Today’s Top Ten Tuesday features characters I just didn’t click with. I always hope to love every book I read, sadly this is not always the case. Sometimes it is the writing, sometimes the premise and sometimes the characters. So for today let’s talk about those that I just did not click with for whatever reason. In no particular order here they are.
Nate Piven from Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. I just did not like him. I found myself disliking him more and more as I read the book. Now this is A New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Washington Post Notable book so I know others like it, but for me I just couldn’t get past Nate.
Evelyn Beegan from Stephanie Clifford’s Everybody Rise. As I mentioned in my review, I found Evelyn very similar to Nate from The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Both were spoiled and never content with what they had. And in seeking more, they stepped on people to get there. This was chosen as one of Summer’s Best Books by People Magazine so YMMV (your mileage may vary).
Wendy Everly from Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy – Switched, Torn and Ascend. Did I read all three? Yup. But I’m not sure why. Wendy just seemed so not a heroine character to me. I think she played as more of a sidekick to me. The series has a 4.6 star (out of 5) on Amazon, so again must just be me.
The Beauchamp family from Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End series, Joanna, Freya and Ingrid. I really liked de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series so I had high hopes for this one. But I just never resonated with the ladies leading the story. I found it funny that when the Lifetime series based in it came out I really enjoyed it, but the books, not so much.
Audrey from Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey (see my review here). I love Kinsella and she is one of my auto buy authors, but this one I didn’t like. Audrey was just so vapid. And for all her “angst” it only takes a boy to cure her. Nope, not for me. Now if the book had centered on her brother, that would have been good.
Aristotle “Aris” Thibodeau from Melanie Sumner’s How to Write a Novel (see my review here). I really disliked this character. Something about the way she was written just made me cringe. I have seen reviews likening her to Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird and as a having “a fresh cool voice” but good lord, no! Her character is the reason for the low review score I gave.
Plum Kettle from Sarai Walker’s Dietland (see my review here). Dietland is a 2015 Amazon Best Book of the Year So Far and has been lauded by the likes of Oprah. But to me, this character was a caricature and as such just didn’t click for me.
Margo Roth Spiegelman from John Green’s Paper Towns. I did like this book and I credit that to the fact that for more than half of the book Margo is not in it. She is spoiled and does not think of what her actions will do to those around her. Go check out the rest of Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish.