Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: October 3, 2017 from Skypony Press
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 332 pages
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.
Huge thanks to my friend Hazel from Stay Bookish for lending me her galley of this Fall 2017 title from Skypony Press. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.
To those who’ve seen me every so often on Twitter, you’d know how big a fan I am of Broody on there. I honestly find his tweets to be entertaining albeit every now and then, they feel like they’re being curated by a self-absorbed character. His book is a completely different story, however. In a nutshell, it’s basically like a start-up guide for aspiring authors on how to create, maintain, develop, and tell the story of an amazing main character. Today, I am so excited to share with you all my thoughts on Brooding YA Hero.
One of the main reasons as to why I wanted to read this novel is because I know how humorous Broody can sometimes be, and I expected nothing less from this novel. I love how from start to finish, Broody, being the story’s narrator, was able to maintain an entertaining tone just by being the awesome main character that he already is. I love how even if this book was supposed to be somehow educational, especially for aspiring authors, it was also very delightful to read given that Broody was extra creative and witty in delivering his lessons. I honestly didn’t think I’ll enjoy it as much as I truly did. If only actual school professors were as good and as charming as Broody… *laughs*
On a more serious and technical note, however, I found most, if not all, of Broody’s insights to be pretty accurate and relevant most especially for those who are struggling to come up with main characters for their stories. In a span of 332 pages, Broody is able to educate his readers about all the important stuff that is needed for one to try and be brave enough to write a book. From the different types of characters, to several young adult tropes that stories usually take the molds of, each and every page in this book is filled with bookish information that would allow aspiring authors to feel equipped when faced with their WIPs. Of course, Broody isn’t forcing these insights into your throat. He’s just giving you a guide that could help in coming up with characters and a story that could sell.
And lastly, I wanted to share how impressed I am at how the author (nope, not Broody) was able to separate Broody’s lessons from the actual story itself. I’m not entirely sure if I’m making sense here, but the story wasn’t all lectures and technicalities. Every now and then, Carrie was able to squeeze in quite a few “story-type” scenes that showcased how even Broody and Blondie got the story that they deserved while maintaining a tone that felt formal and classy. As I breezed through the book, I found that I was just as intrigued with Blondie DeMeani just as I was with Broody, sometimes even more. And as I finished reading the story, I found that I ended up rooting for her just as hard as I ever rooted for any other main characters that I loved.
“With all things considered, Brooding YA Hero is a great contemporary novel that tells the story of a main character that just wants to be seen not only for his chiseled abs or his manly perfume, but also for the unique and humorous way that he presents himself and his story to future readers. It’s informative, it’s entertaining, and it has heart. After reading this book, readers will never look at male main characters the same way ever again.”
Have you ever tried writing your own book before? Have you had troubles trying to come up with a main character who’s unique in every way? Consequently, are you planning on reading Brooding YA Hero in the future?
JM is a 21 year old blogger from Manila. He has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Managment mainly because it was too late when he discovered that literature and publishing is his true calling. He enjoys reading contemporary and fantasy novels as much as he enjoys playing video games and baking pastries. You may find him on Twitter, Instagram, and on Goodreads.