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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is: Top Ten (Eight) Book Turn-Offs (You know..you are reading and then SOMETHING happens to completely turn you off — cheating, absent parents, multiple POVS etc.)
I’ve posted two Bookish Pet Peeves posts in the past (say that 5 times fast) so I’m borrowing from them a bit. If you want to check those posts out, here they are: Bookish Pet Peeves 1 and Bookish Pet Peeves 2.
You know this MC. We all do. There’s no way he could like me. I’m not as pretty as her. I’m fat. I’m ugly etc. etc. I hate it! HATE it! Nothing makes me roll my eyes faster. Sure, lots of girls feel insecure but sometimes I think this is overdone in YA. How about some girls with confidence? I’d like to see that.
The bad boy. The hot guy that’s a complete jerk but the girl falls for him anyway. There’s always some reason why he’s a jerk, but I usually don’t care what it is by the time it’s revealed.
Obnoxious, meddlesome best friends. I don’t like them.
YA girls that are damaged and have built impenetrable walls. I’m fine with this sometimes, like if the girl shows a tiny bit of softness. When it takes 485 pages of a 500 page book for her to soften up I lose interest.
I read a book back in the Spring that had #4 and this one all rolled into one. I can understand nerves and butterflies in your stomach. I’m reading Fangirl right now and Rainbow Rowell does an excellent job of capturing those feels without making the MC turn into a dumb puddle on the floor.
This is one that I don’t encounter as often with YA but it happens often in adult books (and in movies). You know the characters wake up and have a passionate kiss? EWWWW! Morning breathe! Ugh. *shudder* This is something I have never been able to ignore. I can never think ‘Aww they love each other…’ all I can think is EWWW brush your teeth! Pop some mints!
Sigh…this one drives me crazy! I like to eat. I really, really do. Unless something completely gross happens while I’m eating or I’m sick, I don’t lose my appetite. So, it kills me when MC’s are starving and someone says something mean to them and they lose their appetite. If I’m hungry, I’m going to eat! If you’re mean to me I’ll just go eat somewhere else. It just doesn’t seem logical to me.