Brooding YA Hero: Becoming A Main Character (Almost) As Awesome As Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio
Publication Date: October 17th 2017 by Sky Pony Press
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
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.
This book is straight up funny. It’s one of the few non-fiction books targeted to YA audience that I’ve read and I’d say this was a total gem. I’ve been a follower of @broodingYAhero on Twitter and I’m always entertained with the way he throws shade to cliche YA tropes. In this one, he throws a bucket more to tropes that either we love to hate, or really… our guilty pleasure.
It’s quite satisfying to see the author sort of call out some outdated or overrated tropes or dismissive cliches in YA literature. There’s all around humor surrounding the book, but it didn’t fail to address the issues we have in the writing community across genres and that’s what I really liked about this book.
Also, the banter between Broody and Blondie was amusing as hell. Overall, this was such a helpful book and a truly enjoyable one. Make sure you get all the biscuits you can because TEA WILL BE SERVED.