Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me. Carrie Ann DiRisio. Young adult. 2017. 4 stars.
“Did I do something wrong?” Well. That was a given. He usually did at least fifteen things wrong per book, but only in a swoony, romantic way, where all could be fixed when he took off his shirt.
I received an ARC from Skypony Press in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.
I expected Brooding YA Hero only to dissect every YA character I have ever read about–which it did–but I wasn’t expecting a plot! The story is about Broody McHottiepants writing his own book after being denied a role by the Author.
The writing style of this book is funny, light, and even educational. It includes points and subpoints about certain tropes, characters, and essentially everything you read about as a reader and everything you write about as a writer. It even has some few quizzes you’d find in magazines.
I would suggest reading this book if you’re either a writer aspiring to write a YA book because the tips were really helpful even if everything mentioned here is present in almost every YA novel, or if you’re someone who is well-read in YA novels. You’ll have a laugh all the while realizing Broody was right about every. single. thing.