Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Unlikable Characters You Can’t Help but Love

Posted November 1, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 49 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

Today’s Top 10: Top Ten Unlikable Characters You Can’t Help but Love

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1. Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle. The main character, Bettie Hughes starts out the story by squatting in a dead woman’s apartment. She’s also selfish and self-absorbed but definitely redeems herself by the end of the book.

2. Before I Do by Sophie Cousens. Audrey actually stands up her fiance at the altar. Her uncertainty made her unlikeable in my eyes.

3. Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty. The main character Mallory Viridian is constantly surrounded by murder. Who wants to be around a person who is constantly near murder victims?

4. The Three Loves of Sebastian Cooper by Zoë Folbigg. Sebastian Cooper is a serial cheater, but for some reason, everyone still loves him and I could see why he was so likable by the end.

5. The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews. Main character Captain Jasper Blunt has a reputation for beating the men under his command while he was in the Army, how can anyone so cruel ever be likable?

6. Marlow Banks, Redesigned by Jacqueline Firkins. The main character Angus Gordon is the show’s bad boy with a reputation for having a new woman every week.

7. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Carrie Soto is know as “the Battle-Axe” but after a while she redeems herself.

8. Addicted To You by Krista and Becca Ritchie. One main character is an alcoholic and the other one is a sex addict, but over time I grew to love them both.

9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. Ove is just a grumpy old man, but thanks to his new neighbors, Ove became almost loveable.

10. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover. The main character, Kenna Rowan is fresh out of prison for manslaughter. But, of course, there is more to the story.

Do you know of any unlikable characters you can’t help but love? Comment below!

49 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Unlikable Characters You Can’t Help but Love

  1. I’ve only read Ove but completely agree. I have The Belle of Belgrave Square sitting on my TBR and I really can’t wait to read it!

  2. Great list! I’ve only read Carrie Soto and Reminders of Him, but several others are on my tbr. I especially want to read Addicted to You after seeing it get so much attention lately. 🙂

  3. Some reputed bad characters can be a surprise like in the Mimi Matthews, but I do love it when an author makes me like their ‘unlikable’ characters.

  4. I LOVE Ove. He is one of my favorite characters. Backman’s books are amazing.

    I love the cover on The Belle of Belgrave Square. It is gorgeous.

  5. Loved Major Blunt! Yes, can’t help but root for the self-destructive couple in the Addicted series. I really want to read A Man Called Ove especially now that Tom Hanks is portraying him!

  6. I haven’t read any of these, but I did finish a book recently that had an unlikeable character. By the end, he’d worn me down and even had some moments where you just knew there was a better person underneath – somewhere, lol.

  7. Great list, Wendy. I see we both include Ove. I loved Kenna and was glad we finally got the story about what happened so I didn’t feel bad about liking her.

  8. I’m reading Maureen (Harold Fry) and she’s unlikable! Also..I didn’t stick around to feel the Carrie Soto love! DNF