If you don’t like a main character in a book – can you still enjoy the book? Sometimes I can – and other times, I can’t divorce my feelings from my enjoyment of the story. Below are 4 books where the main character irritated the hell out of me.
Lauren Olamina in Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler. As much as I loved this book, I have to admit that Lauren acted like a know-it-all. At 15, she thought she had all the answers – AND even came up with her own religion! Damn girl!!!
Min Green in Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler. I feel for anyone – man, woman or teenager – that goes through a break-up. But I went from sympathy to annoyance real quick while reading this book. Min is way too snarky, borderline obnoxious and obsessive over a 3 month relationship.
Megan Chase in The Iron King, Julie Kagawa. I liked Megan because she accepted a lot of weird stuff, suspending her disbelief and taking action when needed. She found out that fairies are real, some of them kidnapped her brother AND her real dad is the fairy King. That would be enough to send me to a sanitarium, but she handled it all like a champ. So I’ll give her that. BUT she relied on someone else to run to her rescue every time she was in a tight spot, which caused me to roll my eyes a million times! I hope she matured in the other books in this series, but I don’t think I can read on.
Mackie Doyle in The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff. Mackie – oh my gosh, what an annoying dude! I really did feel for him when he found out his history of being a “replacement”, but all the “woe is me” attitude was just too much. A lot of people in this book had bad stuff happening to them, and although he wanted to help, he was a bit too self-involved and clueless. And one depressing hombre.
Briony in Chime, Franny Billingsley. Sheesh, this girl was really down on herself because she thought she was responsible for so many bad things that happened to her family. So I really felt for her. But after a while, I was just annoyed by how sure about things she was – in a way that teenagers think they know every damned thing when in fact they know nothing.
What are some of the young adult characters that you have a love-hate relationship with?