My Book Boyfriend #1

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Book Boyfriend is hosted by the awesome blogger Missie at The Unread Reader.   What is My Book Boyfriend you might ask.  Well it is a weekly meme where we talk about a literary crush including stats, a picture of what you imagine he looks like and some quotes from him that make you swoon.  If you are interested in participating please check out Missie blog The Unread Reader.

Name:  Thomas (Tom) Mackee
Age: 22  
Skills: plays guitar, can sing and writes his own music

I was first introduced to the character Thomas Mackee in Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta . He was a secondary character, one of Francesca's friend and was 17.  Something about his snarky troublemaker attitude grabbed my attention and my heart. Then Marchetta decide to write a whole book on Tom's life based 5 years later called The Piper's Son and after reading it I was crushing even harder.

What I love most about Tom is he is flawed and realistic - he isn't the perfect guy that doesn't exist in the real world.  He comes across as a bad boy but he is a good guy underneath.  Yes, sometimes he made me mad and certainly made plenty of mistakes but I loved that he is a character that grew and changed and learnt to put his feelings out there.  And every time he did I crushed big time.  Tom also makes me laugh which is a very attractive trait.

Some favourite quotes:

"Thomas Mackee on the dance floor is totally uninhibited and is hysterical to watch.  Despite his lanky slobbiness, he moves well.  He makes the most ridiculous faces as he twists, his mouth in an O shape and we're laughing so much our stomach hurt."  Saving Francesca

"I lean against a streetlight and throw up, just near his shoe. He looks down at the ground and then at me. 'The guacamole was a mistake' he says, matter-of-factly. For the second time that night he makes me laugh. 'Don't make me have to you like you,' I tell him." Saving Francesca

"She's tired and leans her head on his shoulder, which is the resting place for all their heads, but when Justine and Siobhan and Francesca use his body so shamelessly he doesn't feel the need to turn his head and press his mouth against their hair."  The Piper's Son

"Maybe she'd always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spent the rest of your life searching for them.  He doesn't say anything at all after that and nor does she .  But they stay on the line.  And there goes another week's wage, but he doesn't care."  The Piper's Son

Who is your literary crush? Is anyone else crushing on Thomas Mackee? 

I would like to say thank you to Missie for hosting this meme.  I swear I have a new literary crush each week, so this meme is perfect for me!


A.J. said...

I love this post! Thomas! <3 Those pictures are so perfect!! *drools*

Melina Marchetta has the best male characters. EVER.

I think I might do this meme. But I can't figure out Jonah Griggs physical appearance (all I know is that he's a TANK). In fact, it's hard describing how I imagine him... So it would be hard finding pictures. And also, if I did this meme, I would just be like OMG OMG JONAH GRIGGS OMG OMG! haha XD

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

Oh my! What a fabulous meme! I have so many book boyfriends, but my true number 1 is Jay from The Body Finder. I don't know your book boyf, but he is cute! Love the pictures you posted!

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

loove this meme, wonderfully awesomsauce totally worthy pick.. except for yeah... mine. xD And Griggs is mine too, you want Will? :p the pictures are awesome and the quotes totally rock!

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

@ Audrey - NUH UH - You can't have them both Thomas Mackee and Jonah Grigg! Although you do have great taste in fictional boys! Marchetta writes the best characters. I loved Will in TPS too.

@ AJ - I am not surprised by your choice! Jonah Griggs would be in my top 5!

@ Leanna - Love Jay too! So many fictional crushes so little time :)

Jess said...

This is such a cool idea! And boy is that guy hot?! He is exactly how I imagined Tom aswell :) Any idea who he is in 'real life'?

Misha said...

It seems Melina Marchetta's books are a good place to discover potential boyfriends :D Even Missie chose a character from one of the author's books. I really need to read her books soon.
Bad on the surface, good on the inside - Thomas sounds like an interesting literary crush !

Anna said...

i love this idea. honestly, just brilliant.

Missie said...

I knew it! I knew it!!!

Fair warning, Nic. I will be stealing your book boyfriend in the future! ;)

OMG! I killed myself laughing with that guacamole line. Oh, and that hard-on line. *giggles*

Love this post! Thanks for the quotes!

Rachel said...

I haven't read this book, but I might have to if Thomas is anything as hot as you make him sound. And those pictures - swoon!

Nomes said...

what a perfect post

and i LOVE ADORE AND AGREE with the pictures you chose.

Loved reading all the quotes.

he really is one of my fave charcters. ever.


Jenny N. said...

This looks like a fun meme. I haven't read Saving Francesca so don't know anything about Tom. I did just finish reading The Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder and Valek has become my literary crush of the moment.

Elodie said...

I haven't read these books, but I definitely want to now !! =) Thanks

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Anonymous said...

What A great pick!! Loved the write up at Missies today...:D

Jenny said...

Okay seriously, I need to read Saving Francesca, all these crazy adorable book boyfriends I need to meet! Loved the description of him dancing, too cute:) Fantastic choice of boyfriends Nic!

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Ok, your book boyfriend is hot, and I must meet him and/or steal him stat. Love love love this feature, and I'm definitely going to participate next week! ( I so want to read Saving Francesca!)

Alexa said...

Haha I LOVE this idea and I love your choice although my heart still belongs to Will Trombol :)

Missie said...


*bounces off the wall*

Guess what I got in the mail last night? An ARC of The Piper's Son!!!! *dies*

I couldn't believe my eyes! I got home late from school, so I was only able to read a few pages before I passed out, but I am so happy! And I wanted to share the news with you ASAP because I knew you'd understand my fangirl squeeing. ;)

*runs off to die again*

Janellybelly said...

Just re-read The Pipers Son this weekend, & have fallen in love with Tom ALL OVER AGAIN!!!

Macca said...

What an AMAZING charecter!! I'm sorry but my book bf would have to be Finnik Odair from The Hunger Games!! Anyone else agree?

Rachel-Annette Merlo-Picone said...

Thomas Mackee is adorable! He is definitely in our top 3 book boyfriends! We love the pictures, very close to what we imagined.

If you want to see more of Tom's world, you should check out our blog

We visited all the locations mentioned in Melina Marchetta books. We are slowly uploading these. We started with Looking for Alibrandi and will be working our way through the books in order of release date. Soon you will be able to see the park opposite Georgies house, Temple Street and even The Union!

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