Baby, it’s cold outside, but my feelings toward the OTPs below may be a little colder. I love happy endings, so it makes me happy when I find a great relationship between characters in a book. However, there are some relationships that are either so problematic, unnecessary, or confusing that it drags the book down for me. Here are five of my least favorite relationships from books this year:
- Eliza and Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francescia Zappia
I actually didn’t mind Wallace at the beginning of this book. Compared to other love interests I typically see in young adult books, Wallace was definitely more reserved and the trauma he experienced in the past actually affected his actions in this book. However, I really didn’t like Wallace at the end of this book. I found his actions contradictory and hypocritical. Even worse, I felt like this was never acknowledged in this book and Eliza never received the apology that she greatly deserved. As a result, I really didn’t like Wallace as a character and couldn’t root for his relationship with Eliza. For my full thoughts on this book, see my review here.
- Eadlyn and the Selection winner from The Crown by Kiera Cass
The reaction I had towards Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the same reaction I had towards this book. I actually really enjoyed The Heir despite its pretty negative reviews and liked the potential love interests introduced in it. However, Eadlyn’s selection for me came totally out of the left field. I felt like I couldn’t root for the relationship because it didn’t have time to develop. I understand the message the author wanted to make, but it caused a really disappointing ending to the Selection series for me. To see my full thoughts on this book, see my review here.
- Emma and Jack from Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Before I read this book, I heard that some people regarded this as their favorite Sophie Kinsella book for its laugh-out-loud humor and romance. However, I found myself greatly disappointed with the couple in this book. In typical Sophie Kinsella fashion, the male love interest is a rich businessman with some secrets. While I don’t usually have a problem with her male love interests, I found Jack a little too secretive and unpleasant. One of the main reasons I can’t ship this couple is one of Jack’s actions towards the end of the novel. Jack completely betrays Emma’s trust, but this is kind of brushed off and then a lot of unnecessary drama ensues. I think a lot of excuses are made for Jack in this book. Since I couldn’t root for one half of this couple, I can’t support this pairing as a whole.
- Jackie and Cole from My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
Out of all the couples of this list, Jackie and Cole’s relationship is definitely one of the most problematic. Like in most love triangles, there is always the angsty, drama-filled choice. However, this character usually has other redeemable qualities to make them likable. Unfortunately, Cole has no likable qualities. For the entire book, Cole acts like a complete jerk to Jackie and I have no idea why she would like him besides his appearance. Cole puts Jackie in many uncomfortable situations, like stealing her clothes from the bathroom which would force her to run through the house naked or getting her completely wasted to kiss her in a game of truth or dare. There was nothing healthy about this relationship which is why it was one of my least favorite of the year.
- Lee and Jefferson from Walk on Earth a Stranger
There was a lot I didn’t like about Walk on Earth a Stranger, but one of my least favorite parts would have to be the “relationship” between Lee and Jefferson. At the beginning of the book, Jefferson literally gives her the worst proposal on the planet followed by, “or we could pretend to be brother and sister.” Once they are reunited on the trail, I was happy that Jefferson showed interest in another girl, but (SPOILER ALERT) of course that had to be squashed (END SPOILER ALERT). To me, Lee and Jefferson were both bland characters and pushing a romantic relationship between them felt forced. They definitely came across as having a more sibling relationship to me, so much like the other parts of the book, the push for a romantic relationship fell flat for me as well.