Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is characters that I did not click with. I don’t really have many main characters that I don’t click with, but I’m the type of reader that finds it hard to connect to a story if I don’t like the characters. So a lot of the titles mentioned below are ones that I gave relatively low ratings to (though there are some that had such impactful stories that I fell in love with them anyway).

These are in no particular order:

America Singer (The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass):
I don’t think I need to elaborate on this choice. America is just the most frustrating main character, who seems to just have everything work out in her favour even though she’s not really anything special.

Dorrigo Evans (The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan):
The Narrow Road to the Deep North was the Man Booker Prize winner of 2014, and this is a book that I actually did enjoy despite not really connecting with the main character. I gave this 4/5 stars. I thought the side characters were all so strong in this book and I preferred to read about them over Dorrigo.

Molly Barlow (99 Days by Katie Cotugno):
There was little to no character development in this book and I just didn’t like Molly at all. She never learnt from the mistakes she had made in the past and I didn’t feel sorry for her at all. I found her to be frustrating, annoying and just dislikeable.

Margo Roth Spiegelman (Paper Towns by John Green):
Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Enough said.

Greg Gaines (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews):
This was a book that I could not connect to at all (I gave it a 1 star rating) and I think it’s mostly due to the fact that I couldn’t connect with Greg’s character. I didn’t find his voice to be that funny – in fact, in my Goodreads review I wrote “I found Greg to be a little bit boring, wimpy and emotionless“.

Taylor Gray (Risk by Fleur Ferris):
I didn’t click with Taylor at all, probably because she’s a 15 year old narrator with a very juvenile voice. This is definitely a book aimed at a younger audience, and as a 20-something year old it just didn’t click with me.

Cadence Sinclair Eastman (We Were Liars by E. Lockhart):
An unreliable narrator, with kind of an annoying and slightly juvenile voice. While I liked the concept of the book, I didn’t enjoy the characters at all.

Aaron Soto (More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera):
I gave this book a high 4.5 – 5 star rating because it gave me all the feels. But I didn’t really click with Aaron, the MC. He was a little bit boring and I couldn’t really relate to him at all in the first 100 pages of the book. I started to like him a little bit more after the first 100 pages, but he left a bad first impression.

Lief (The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury):
Lief is one of the love interests in this new trilogy (series?)…and let’s just say, he’s not a part of the pairing that I like in this trilogy. First, his name is part of a plant; his name is foliage… But that aside, his character is very mysterious. He was very eager and persistent from the first time we meet him and I found myself thinking “what’s with this guy?” so many times throughout the book.

Charlie (Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott):
I could not stand Charlie, the MC, in this book at all. She was very broody, immature and self-deprecating. I thought she was a very pathetic character and there wasn’t any character development at all. I didn’t understand the point of the book and I gave it 1 star.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I Just Didn’t Click With

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Oh, I think I’m the opposite. I mean, I don’t like Eadlyn very much but I found her to be less frustrating than America? Actually…they were both pretty bad for me.

      Thanks for linking me your post. I love checking out who other people dislike!


    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      The story itself was kind of entertaining, in a guilty pleasure sort of way but America made way too many bad decisions and was frustratingly indecisive. I’ll still continue to read the next book in the series because it’s weirdly addictive but if you haven’t started it, I wouldn’t waste my time with it.


  1. cwreads says:

    Oh my gosh, MARGO. I just found her character ridiculous and completely unrealistic. The ending felt like a punch in the gut too.

    I’m staying away from The Selection trilogy like the plague. I’ve heard that America is an awful character, and the plot and other things are just as bad too.


    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      The Selection is addictive like reality tv shows are. The plot is like bad tv – predictable but overly dramatic. I was frustrated the whole time but couldn’t stop reading. But I agree, it’s better to just stay away. Watch the Epic Reads ‘The Selection with dolls’ videos on YouTube though! They’re hilarious.

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      • cwreads says:

        Oh gosh, tbh sometimes I love books like that. ;_; I shall stay far away so I don’t hate myself afterwards!

        LOL oh my gosh, I just watched it. Why do I get the feeling that the video is more succinct and better than the book itself? Hahahaha thank you Jenna I think you saved me from worlds of pain.

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  2. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    More Happy Than Not… I cried through the entire last 1/3 of the book. I actually ended up really loving Aaron and his narration even though I didn’t feel it (or the book) at first. But man, when that plot twist came, it broke me. AND THEN THAT ENDING. *cries forever in my corner*

    I clicked with no one in Risk lmao, I do not understand their priorities and I am convinced no teenager acts like that.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      OMG YES, I cried so much after the plot twist! That killed my heart. And it was another stab in my already broken heart when G and T got together. I was like… Nooooo Aaron T_T. Go read Simon VS now! He’ll heal your heart 🙂

      And yes… Risk. Those characters *sigh*. There was one line at the beginning of the book where Sierra says something along the lines of “I pashed him”, and I thought…NOBODY says ‘pashed’!


  3. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    WRT the annoying ‘chosen one everything works out for’ in The Selection – I just read The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and it’s all about dismantling that. It’s about what’s happening to the teenagers who aren’t the ones saving the world. It’s pretty great.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I keep seeing The Rest of Us Just Live Here in every bookstore I go to but I’ve been hesitating because I have so many books on my TBR T_____T. But I still haven’t read anything by Patrick Ness yet so I think I should just go for it. And it might also motivate me to finally pick up the Chaos Walking trilogy, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages now.


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