Have I told you yet about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and how amazing it is? The wait was worth it, the hype entirely justified. Run, don't walk to this book. As with everything, just listen to me and you'll be happier for it.
All of her characters are winners, but Hobie might be one of my favorite characters of all time ever. That sincerely means something because ever since I was a kid I've had a tendency to form attachments to fictional characters, thinking about them long after I closed a book or turned off the TV. I would imagine their lives after, or go back and visit them, looking for new clues, something I missed the first time around. I fall in love so easily with imaginary people, and stay in love. There is infinite love in my heart for the make-believe. And so: James Hobart, welcome to the list. I miss learning about you already. You join the ranks of illustrious company, including:
-Harriet M. Welsch (Harriet the Spy)
-Morris Buttermaker (The Bad News Bears - incidentally I have already written a mini-thesis about how all these characters ended up as adults, ignoring whatever is purported in the existing sequels. That is entirely normal behavior and not borderline anything.)
-Matthew Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables - the dearest dear of all time. But really only as played by Richard Farnsworth on the PBS adaptation. And I know what happened to him but still.)
-Charlie on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
-Liz Lemon, my lifetime hero
-Sally J. Freedman (Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself)
-Pecola Breedlove (The Bluest Eye - I wonder if I've ever hoped so hard for an imaginary future)
-Dawn Weiner aka Weinerdog (Welcome to the Dollhouse)
-Cyd Charisse (Gingerbread)
-Clare Quilty (Lolita - an intriguing creeper of a dude)
-Georgia Nicholson (the Angus...series).
So many more I'll think of and probably add to the comments for days. Add yours too, come on, it'll be fun.