One of my guilty pleasures is reading about messy characters—and boy, do I have a list below! These five women make questionable and controversial decisions, yes, but they’re also navigating a strange world that doesn’t always welcome them with open arms. On their quests for meaningful lives, they stumble and stagger. But that’s the beauty of this human experience: we’re lurching forward in life and learning as we go, so mistakes are inevitable. At least, that’s what I’ve found with the fascinating characters in this list.
I encourage you to get to know these women. You’re probably not crushing on someone you shouldn’t like Feyi or seeking healing with a few oddballs in New Mexico like Mona. Even if you are, I’m not judging! But you might learn something from these characters: that grief is ever evolving, that healing is not so wholesome. So get comfy with these at times uncomfortable protagonists. They’re perfectly imperfect—just like us.