Top Ten Tuesday: Characters We Didn’t Click With


In this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, we had to think about ten characters we didn’t click with in books that we’ve read. As always Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Emmy & Oliver

Emmy & Oliver in Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy and Oliver both just seemed distant to me. I wasn’t able to connect on a emotional level with either of them. Though I did enjoy this book to some extent, both characters just didn’t seem real. They’re sitting in her room crying and I’m just staring at the words thinking, “well… they’re decently mature for teenagers…”… This was obviously the time where my heart should have been breaking, and instead I was analyzing the authors intentions in making the characters appear older emotionally than they probably would be in reality…

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

Alyssa in Splintered by A.G Howard

Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories, so I was really looking forward to seeing this new twist to the story. While I liked the story, I couldn’t seem to connect at all with Alyssa. I honestly didn’t care all that much what happened to her. I plan to continue to the series, so hopefully this will get better later on.

And in Kelly’s point of view… Alyssa kind of creeped her out… She just screamed, “not fully mentally there”…

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

America in The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I really enjoyed the series, and I wouldn’t say I completely hated America, but she had her moments when she got on my nerves. For the most part, I guess I just couldn’t seem to connect with her even though I did find myself having a few moments when I did click. Maybe it’s because I have never been fighting for a Prince with 34 other girls…


The Heir (The Selection, #4)

Eadlyn in The Heir by Kiera Cass

Eadlyn is a really hard character to connect with. She grows up in a very sheltered life and becomes a girl who is disconnected from the rest of the world. She has walls around her emotions the size of China and doesn’t let anyone, including the readers, get too close for fear of being weak. Her insecurities are understandable, but with her need to be perfect, she is very difficult to connect with.

Icons (Icons, #1)

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas in Icons by Margaret Stohl

I read this book until the end, but I have no desire to continue the story at all. About the only character that really interested me would be Tima and Doc the computer. I found it kinda sad that I enjoyed a computer more than I did the actual people in the story and we interacted with Tima very little throughout the story.


Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Mare in Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

At first I found Mare to be an interesting character until she got to the palace. She became annoying to me and I was losing interest as she went between male characters and really didn’t have much direction or purpose in her life.



Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1)

Jessamy in Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

Jessamy’s character felt like someone I thought I would connect to compared to reading about her sisters. However after the first 100 pages I just did not care even though I had met Kal and was hoping he’d swoop in and help hold my interest.  I wound up not finishing the ARC I received from BEA this year and passed it along.


The Fire Artist

Aria in The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney

I felt no sympathy toward Aria’s character while reading a copy of the ARC I got from BEA last year. I couldn’t finish the book and I passed it along to someone else.



Everything I Never Told You

The Lee Family in Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

For some reason I wasn’t very interested in the story and I didn’t found the characters fell a bit flat. It reminded me too much of Lovely Bones and a bit of Thirteen Reasons Why and I just stopped reading the book thinking I would pick it up again, but I haven’t yet.



So that wraps up our Top Ten Tuesday! Do we have any in common? What characters have you not been able to connect with?!

Melissa, Lauren, and Kelly


5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters We Didn’t Click With

  1. Here I thought I was the only one who didn’t absolutely love Red Queen! I mean, everyone’s raving about it and I was just underwhelmed. It seems like so much of what’s coming out these days is just recycled plot matter, and it’s hard to invest characters who are having the same problems aaall the other characters are going through.

    I’ve gotten to the point where every time I read a YA with a civil war/revolution plot, all I can think is “You know, in Somalia they’d love to have your despotic yet well-organized government.” I’d read the heck out of a YA fantasy where someone changed the government from the inside, though!!!


    • Yeah, the worst for me was the fact that I predicted the plot twist in Red Queen from a mile away. Everyone was so surprised, and I just kind of read it and was like… I knew it… I did like her at the end of the book though, when she actually decided to take action and have a purpose in her life! Also, have you read Grave Mercy?


    • That plot twist wasn’t really a plot twist. Red Queen was an ok read for me, but definitely not one of my tops. I have ready way better books. I may still read the next book, but it’s not high on my list right now. I just hate that everyone else seems to love this one and I didn’t.


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