Ten Characters I Didn’t Click With

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Ten Characters I Didn’t Click With. The characters I have mentioned have been in books I’ve enjoyed, I’ve just not clicked with the characters as much as I wanted to!

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Bella Swan- Twilight

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I feel like this is going to be a popular choice this week. It may be a predictable choice, but I just can’t help it. Bella Swan is just such an annoying character!

Holden Caulfield- The Catcher In The Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

I do love The Catcher In The Rye but I think Holden Caulfield is a character you either like or dislike and for me… it’s definitely on the dislike side! I found the insights interesting, but he just wound me up!

Alex, Mollie, Veronica- Those Girls

Those Girls

This book is an exception to the whole liking the book but not the characters statement I made earlier. I thought the writing was engaging in this book, but I just could NOT connect with the characters. I disliked them so much and wished they would have had some character development.

Bev- The Disenchantments

The Disenchantments

I liked The Disenchantments but I could not connect with Colby’s love interest Bev. I really didn’t see what he saw in her. She had no redeeming qualities in my eyes!

Ashleigh- Thousand Words

Thousand Words

I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. I enjoyed this book and although I liked the main character, Ashleigh, I didn’t click with her as much as I wanted to!

Gigi- Smart Girls Get What They Want

Smart Girls Get What They Want

This book was a good light read but I found Gigi, the main character to be totally unlikeable!

Bishop- Hexed

Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1)

Bishop, the love interest in this book, completely annoyed me. I think I was supposed to find him sexy and mysterious but he just made me cringe!

Sam- Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood (Red Eye)

Flesh and Blood was a decent read, but I thought Sam, the main character, came across as a little immature!

Ryan- Tape

Tape

Tape was an interesting book. It was quite slow paced and I felt like I didn’t gel with the main character, Ryan.

Alice- Side Effects May Vary

Side Effects May VaryThis book really divided me. I thought it was good, but at the same time I really didn’t like the main character, Alice. She has so much going on and it’s terrible that she’s suffering with cancer, but unfortunately because of her behaviour I found myself disconnecting with her and disliking her!

What characters have you not clicked with? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

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Bookish Bingo Wrap Up

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I participated in Bookish Bingo  which was hosted by the lovely ladies over at Great Imaginations. I managed to read a book for EACH of the squares. I’m very proud of the reading I managed in the months of April, May and June. I’m totally getting involved in the summer edition of Bookish Bingo. I found it was a great way to get some of those pesky books off my TBR shelf, and I discovered some new books along the way.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Chains

  2. Flyaway

  3. The Wrong Boy

  4. Shadow and Bone

  5. Wedding Night

  6. A Million Little Pieces

  7. Dandelion Clocks

  8. Fruit Of The Lemon

  9. The Anti-Prom

  10. Breadcrumbs

  11. The Great Gatsby

  12. Birthmarked

  13. Dear Killer

  14. The Fat Girl

  15. Wanderlove

  16. Side Effects May Vary

  17. Where’d you go Bernadette?

  18. Smart Girls Get What They Want

  19. By Any Other Name

  20. Die For Me

  21. Tape

  22. Golden

  23. Just Like Fate

  24. Warm Bodies

Here is the board for the next Bookish Bingo game. Will you be playing along?

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Smart Girls Get What They Want

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How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Synopsis:

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . .

Thoughts:

This is going to be a hard book for me to review, because whilst I did enjoy it, I felt like I had too high expectations for it. Smart Girls Get What They Want is a quick and easy to read book, but I wanted more from it. I always try to give a book a fair chance and I hope this review comes across as fair. I didn’t hate Smart Girls Get What They Want, but I found it hard to connect to the characters and care for them.

I thought Smart Girls Get What They Want was going to be exactly what the title says… smart girls achieving their goals and desires. However, I thought that the smart girls really weren’t smart girls at all. I thought they were all incredibly judgmental. I thought Gigi wasn’t likeable at all and the other two girls didn’t feature enough in the story for me to form an opinion of them.

Instead of the smart girls using their intelligence for good, I felt like the characters truly believed that smart girls were invisible. This totally isn’t the case in real life, but the characters seemed to be more interested in popularity than having real, true, close friendships with people that actually cared about them. I hated feeling like intelligent girls didn’t have as much worth as popular girls. It just sat very uncomfortably with me.

I’m happy to say that Gigi does develop as a character and become less judgmental, which is why I continued to read this story. So, I may not have loved this book as much as I wanted to, but it’s still enjoyable enough if you’re looking for a lighter, fun read.

Would I recommend it?
It’s not for me!- 2.5 stars- I did enjoy the book and it had good elements in it. I was really looking forward to reading the story, but I didn’t think much of the message that came with it. I’m pretty sure others would enjoy it, If you’re looking for a book with a lot of depth, then this isn’t the book for you! If you like enjoyable fluff (nothing wrong with that, I just didn’t connect with it!) then definitely check this out!

Stacking The Shelves #60

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Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

NetGalley:

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The Geography Of You And MeJennifer E.Smith- I was surprised to be approved for this book! But a happy surprise. Looking forward to reading it! I’m excited to read The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. The cover is beautiful and I’ve heard great things!

Bought:

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These two Point Horror books are the start of a new feature with Beth. We’re still thinking about how to present the feature, but it’ll be so nostalgic for us to revisit these books.

Gift:

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I received my present from the Valentine’s Ninja Book Swap, an idea similar to Secret Santa. I’m so grateful for these presents. Carey was my Valentine’s Ninja! Carey said she bought Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, as she had seen on my blog that it was one of my favourite books. I’m so happy to have a hard copy. I also got Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Another book that has been on my radar for quite some time now!

Won:

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I was happy to win Danielle’s blogoversary giveaway. I won an Amazon gift certificate. I immediately knew what I wanted! I’ve been wanting to read Thirteen by Tom Hoyle for a while now. It just looks so intriguing. I’ve seen Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer for a while now too, so I thought I’d give that a try! Thanks Danielle!