Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters
Surprisingly this was harder than I thought. I know I’m frustrated whilst I’m reading but this took some time to remember which characters frustrated me and WHY. Sometimes I still LOVED them (Jessica Darling for sure!) but they frustrated me but other times I just despised them.
Bella Swan from Twilight
I know probably a lot of people are going to hate on her but I just really couldn’t stand her. I WANTED to like her because I knew she was supposed to represent “the average girl” but she just didn’t at all for me. She frustrated me with her too-stupid-to-function shenanigans and pretty much always needed the boys to save the day. And just UGH. She just frustrated me!
Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty
Listen, JESSICA DARLING IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL. One of my fave characters ever!! But that girl FRUSTRATED me sometimes. I just wanted to be like WHY ARE YOU MAKING BAD DECISIONS?? I wanted to lovingly smack her. But still, she’s my homegirl.
Micah in Liar by Justine Larbalestier
This is a case of frustrated and DID NOT LOVE. Everything about her frustrated me and the whole book just killed me so my annoyance level was already high. Also, I listened to this on audio and Micah just grated my nerves.
Zoe in Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
I don’t hate nor did I connect with Zoe but she was so frustrating. I wanted to like her but I just couldn’t She was supposed to be so smart but she made REALLY dumb decisions that I just shook my head all too often in that book. I had complicated feelings and you can read about them further in my review of Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook.
Mia from Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
I really did like her but felt so frustrated throughout the WHOLE novel with her. Sometimes I thought she was being selfish and immature but then other times I really understood her and why she might feel the way she does or be doing the things she did. Also, she relied on Gyver SO MUCH. You can read my long, rambly review of Send Me A Sign to get a better idea of why I had frustrations with her! But I definitely, at times, GOT her! Just a back and forth and I commend Tiffany Schmidt for having me interact with a character in this way!
Natalie from Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
In my review of Not That Kind of Girl I said the reason I was SO frustrated with Natalie was because she reminded me SO MUCH OF MYSELF at that point in time. I love Natalie though. I really really do but she frustrated me like no other because she was so judgy and self righteous sometimes but I loved watching her grow!
Tally from The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I read this a LONG time ago but I just found her so incredibly frustrating while I was reading that I never ended up moving on in the series. I can’t even tell you why lol. That’s how long ago it was. It is also to be noted that was NOT a YA reader then.
Hannah from 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This one might seem odd but I honestly felt so frustrated by her and how she sent the tapes to Clay. Like I felt SO bad for her that she felt that horrible about herself that she committed suicide but I just felt like she was really frustrating in explaining what made her do it and how she was involving Clay. Ultimately I felt sad for her but I really grappled with feeling frustrated and feeling bad.
Lydia Bennett from Pride & Prejudice
I just wanted to punt her! SO HARD!
Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Belly was one of those characters I loved but frustrated me SO MUCH. She was such a little brat sometimes and uber whiny. I hear that she grows up a bit in the next books but sometimes she was just so moody and jumped to conclusions and I was like WHYYYY?? STOP! You can read my review of The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han here!
So tell me…did any of these characters frustrate you? Are there any other characters that you can think of that were incredibly frustrating that you’ve encountered? I’m SURE I’m forgetting some!