Top Ten Tuesday – Characters You Couldn’t Connect With

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish concerns characters that you just couldn’t connect with. When I can’t connect with a character, it makes the whole book an intolerable experience. When there is not even an ounce of connection or the possibility of sympathizing, I can’t bring myself to enjoy the book the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed. Here are a few characters that just didn’t quite make it for me, resulting in a not-so-positive reading experience.



I couldn’t bring myself to sympathize with Clare. I wasn’t fond of her character or personality, so I found it hard to care about her at all. Although so many people love this novel, I can’t say that I am one of them.



Zoe in this novel definitely did not strum any of my heart strings. I was excited to read this short little book, thinking the plot sounded interesting, but, ultimately, the characters, including the main protagonist, fell flat.



Mia was yet another character that I couldn’t connect with. I found her one-dimensional and unable to invoke any strong feelings in me. I thought this book was mediocre at best and don’t have much of a desire to read anything else by this author, let alone even finish the series.



As much as I wanted to like this book – An in depth story about Ophelia? Heck yes! – I found this story to be really flat and only 1-star worthy. I did not like Ophelia’s character, could not relate to her, and found her story to be far-fetched and not worth the read.



Another one that I was really looking forward to reading, but I just couldn’t get into. Griet is shallow (not in the mean sense, but in character depth), and she never fully develops for me. I can’t bring myself to care about her choices and found myself skimming just to finish.


maze runner

I know, I know, unpopular opinion here, but I just couldn’t get into this book at all. I didn’t like Dashner’s writing and, therefore, did not like Thomas’ character. I have zero desire to push through the rest of this series.



 Yet another book I couldn’t connect to the main character. This is a book I had to read for a YA Lit class I took in college, but Liz did not shine through like many of the other protagonists we read. I definitely skimmed this book just because I had to actually finish it for class.



This is a book that I felt so detached from the main character, Alice, that I couldn’t even get past page 50. I gave up on this book, disliking the writing and the characters. I had such high hopes because this combined two of my absolute favorite things. But, I was just let down from the very beginning. What a shame.


save me

Cara was one of the most unsympathetic characters I’ve come across in a long time. I received a free copy of this book for review and I’m sure all I, the publishers, and the writer wished I didn’t. Cara is spoiled, oblivious, and obviously unaware of how things actually work. And I just need to stop there, because I could rant about this book for days.


mrs. blake

Another story that I thought would be very charming, but turned out to be a dud. Cora was a bland, boring character, making it impossible for me to sympathize with her. I ended up having to give up this story, unable to persevere to find out what eventually happens to Cora.

I always hate talking about books I didn’t like; it’s never much fun. This was kind of a downer Tuesday, but I will be back tomorrow with a review! But, that might also be kind of a downer, depending on what I choose to review. I’m skipping out on a tag this week, since I’m traveling and don’t have access to my bookshelf to take pictures. But, I will be back with a new tag next week!

Hope you’re having a fan-tabulous Tuesday.

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