Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I love from books I hate

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I love from books I hate

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

This is probably the hardest Top Ten Tuesday topic I’ve ever tackled. If I hate a book, I normally hate EVERYTHING about it. If there’s a character I love, they normally redeem the book enough for me to rate it at least three stars… So I challenged myself to find ten characters I really like from books that I only gave one or two star ratings.

10) Margot from Margot & Me by Juno Dawson

Margot & Me by Juno Dawson

Margot was the only interesting thing about Margot & Me, and I found myself speed reading the chapters narrated by Fliss – her granddaughter – so that I could get back to Margot’s diary entries, which were far more compelling.

9) Fenrin from The Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces by Laure Eve

All of the Graces are more interesting than River, our protagonist, and she’s the main reason that I hated this book. Fenrin is the most interesting of them all, though: River is absolutely obsessed with him, so she focuses on him more than his sisters, and some of the magic that River sees in him rubs off on the reader.

8) Kyra from Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Kyra’s death is the catalyst behind Corey’s return to Alaska, so she’s already dead when the book begins. However, she’s one of the most interesting characters that I’ve encountered in YA: not only is she asexual (although I don’t remember if the label is overtly stated) she’s also bipolar. Although nothing really happens in the novel, Kyra sticks in your mind.

7) Elsa Myers from A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

I really disliked A Map of the Dark for many reasons, but I really liked the protagonist and am considering reading the next installment in The Searchers series just to see what happens to Elsa next. A troubled past, a problem with self-harm and a difficult family relationship, Elsa is a three-dimensional character that grabs your interest. Sadly, the obvious plot made this book difficult to enjoy.

6) Finn from She Loves You, She Loves You Not… by Julie Anne Peters

She Loves You, She Loves You Not... by Julie Anne Peters

I hated Alyssa, the protagonist, with a PASSION… But her love interest, Finn, is actually a pretty great character. Particularly because Alyssa outs her and she still likes her enough to forgive her: something that I would find extremely difficult to do.

5) The box from The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

Alright, so I know that the box isn’t technically a character, but I felt it would be wrong not to mention it on this list. The Sacrifice Box is the worst book I’ve read this year so far, but the concept of the box is utterly fascinating and it’s going to be hard to get it out of my mind for many, many months. I just wish the execution of the idea had been better, because this should have become one of my favourite books of all time.

4) Tristan from Ferryman by Claire McFall

Ferryman by Claire McFall

Ferryman was one of the first books I ever reviewed, and I absolutely hated it. Like The Sacrifice Box, it had a brilliant concept and should have become one of my favourite books… But the execution was dreadful, and I found myself moaning and groaning at multiple points while reading it. However, Tristan’s character is interesting, and I still find my mind wandering to him sometimes – he’s the only reason that I’m planning on reading the sequel, Trespassers.

3) Cassidy from The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

I seem to be alone in my hatred for this book. For me, Cassidy was the only redeeming character, and I don’t even think I’d like her that much if I reread the book now because she’s a bit of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

2) Marly from Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

Marly's Ghost by David Levithan

Marly’s Ghost makes me angrier than almost any book ever. It’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol, set near Valentine’s Day. Marly has just died, and all of Ben’s friends want him to just get over it and move on and be happy, and if I hadn’t liked Marly this wouldn’t have made me too angry, but she was a great character and deserved more respect.

1) Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I can’t think of a book which I hate more than The Fault in our Stars. Isaac, Gus and Hazel’s blind friend, is the only redeeming factor: he’s absolutely hilarious and completely self-deprecating, and he’s so much more than his disability. If John Green decided to write a book focused on Isaac, it would probably be the greatest thing I’d ever read.


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There you have it! These ten books are all absolutely terrible, but are worth a try purely for these ten characters.

Have you read any of these books? If so, do you agree with me that they’re awful or do you think I’m being too harsh? Leave your comments and your Top Ten Tuesday links down below!