They played off each other well, I thought, and it reminded me of college where you meet people from all different walks.

  3. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    It’s the socially awkward ones that always worm their way into my heart. Nina, Khai, Charlotte, Cath, Lara Jean, Birdie, Rishi, and Simon are all faves. It’s their flaws that make them real, and make me love them.

  4. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I really need to grab a copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, I absolutely love when pets are given people names, like Phil the cat. Adorable! I love books with awkward characters, I always find them totally relatable and a kindred spirit of sorts. I can’t wait to check these all out, such a brilliant list Suzanne, thank you for the recommendations!

  5. Jessica @ Strung out on Books
    Jessica @ Strung out on Books says:

    Aaah, I love this list. Simon and Lara Jean are some of my faves too. I’m currently reading When Dimple Met Rishi, and I too fear for Rishi sometimes! And now I’m adding The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Serious Moonlight to my TBR! I’m eager to see how Dimple plays out, as I’m still fairly early on in the book.

  6. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    Fun take on the character freebie! I so agree with Khai. Loved him in all his awkwardness and inability to pick up on social/personal cues. Rishi was precious and impossible not to pull for. And Simon… well, he’s just one of my favorite characters ever. 🙂

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