I love my friends, but sometimes I wish I had a sidekick to help me get through even the trickiest of situations. Sure, I’m not running around New York battle demons (still holding out hope that it’s a possible career option, though) and I haven’t accidentally confessed my love for multiple boys in a series of letters (although there was that one really awkward Valentine’s Day dance) I still love spending time with these literary sidekicks.
7 Literary Sidekicks You’ll Wish You Could Be Friends With
1. Silas – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Would you want a demon servant who took care of you, but also demanded a substantial number of years off your life? This doesn’t seem like the kind of bargain that you’d want to find yourself in, but Sorcerer Nathaniel this demon is the only family he has left. Despite Silas’ claims that he doesn’t truly care for anyone, we find this very hard to believe. He stole our hearts as the perfect demon sidekick and we’re sure he’ll steal yours too in this action-packed tale of sabotage, enchanted grimoires, demons and magical libraries.
2. Kitty – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Kitty Covey, the youngest of the Covey sisters is stubborn and knows how to get what she wants, but she truly does have Laura Jean’s best interest at heart. After all of the letters are mailed to Laura Jean’s love interests, Kitty admits the truth. Laura Jean ultimately forgives her sister and Kitty always stands by Laura Jean’s side. While sometimes sibling relationships may be tough, we wouldn’t mind having a sister as loyal as Kitty.
3. Ed – A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
When everything is taken from Annabelle, she is determined to run. After a tragedy changes her world forever, Annabelle runs from Seattle all the way to Washington D.C. followed by her loving Grandfather, Ed, in his RV. Ed is there for Annabelle as she recovers and attempts to run from the guilt of the most traumatic incident in her life. Her grandfather’s support is a powerful element in this story that immediately had us wishing we had a Grandpa Ed on our side. This book is an emotional journey that deals with issues that so many people face in the world today.
4. Church the Cat – The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
What goes purrfectly with books? Cats. Cats go perfectly with books. Church, the fat, grey, immortal cat, has become a well-loved staple of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Church has the reputation for being a bit of a grouch, but he’s also wicked smart and knows where everyone at the institute is at all time. If you haven’t yet picked up any of the Shadowhunter books, we’ve just given you one more reason to dive into this enchanting series.
5. Doug – Slayer by Kiersten White
Doug is probably our new favorite demon, and if you haven’t read Slayer by Kiersten White than you should definitely pick up a copy to find out why. Doug… kind of oozes in a gross but also kind of cool way. He’s a happiness demon who plays a pivotal part in getting our new slayer and her gang out of some series trouble. Whether you are a long-time Buffy fan or are new to the universe, Slayer is an action-packed demon slaying adventure that is well worth a read.
6. Dee Dee La Bouche – Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Deirdre is the icon, the fairy godmother, that many of us wish we had growing up. Dierdre, also known as Dee Dee La Bouche, is a fabulous drag queen and glamorous makeup artist who takes our young protagonist, Nima, under her wing (or should we say feather boa). This book is filled with awkward moments and self-discovery as Nima, who has spent years pining after her straight girlfriend, unexpectedly finds herself plunged into the drag scene. Dee Dee La Bouche reminds us that there are people in this world who are full of love and we wish she could have been there to help guide us through some of life’s in-between moments.
7. Samir – There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
At first Ashish only really views Samir as his nerdy, over-confident, homeschooled cousin. However, it is Samir’s suggestion that Ashish should let his parents pick his next match that leads him to an introduction with Sweetie Nair. And really, we all have that one cousin that we find annoying but is still one of our greatest allies. There’s Something About Sweetie follows Sweetie and Ashish’s relationship as they both try to prove themselves in this “sweet” coming of age romance. And if you loved Samir’s character as much as we did, get ready because Menon’s next novel focuses on Samir and Pinky in 10 Thing I Hate About Pinky.