“People are too complicated to have simple labels.”
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) - Philip Pullman
I realize I don't have much to say today. I just really like this series and I do accept that a lot of it's moralizing is a bit over the top and there are a lot of plot holes and disposable story elements but I still think it's fantastic.
I think if I had to pick a book with characters that are more human than any others it would be this. Everbody really is flawed and not in abnormal things, but in things that you and me and my mother are too, except we're not in a huge magical adventure in a parallel universe and our flaws won't destroy or save the world. And I gotta say in a lot of teen literature, flaws turn out awkward and easily forgotten for more heroic subterfuges (sorry Snape), but here it is believable and disliked and graceful and remembered but for a cause. And that has got to mean something, right?
Plus, I did name my cat Lyra.