Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday- Characters I Don't Understand

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 (April 22nd) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Characters That I Don't Understand

These characters may come from books that I loved, but that doesn't mean I understood why these characters are the way they are.  Basically these are the characters I didn't really "get".

1.  Callie from Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller- She went around sleeping with guy after guy and she never actually had that moment where she realized that wasn't the way to go about things.  And she constantly lied and also never changed that either.
2.  Mara Dyer from The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- Ughhh is this girl crazy??  After this second book, I'm starting to think the whole thing is one big hallucination.
3.  Parker Fadley from Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers- I loved this book hardcore.  But Parker is a hard character to get.  She goes from All-American to downright depressed and mean.  Sometimes she was a little too harsh for my tastes.
4.  Bev from The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour- She totally dicked over her best friend for no good reason.  I get that she didn't want to go through with the plan, but she didn't have to leave Colby hanging like that.  I pretty much hated her for 80% of the book.
5.  Van Houten from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- He's mean to kids.  Kids with cancer.  WTF?
6.  Jessica Darling in Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty- I loved the first 2 books, but by this 4th book I totally did NOT understand Jessica.  She was so damn judgmental.  Everyone is beneath her.  I didn't get it.
7.  Frankie Perino from Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler- Her brother died and I totally felt bad for her... but she had no right to treat Anna like she did.  She needed punched.
8.  Becca from Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfeld- Becca was like ENTRANCED that a stranger was murdered in the outskirts of her town.  It was weird.
9.  Sasha from I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin- Sasha is Nick's girlfriend who turned out to be a robot.  Ok not really, but she showed zero feelings about the situation they were in.  She was lucky to have a guy like Nick try to help and support her, and she completely shut him out.
10.  Stargirl from Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli- Her weirdness was too exaggerated.  I can totally get behind someone who wants to fly their freak flag and dance to the beat of their own drummer... but Stargirl was just weird to be weird.  She had no reasons for doing the silly things she did and it annoyed me a little.  I love the message of being yourself, but I don't think anyone's self includes wearing a flowerpot on your head (or whatever crazy stuff that girl did).

So there's my list!  I can't wait to see what kind of characters you all put on your lists!!  Leave me links :)


  1. Oh my gosh, I despised Van Houten. He was such a jerk! I sadly haven't read any of the other books, but love your choices! I must read them!

    Amber @ bookish wonders

  2. I must say that Stargirl made me want to change my name to something weird (...but I also went through a phase in 3rd grade where I wanted everyone to call me George. In my defense, there were 3 Elizabeth's in my class, and Famous Five was my favourite book series haha)

  3. Mara Dyer is completely messed up, but I seem to really be enjoying the series nonetheless. Great list!

  4. Van Houten was a jerk, but I almost sympathized with him due to his family and history. I'm working on reading a couple other books on your list. :)

    Shelly @ Books and Writing

  5. Oh Mara Dyer is really crazy/weird, but I love her and those books anyway, simply because she is so unreliable. :)

    My Top Ten

  6. Haha she needed to be punched. Awesome. And yeah I don't get Van Houten either except that he is a mean, crabby old man.

  7. Van Houten was DEFINITELY crazy!! I don't think Mara Dyer is crazy. There is something else that is going on. I can't wait for the release of The Retribution of Mara Dyer so we can finally find out what it is.
    Great list!!

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2014/04/top-ten-tuesday-characters-i-would-like.html

  8. Yeah, Mara Dyer is a real mystery :)

  9. The only one I have read out of your list if The Fault in Our Stars and I so agree with that one!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  10. I like this topic a lot. Parker Fadley is a weird one because I loved the book and I liked Parker and I didn't mind her switch, given that something traumatic happened it made sense, but then we learned the traumatic thing I was kind of miffed. I couldn't understand how Parker just ignored it or why she didn't tell anyone or really how it even happened to begin with.