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If you can get a job based on a role in a book, what would you choose to be and why?

Teen Board Monthly Question

If you can get a job based on a role in a book, what would you choose to be and why?

It's the peak of summer --- time to get a summer job! This July, we wanted to know how our Teen Board members would keep themselves occupied if they lived in a fictional world. We asked if you can get a job based on a role in a book, what would you choose to be and why? For instance, you could be a Quidditch referee as in Harry Potter or a Special reinforcing the laws in the Uglies series. Let's see what they had to say!

If I could choose one job, I would probably be a doctor at Hazel and Augustus' hospital in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. When I was reading the book, I wished there was a way they could both beat their cancers. I really wanted to help them stay together! --- Rachel D.
I would love to be a circus performer in THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. The circus is simply magical. On my off days, I could wander around the grounds and visit the endless tents to discover something new or hop aboard the magical rides. --- Cassandra H.
I would definitely like to be a wishmonger from Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, despite the obvious danger involved with the job. Collecting teeth, giving wishes --- how weird and interesting would that be? --- Sydney L.
I think it would be really fun to be a stylist in THE HUNGER GAMES! I really love fashion and clothes so that would be the perfect job for me. --- Maggie L.
Assuming I could get out of it in September (you did say "summer job"), I would want to be an Alchemist in Richelle Mead's VAMPIRE ACADEMY and Bloodlines series. Harsh regulations aside, think about it --- loads of travel, weird science and fulfilling the sacred duty to keep the human world in the dark about vampires. --- Lexibex V.
If I could get a job based on a role in a book I would choose to be Streaker pilot like Nyx in BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy because it seems so exciting and purposeful!  --- Kate F.
My dream summer job would be to work at the toy store in the book THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET in Paris. Toy stores hold a special appeal because they have something for everyone and are without a doubt a source of joy. The store in HUGO is home to the amazing Isabelle who has a knack for unlocking great mysteries.  --- Yaira M.

My dream fictional job would be anything featured in any Jules Verne novel ever. From exploring the bottom of the ocean to journeying to the center of the earth to circumnavigating the globe in a hot air balloon, Verne's protagonists always have the most exhilarating, most heart-stoppingly perilous professions imaginable. Sure, after a mere week in the life of a Verne protagonist, I'd probably trade in all that spine-tingling excitement for a hot shower and a diet Dr. Pepper. All the same, I love to imagine myself as the sort of person who can soar through the atmosphere in a flimsy, 19th-century hot air balloon while spouting long-winded Victorian vocabulary. --- Alison S.
I would want to be an Oompa Loompa from the book CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl.  Who wouldn’t want to be a creepy little thing making candy all day?  Best job ever.   --- Maya B.
Although this may seem like an unconventional choice, I would love to be one of the aptitude test proctors in DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. I love backstage type jobs like this, where no one really knows what you're doing but you make an amazing difference anyway. Had Tris had someone else as her test proctor, her whole life would have turned out very differently.  --- Pranshu A.
If I could have any job in the book universe, I would choose to be Eadlyn's head maid in THE HEIR by Kiera Cass. Not only would I find friendship in Eadlyn, but I would be able to see cute boys every day while working in a beautiful palace. It would also be a lot of fun helping design and create clothes for Eadlyn! --- Katherina T.
I would like to have a job as a camp counselor like in the novel THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith, even though in the book the counselor at Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys is constantly portrayed as hating his job. I always admired the counselors when I went to summer camp and feel that I would have a fun time taking younger kids on adventures, serving as a role model for them and making memorable experiences for everybody involved. --- Sara J.