September 1

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

September 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With. For this particular topic, I didn’t want to necessarily pick the obvious – I wanted to pick characters that other might have potentially connected with. How did you feel about the following characters?


Beth Bird from The House We Grew Up In – I felt that Beth often played the martyr, and without including any spoilers, she committed the ultimate act of self indulgence.

Lacey Porter from The Royal We – Lacey struck me as spoiled, self-involved, and too image-oriented for me.


Laura from Fangirl – I’m not sure how a mother ever leaves her children, but even once she comes back, she is so emotionally distant and disconnected from her daughters that you can’t help but dislike her.

Helen’s Mom from Happiness for Beginners – One thing I’ve learned from doing this post is that I am terrible at remembering the names of more minor (and sometimes major) characters from stories. I tried to Google Helen’s mom’s name, and I still wasn’t able to track it down. Anyways, here is another mom that deserts her children, and really does a pathetic job at making amends down the road.

Mrs. Turner from Finding Audrey – There were moments when I was close to liking Audrey’s mom, but then she would do things that just made her so unable to relate to. I found her to be quite erratic and over-the-top in her responses to life.

Aunt Alexandra from To Kill A Mockingbird – Even though she wasn’t Scout and Jem’s mom, she stepped in to fill that role. I found her decision-making to be based solely on how it would impact her image, not what was best for an individual. For those of you who know me, I’m so not into people who are overly concerned about their image.

Unlikeable Males

Daniel Parrish from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – I struggle with male characters that love to sleep around and feel absolutely no remorse over it, especially when they are in a supposed committed relationship with another person.

JB from A Little Life – Although he plays such a key role in the novel, I found JB to be quite self-centered. He lived his life with little regard for those around him.

Julian from Wonder – OK, Julian’s role needs to be present in the novel in order to send its necessary message, but Julian is just not a nice boy! I even read an edition of the book that included The Julian Chapter, and I still wasn’t a huge fan.

James from The Good Girl – James was not a nice man at home or at work. We won’t even talk about how pathetic he was in his role as a dad. He was self-absorbed and image-oriented and just not a nice guy!

What characters did you not connect with?

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Posted September 1, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Top Ten Tuesday


  1. By Katrina on

    You are so right about Aunt Alexandra! Also I definitely agree about Daniel Parrish too. I mean, I wasn’t Ismay’s hugest fan either because she sort of let it happen but Daniel really ought to have got his act together. Have you read ‘The Rosie Project’? Gene & Claudia’s relationship is EXACTLY the same. So frustrating!

    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday list!

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    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination


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