Have you heard of Sweetest Day? You may not have if you don’t live in the Northeast or Great Lakes regions of the United States. This holiday originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921 and is an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.” Similar to Valentine’s Day, on the third Saturday in October, friends and relatives celebrate those sweet people in their lives, most often with candy or flowers.
I thought it might be fun for us to take a day this year to celebrate our favorite YA characters. They may not always be delightfully dispositioned, but we sure are grateful they have come into our lives. I asked my fellow Hub bloggers to think of their favorite YA characters and to try to match a sweet treat to them. Little virtual treats to show our appreciation for their existence in the world.
Diane Colson – I love the character of Ezra in The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider. He’s a clueless nice guy until he’s badly injured. Then his popular friends seem to desert him and he spends a lonely summer recuperating. When Ezra returns to school, he begins to live his life differently. That’s when the real sweetness emerges!
For a corresponding dessert, I would choose Chocolate Marshmallow Bark. My reasoning is that Ezra is a little tough like bark and a little bitter like dark chocolate because of his injury. But once people get to know him they find him sweet and funny, like mini-marshmallows.