Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Characters I'd NEVER Want To Trade Places With

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

1. Jem from Numbers by Rachel Ward

The moment I saw this week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday, one character sprang to mind: Rachel Ward's heroine Jem, who can see the death-dates of other people wherever she goes. 

2. Sloane from The Program by Suzanne Young

This was one of the toughest books I've ever had to read. Sloane's world is so full of hopelessness and despair - and the fact that it all feels so real makes it all the more difficult to contemplate.

3. Allyson from Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I really liked this book, but spending a year of your life pining for a guy you met once and may never meet again? Not my style.

4. Helen from Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Helen may have incredible goddess powers, but she spends most of this series fighting the urge to kill the guy she loves, so I don't really think she's the ideal character to swap places with!

5. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

We all want to be Katniss Everdeen. She's strong, she's brave - she's the ultimate dystopian heroine. But that doesn't mean I want to take her place in the arena any time soon!

6. Eva and Addie from What's Left ofMe by Kat Zhang

This is a fantastically well-written book, but I don't think anyone would want to trade places with Eva and Addie - they're twin souls, trapped in the same body, hiding from the government and sometimes, even hiding from themselves.

7. America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

I never really fell in love with this book the way others did. The prospect of waiting around for a prince to decide whether he wants to marry you or not doesn't make sense to the independent woman in me, so if I was offered a place in The Selection, I'd probably pass.

8. Miranda from Life As We Knew Itby Susan Beth Pfeffer

When it comes to books that haunt you long after you've finished them, Life As We Knew It is the worst offender on my list. I love it because it was scarily good and totally gripping, but I hate it at the same time because of how believable it all was, and I could never see myself swapping places with Miranda and handling the situation in the way she does.

9. Jenna from ACID by Emma Pass

Another dystopian to add to the list - and I think anyone who's read this book will agree when I say the harsh, bloody totalitarian state Jenna lives in isn't one I'd choose to live in myself.

10. Zoe from Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

If you've read my review of this book (see it here), you'll know I thought it was fantastic - but I could never swap places with main character Zoe.


  1. I put The Hunger Games on my list too, but I do agree that Allyson's year in Just One Day does not sound appealing. :-)
    My TTT

    1. I know, right? Glad to see I'm not the only one who wouldn't want to swap places with Allyson!

  2. I completely forgot about The Program for my list! I definitely don't want to live there!! I've seen Life As We Knew It on a couple lists, I'll have to check that one out!

    jaime @ Fic Fare
    Top Ten Tuesday

    1. You should definitely read Life As We Know It - though the world it's set in is almost as unappealing as The Program!

  3. I've never heard of Numbers by Rachel Ward, but I completely agree with you that I would not want to see the death date of everyone I met! How much stress and pressure and responsibility! Yuck. Do not want!

    1. Numbers is a big title in the UK - it's a great book with a fantastic concept, but it is a tough read.

  4. Right there with you on America Singer. She is one of my least favorite characters of all time.

    1. Nice to see I have an ally on this one. I hope to review The Selection here soon - there were positives to it even if I didn't like America much - so watch out for that!

  5. Pining for a guy I met just once? Sounds a bit too depressing.

  6. Ahhh, I would hate to be in Jenna's place! I wouldn't survive in the UK if it was ruled like it is in the book.

  7. Numbers sound like shinigami (soul reaper) in Death Note. How come I haven't heard of this before? *makes mental note to add Numbers in TBR pile*. I pick The Hunger Games too! No one would want to live there.

  8. haha love that you mentioned the Selection like Christina. Completely agree...it'd be such a contrast to trade places with America than to with Katniss. Two extremes, to be sure!

  9. I would never want to trade places with Jem! Having read the entire series, I was blown away by those books. Loved them. Although a bit too much swearing in it for me :P I also wouldn't like to take Katniss's place... she just loses so many people she loves.

    Check out my informal review on the Kite Runner? http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/02/kite-runner-by-khaled-hosseini-2014.html


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