Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday [18]: Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With

1) Eliza from One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt: She's probably my most hated main character that's ever been written. I read this book a long time ago, but it still infuriates me just thinking about it. Picture this: You're not having the best day, and anyone who would look at your face would notice that something is not quite right. A nice person would either leave you the heck alone or ask you if you want to talk about it depending on your personality, right? Well, so, your best friend comes up to you and says "Hi" and just stands there like she's waiting for something. So, thinking that she's waiting for your cue to ask you what's wrong, and being the polite person that you are, you say "Hi, how are you". But, she is not a normal decent person who answers "Fine, how are you? You seem a bit down". Instead she starts talking about her boyfriend and how he won't call her every night before going to bed, and she goes on and on about how terrible her life is (when it's really not) and then, when she finishes and you don't answer right away because you're too baffled by her attitude, she looks at you like you have just offended her deeply and says "Jeez, thanks for nothing. You could at least pretend that you care about what's happening to me". And then she just takes off without even asking you if you were okay. That's Eliza for you. Just uggh!

2) Remy from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: I couldn't stand her. She slept around without a single care about who she was hurting in the process. She would freak out whenever she didn't get her way and throw a temper tantrum every five seconds. I just couldn't connect with her at all. 

3) America from The Selection series by Kiera Cass: The decision making, good God! It was awful! I just couldn't understand her train of thought, it drove me insane most of the time. I appreciated her having strong principles regarding certain topics, but then all of her values would go out the window when faced with the decision between Maxon and Aspen.

4) Rhine from Wither by Lauren DeStefano: I just didn't believe her. She kept saying she was determined to get away from Linden and back to her brother, but then I would find her looking deeply into his eyes like she had no memory of talking trash about him ten minutes ago. I can't really connect with a character I don't trust.

5) Helen from Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: The too-perfect-type is definitely not one I enjoy. Helen was way too beautiful, too powerful, too everything... And the amount of self-pitying she did in that book was ridiculous! Oh, poor me, I'm so beautiful everyone hates me... come on!

6) Nora from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: This is another one of those "type characters". Very average, very annoying, very whinny. She's the kind of character that usually drives me insane because she just lets things happen to her, and doesn't do anything to make the situations better. She just complains and stands there expecting other people to fix everything for her. Nope, we are just not compatible.

7) Samantha from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: She wasn't that bad at the end, but I really struggled at first to find something in her that I could relate to. She was one of the mean girls at school and was very self-centered, vain and she didn't seem to care about the people she hurt as long as she came up on top. It's always hard for me to relate to the bullies in a story, it's like I understand that most of them have gone through hard stuff but I can't condone taking it out on others just so you can feel better with yourself. 

8) Noel from Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti: It really annoys me when the characters don't have a backbone, I might be a little spoiled though, because I've read so many book with amazing bad-ass characters that every time I encounter someone who's not willing to defend her/himself it really bugs. Noel took so much crap from everyone in this book and it took her a really long time to see that she didn't deserve to be treated so badly. And even when she understood that no one had the right to treat her like that, she still didn't stand up for herself. 

9) Heather from Panic by Lauren Oliver: She wasn't that bad, but I struggled trying to understand her motivations. She enters the game "Panic" not because she wants to get away from her awful mother, or because she wants the money to go to college, but because her boyfriend broke up with her? What? How does one thing lead to the other, what's the logical connection between the two events? She confused me, and that's why we didn't click.

10) Margo from Paper Towns by John Green: Hold your horses! I love John Green and I enjoyed Paper Towns very much. But... I just didn't click with Margo, I didn't understand what was so especial about her, I just found her really self-centered and honestly kind of mean. I wouldn't have gone through all the trouble Q did to find her, not in a million years.

Which character you just couldn't connect with? Let me know in the comment section below!



  1. I totally agree with you about Margo! She was very unlikable, but I think it really helped to showcase the themes of the novel. Q states that it's dangerous to expect people to be anything more than a person, and Margo is the embodiment of this theme. She is a goddess in his mind because he has built her up to be this way, but in reality she is just a person, and an unlikable one at that! I studied this novel in one of my lit classes last year and really gained a whole new appreciation for it!
    Mallory @ The Local Muse

  2. I can totally understand why you didn't connect with America! I didn't either, but she didn't quite make my list! My TTT!

  3. I know what you mean about Margo Roth Spiegelman. What a brat.
    My TTT

  4. I had both Samantha and Heather on my list this week. I had to put Before I Fall down because I just couldn't connect to Sam and I just found Heather extremely irritating.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/top-ten-tuesday-20/

  5. OMG YES AND YES! I agree with so many of these and I didn't even really think about it before! But Heather...ergh. I don't understand Panic. The entire thing bugged me...like, let's-maybe-get-money-but-more-probably-die??! NO. Also America was a little irritating, and Nora. GAH NORA. She just...nope. I pressed onto Crescendo but I'm ditching the entire series now. >_<
    Here's my TTT!

  6. Margo is on so many lists this week. If I hadn't heard so many great things about the book in general I would consider not picking up the book. Great list :)

    My TTT http://wp.me/p3ftwe-Jy

  7. I really need to read paper towns! Neat list!
    Here’s mine http://wonderstruck-kcks.blogspot.com/2015/09/characters-i-just-didnt-click-with.html
    Happy Reading!