I’ve been wanting to do a series of “Character Appreciation Posts” (CAPs?) to highlight my favorite characters from different books and series. The first one I decided to go with is Kenji, so here it is!
Full name: Kenji Kishimoto
Series: Shatter Me/ Touching Juliette by Tahereh Mafi
Background: Approximately 24 years old; orphaned at a young age; has the power to turn invisible; is initially introduced as a soldier under the Reestablishment (the series’ dictatorial government); described as being of Japanese descent
Qualities: Funny; intelligent; slightly immature; a little crude; says what’s on his mind; can be mature and serious when necessary; great friend; well built, good looking
Kenji starts off in the first book as a side character and friend to Adam Kent (the protagonist’s initial love interest), but then his role grows and he ends up having the important job of leading the protagonist, Juliette, to join the resistance against the Reestablishment. Throughout the rest of the series, his relationship with Juliette grows and develops and they become best friends. Kenji often gets stuck between Juliette and her love interests, and he isn’t scared to tell her how he feels about that. He calls Juliette out on all her BS and often reminds her that the world has bigger problems than her relationship problems. At one point in the series, Kenji is described as “a walking paradox of Unflinchingly Serious Person and 12-Year-Old Boy Going Through Puberty all rolled into one”.
Do you have any other favorite quotes from Kenji, or know of another character similar to Kenji that you’ve read about? Leave a comment! 🙂