Who doesn’t love to hate, just a little? I know I do, especially when the couples or LI is infuriating. I love romance (see TTT: favorite recent couples), but sometimes, it just really isn’t there. There’s something about the story or the behavior of the characters, something about the execution I just can’t abide by. I hate the couple so much because of how they are as independent people or how they are together. Needless to say, this post will be very ranty but that’s (maybe?) why a lot of people read this blog anyway. OK, let’s get to it, in protest of Valentine’s Day for whatever reason you choose, here are my most hated couples in books.

  1. Sydney and Ridge from Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
    I mean Colleen Hoover really accomplished something with this book. She ensured I would never read one of her books ever again: if she thinks this is romance, I shudder to think of what I might read in her other books. EMOTIONAL CHEATING IS NOT ROMANTIC OR CUTE OR SWOON WORTHY. EMOTIONAL CHEATING IS (in only my opinion) WORSE THAN PHYSICAL CHEATING (which is still bad folks, this isn’t an endorsement). Sydney and Ridge had so many opportunities to walk away and say, “hey you know what maybe we can’t control ourselves and Sydney should move out?” She said she had nowhere to go, AND YET she found somewhere to go half way through the book—Ex machina much? And Ridge is just such a fucking coward. Like “Oh I can’t break up with my long-term girlfriend because she’s far away and blah blah blah and I owe her a break up in person blah blah blah” WHATEVER RIDGE NO ONE WANTS YOUR PATHETIC WEAK KNEED EXCUSE. Maybe if someone really really pesters me and swears by the universe one of her books is good I MIGHT try it. But I’ll be very hesitant.
  2. Katniss with Peeta or Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    First, watch this video from Studio C about Katniss. It’s a musical and super catchy and funny:

    After that great laugh, it perfectly transitions into my whole point for why Katniss is on this list. I read The Hunger Games in honor of the 10th anniversary and wow the books are just as good as I remember them. I really liked Gale the first couple of books, but then after Mockingjay, there’s no way I was able to keep shipping them. All in all, I think Peeta understood Katniss a lot better and offered Katniss more love and comfort. And I think Katniss just liked the idea of Gale and the comfort of him than anything else. After reading it for the 10th anniversary (with some fellow book community people), someone proposed the idea of Katniss being on the aromantic spectrum and wow YES. I feel that deeply in my soul and that’s how I picture her now ¯\_()_/¯.
  3. Lottie and Ben AND Fliss and Lorcan from Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
    Look, I know you think I’m being really petty because I’m submitting two names from this book but just trust me OK? I’m not. All four of these characters are so terrible. They’re petty and selfish (though Ben takes the cake in this one) and so self-absorbed. How is this even considered a good book? There’s so much going on that is unexplained or unfinished. I didn’t even finish it but I just KNOW I would have hated whatever half-baked resolution Kinsella would have come up with. Don’t @ me, you won’t change my mind.
  4. Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder
    I don’t remember much about this book except that I didn’t really like the two main characters together. I think maybe the length had a lot to do with how I felt. I don’t think I spent enough time getting to know them. As a result, it felt like they just kind of fell together, but not by chance? Anyway, it just wasn’t my cup of tea, but I didn’t hate it hate it. Just didn’t care for it.
  5. Alina and Mal from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    Alas the person responsible for three beloved ships (in Six of Crows) is also responsible for sailing one of my least favorite ships in all of YA. I fucking hate Alina and Mal together. She deserved so much better than a pretty boy who only wanted and expressed his feelings to her after he found out he couldn’t have her. She deserved someone who would support her and love her no matter what she was going through and someone who wouldn’t let his fragile ego be crushed by something she didn’t even have control over. MAL CAUSED SO MUCH UNDUE STRESS AND DRAMA IN ALINA’S LIFE. The night is short, KEEP WALKING ALINA. And the epilogue in Ruin and Rising made me want to barf. Ew, like why would she live with him forever—I hope we find out they break up in King of Scars or in the sequel.
  6. Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    People are going to hate me for this but seriously HOW WOULD HERMIONE HAVE CHOOSEN RON WHEN KRUM WAS RIGHT THERE??? I disapprove so much. Ron did grow a lot in the 7th book—I’ll give him that. But I’ve been reading through the books (starting with the third) the last couple years on audiobook and WoWwwwW Ron was a total jackass to Hermione. He constantly belittled her and second guessed her; calling her a know-it-all and made fun of her for being GOOD at magic because she put in the work. Fuck you Ron, and that’s all I have to say about that. You only have to read the 3-5th book (so far) for all of this to be proved.

Disagree with me? Who’s your most hated couple? Let me know in the comments below!