Top Ten Jerks In Literature ( all those jerky guys in books..those who truly WERE asshats and those who just acted like one but could be quite loveable)
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1. Daniel Cleaver of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary – British singleton Bridget falls for her charming and handsome boss Daniel Cleaver. They get together but Daniel cheats on her. What a cad!
2. Jason Talbot of Sarah Dessen’s The Truth about Forever and Along for the Ride – This guy is so annoying! In his first appearance in Dessen’s world of “Lakeview,” he is Macy’s brainiac boyfriend. When Macy tells him that she loves him, Jason dumps her as she’s “clingy” and it “distracted it from his goals.” Then, he stood up Auden at the prom in Along for the Ride.
3. Charlie Grey of Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things – Throughout the book and probably through the rest of the series, I wanted to tell Astrid to dump this guy. He’s mean to his long-lost sister and his girlfriend – Astrid. Then, Charlie gets sloppy and fools around with someone he doesn’t even “like.”
4. Chapter Eleven of Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex – He’s the older brother of Callie/Cal. Since he bankrupts the family business, he is simply called Chapter Eleven.
5. Moushumi Mazoomdar of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake – Admittedly, Moushumi and Nikhil eventually marry because of their Benghali families. Still and all, Moushumi’s attentions stray from little more than boredom.
6. Caroline Lambert of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections – Not that Caroline’s husband, Gary, is any prize himself. However, Caroline has Gary so henpecked that she gives daughters-in law a bad rap. Since she doesn’t want to go to her in-laws’ place for the holidays, Caroline sways her kids to want to stay home, too. Then, she withholds other things as well.
7. The Other Colin/T.O.C. of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines – Another jerk who fools around on his girlfriend, the spectacular Lindsey Lee Wells.
8. Bob Ewell of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – Need I say more?
9. Mrs Robinson of Charles Webb’s The Graduate – the cunning and demanding wife who seduces Benjamin Braddock not only cheats on her husband with the son of her husband’s business partner, she deigns to say Benjamin’s not good enough for her wholesome daughter, Elaine. When Benjamin and Elaine try to see each other, she falsely accuses Benjamin of heinous crime.
10. Ellsworth Toohey of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead – Manipulative, insidious, toxic . . . these are the first words that I use to describe Ellsworth Toohey. Also, he aims to bring down those pure of heart and spirit.