Jo, Beth, Amy, or Meg? Last night I was reading a creepy, haunting book on my subway ride home it was so scary, and so real, that I walked home covered in a layer of fear, as though the book were real, and all the ghost-y things were happening not to the characters, but to me. When a book is good, it feels real. And the same is true with literary characters when theyre written so well, they feel like actual people. And sometimes, our favorites are just the friends we need. Do you have a literary best friend? I asked all the OOMers who theres would be. (You know, if they were real.) Heres what they said: Megan: Jo from Little Women. Shes got spunk. (Though she makes her sisters dress up as men, which Im not that excited about, says Megan.) Michael: Its a toss-up between Neville Longbottom (from the Harry Potter series), Meg Murry (from A Wrinkle in Time), or Marley Sandelski (from Lisa Yees Warp Speed). Neville because of his loyalty and bravery; Meg for showing those same qualities; and Marley for geeking out on Star Trek! Alex: Willy Wonka. Because CHOCOLATE. Dante: Encyclopedia Brown for being smart, cool, and taking down bullies, or Jay Gatsby, because PARTIES. Lauren: the Wakefield twins! Elizabeth is the perfect bestie to have for studying and hosting book clubs, but Jessica is the best for hanging out at the mall. Nadia: all of the members of The Baby-sitters Club, because theyre fun, loyal, trustworthy girls just what every pre-teen needs. I definitely have some literary besties, too. Ellen Olenska from The Age of Innocence for her world experience and empathy; Rachel and Hilary from Dancing Shoes for their thoughtfulness and deep sisterly love; and Massie Block from The Clique series (because everyone needs a frenemy). How about you?