Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday- Characters I Didn't Click With

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (September 1st) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Characters I Didn't Click With

So I really had to dig deep to separate characters I didn't click with from characters that I just found annoying.  In my mind I was making them the same thing, but when I stopped to think about, I don't think that's true.  Also I realized that I can not click with the character and still like the book... a lot.  That's good because I'm definitely not going to click with everybody.

1.  Jam- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer- So this is my newest read.  I wanted to get into Jam's head, but I just did not find her very likable or anything more than 2-dimensional.  And that's before I found out the truth about her!

2.  CallieWhere the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller- I liked this book a lot, but Callie I didn't get.  She was constantly pushing people away and making the same mistakes over and over and over.  I thought someone should give her a hit over the head.

3.  LaurelLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- Laurel was too immature for me.  She was only in 9th grade, but felt MUCH younger.  She also was SUCH a follower and not very creative (her journal entries were like copy-paste from Wikipedia).

4.  SloaneThis is Not a Test by Courtney Summers- This is another book I REALLY liked, but I don't think many people would be able to click with a girl like Sloane.  She's survived a zombie apocalypse, but wants to die.

5.  McLeanWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen- McLean was hard for me.  She just didn't have that extra-something that Sarah Dessen's characters usually have.

6.  MiaIf I Stay by Gayle Forman- I didn't like how old-soul she felt to me.  It didn't seem real.  Again, I loved the book, but Mia wasn't a favorite.

7.  BiancaThe DUFF by Kody Keplinger- I don't understand why she did anything she did.  I don't get it.

8.  CharliePerks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- I don't think I'm alone in this one.  Charlie is a definitely a hard person to get to know and get the feel of.  Even after I figured out WHY he was the way he was, I still had a hard time relating.

9.  StargirlStargirl by Jerry Spinelli- Maybe I'm not cool enough to "get" Stargirl, but I just did not get her.  I liked the message of the book, but I didn't feel like I knew enough about Stargirl and why she was all wacky.

10.  Jessica Darling- In books 3-5 of the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty- Jessica Darling books 1 & 2??  Her, I love!!  Jessica 3-5, infuriates me.  She SO didn't grow up and she SO needed to.  I was not clicking with her judgmental inner commentary.

BONUS: An oldie that I really wanted to click with- Holden CaulfieldCatcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- I wanted to click with Holden, and I tried really hard to do so.  But I just could not get over his whiney voice.  And indecisiveness.

What kind of characters did you not click with??

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  1. I definitely didn't click with Holden Caulfield. He almost made my list. I did love Charlie, though. Great list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My TTT

  2. Oh dear! Not Stargirl? Stargirl is on my Favorite Characters lists!

    Here's my Characters I Just Didn't Click With.

  3. I agree that Mia wasn't my favorite from that book. I did llike Laurel in Love Letters to the Dead. Great list!

  4. Great list :) I really love Charlie, he was so sweet :)

  5. I didn't like Bianca from The DUFF either!
    I really didn't like that she was using that guy for sex.

  6. I haven't read any of these yet, but I'm working my way through Sarah Dessen's books. Maybe I will hold off on What Happened to Goodbye for now. Nice list!!

    Here is my TTT: http://www.jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2015/09/top-ten-tuesday-characters-i-just-didnt.html

  7. I haven't read any of these - not even Catcher in the Rye (how did I get out of that? lol) but I've seen several people mention Holden today. I'm kinda glad I never read it - whiny people drive me crazy! My TTT

  8. I'm so suprised at how many lists I am seeing Mia (If I Stay) on this week. I personally loved her, but so many people didn't seem to get along with her too well. I haven't read any of the other books on your list but have seen Laurel (Love Letters to the Dead) on a lot of lists too this week. I don't know whether I have been put off reading that one now. Is it worth it?

    1. I would say no to Love Letters to the Dead. A lot of people did like it though, so you never know, but I thought the story has been done before (and in books that did it so much better!!).

  9. Hi! Definitely agree about Stargirl and Charlie. I should have put them on my list, too!
    My TTT: http://lesliehauser.com/2015/09/01/top-ten-tuesday-fictional-characters-ive-unfollowed-on-instagram/


  10. Bianca. UGH. I have a scathing book review that I need to put up, but every time I read over it, I get so pissed off again. She is such a horrible person, and I hate that, because I loved the message behind the book. The movie Bianca was so much better!