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Top tier protagonists of 2022 so far!

From whip-smart to badass to undeniably wholesome, here are some of 2022’s top tier protagonists so far!

The Noh Family
 by Grace K. Shim

It’s pretty much impossible to not fall in love with Chloe as she finds herself on an adventure into a life of luxury and possibility in Seoul!

Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny is the perfect guide to follow through the Nsibidi Scripts. Throughout her adventures in Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, she had to navigate the balance between nearly everything in her life—America and Nigeria, the “normal” world and the one infused with juju, human and spirit, good daughter and powerful Leopard Person.

With and Without You by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

It’s a given that when you pick up a #Wibbroka book, you’re inevitably going to adore the protagonist–and Siena is no exception!

Flirting with Fate by J.C. Cervantes

Ava’s adventures in Flirting with Fate are unforgettable as she learns the importance family, fate, and finding love where you least expect it.

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

Jani’s fierce love for her sister as she enters the beautiful, dangerous halls of Hotel Magnifique had us rooting for her to the very last page!

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram

Ever wondered what it would be like to go on tour with a boyband? Hunter is the perfect protagonist to take you behind the scenes of fame, drama, and love.

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

To be fair, we are deeply in love with all of these vividly drawn characters. But Sal and Noor hold a very special place in our heart!

Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

Following Sunny on a crazy prom night adventure? ALWAYS a good decision.

Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes

If you love a witty narrator with clever banter, it’s time you meet Josslyn Drake.

The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

Get ready to meet Fi and Shane. This is the perfect fantasy novel for anyone looking for their next favorite multi-POV tale!

Practice Girl by Estelle Laure

After finding out she’s referred to as a “practice girl”—the popular term for girl who’s good enough to hook up with but not to date–Jo rejects her label and decides for herself who she is to the world. You can be she’s already an instant 2022 favorite!

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