It’s happened to all of us. You start a new book, and you wait. You wait for the magic to happen. You wait for that moment when something snaps into place, and you just get the main character.
Lilac and Tarver from These Broken Stars. She was a major pain in the ass who represented some of the worst female stereotypes, and Tarver lost my respect for putting up with her.
Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. I am not a fan of how their relationship unfolds (I can’t say anything specific without giving away plot details). The details, when you’ve read them, reveal that Étienne is a weak-willed douche masquerading as a romantic. It didn’t work for me, and neither did he. And that Anna wasn’t bothered by how he comported himself didn’t endear her to me either.
Jane from Austenland. It’s been a while since I read this, but I do remember feeling vaguely frustrated by Jane’s passivity several times. She wasn’t the worst character, but she certainly didn’t make me want to be her best friend.
Juliette from Shatter Me. I get that she’s had a rough time. I get that she’s a little mentally unstable because of it. But I still can’t quite forgive her for the horrible experience of being in her head.
Elizabeth from Roomies. I know she was young, and youths are notoriously annoying, but still. I lost patience with her many, many times.
Cadence from We Were Liars. I actually legitimately can’t say anything more about this one. There just isn’t a way to do so without giving away important plot details. I just didn’t approve of her behaviour, let’s leave it at that.
Tris from Insurgent. I don’t feel like this one needs much explanation if you’ve read the books. All the self-pity and whining and wilful idiocy. Just NO.
Joanna from My Salinger Year. Okay, I feel bad talking about this one because this book was a memoir. I just… didn’t get along with her. I didn’t like that she let her boyfriend get away with horrible behaviour, and I had trouble with her voice. It just came across a bit cold and wibbly. Yes, I know that’s not a real word.
“The wife” from Dept. of Speculation. I appreciated the experimental format of this book. I appreciated how the characters were developed and how the plot was unfurled. But I just didn’t like the narrator. I felt for her, I understood parts of her. But I didn’t actively like her.
Viola from A God In Ruins. Of course, you’re not really supposed to get on with her. But still. I didn’t.
I didn’t anticipate how… icky this post would make me feel! I don’t like writing negative stuff in reviews, but this just basically rounded up the bad things I wrote over the past two years into one post. At any rate, I’ve linked to full reviews for books I’ve written them for, so you can see the things I *did* like about them – because there were some, I promise.
I am curious to know, though, who did you find difficult to read? Which characters didn’t you get along with? Did you struggle with any of the same ones as I did?
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