Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me


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Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Marleene More than 1 year ago
I got this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Before coming in contact with this book, I had seen a few tweets from the popular Brooding YA Hero account, but I wasn’t actively following it. I did, however have a pretty clear idea of what this book would be and the style it would be written in since I “knew” Broody from before. This book is written from the POV of Broody, who is basically the male main character of every young adult book out there.  Unfortunately for Broody, authors are currently not picking him to be the main character in their story, so he decides to write his own book instead. I mean why not? He’s the hottest, most talented genius out there. The book is written with humor and sass, and it deals with important topics and it puts the light on common things that YA fiction portrays these days. In short this is a book that will inform you of everything that you shouldn’t do when writing a YA book, and it does it in a fun way that not only makes you remember it, but also not feel lectured. The main problem with this whole book though is at the same time the humorous writing style. It’s gets hard to read a whole book from Broody’s POV, especially the beginning was nearly impossible for me to get in to. It’s like reading page after page of funny tweets. I think this might be a book that you read in sections over a long period of time, not something you read in one sitting. But if you’re a writer or a fan of YA, don’t hesitate to pick this up, you’re in for a fun read.
TheKnightsWhoSayBook More than 1 year ago
I definitely liked the narrative interlude parts more than the how-to parts, but the entire book is a must-read for fans of YA books. It addresses common YA tropes with both humor and seriousness when it's called for, and it's especially funny when it seems aimed at specific books you've read. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I opened my mailbox and saw this book, I let out a breath I didn't know I was holding. I gazed into Broody's deep, soulful eyes, catching a fleeting glimpse of the true feelings behind his swoon-worthy smirk. If he had a heartbeat, I knew it would be beating in time with mine. Broody, and only Broody, could teach me how to be a main character... But seriously: I really enjoyed this book. It was funny while also providing legitimate writing advice, and while I felt some of the "serious" parts were a little cheesy/eye-rolly, I do appreciate the author using her platform to encourage the creation of more diverse stories. The illustrations are fabulous, too -- I wish there were more of them! I especially loved the map of the Fandom. My main (only?) complaint was that the "plot" felt a little disjointed, but I think that was an acceptable sacrifice to turn this into a really great writing-manual-slash-inspirational-speech.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very fortunate to get an ARC of Broody's new book, and oh my gosh, guys. This book. It's one of my favorite debuts of this year. The premise is deceptively simple: Twitter's very own brooding book boyfriend is going to teach us how to become a Main Character. But there are so many layers. It's one part self-help book, two parts social commentary, with a dash of writer's guide and lots of sass. Oh yeah, and a really delicious cookie recipe. Perhaps most impressively, it pulls off a consistent humor, all while moving between three different narrative voices that build and comment on each other. And when I say it has humor, I mean I laughed. A lot. Many were the snorts and giggles of amusement, loud enough to offend my cat. Plus, Linnea Gear's art brings Broody and co. so perfectly to life.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
BROODING YA HERO: BECOMING A MAIN CHARACTER (ALMOST) AS AWESOME AS ME reads like part satirical writing guide and part YA narrative. The combination of the two elements is funny, entertaining, and an absolute delight to read. This book is the perfect read for writers and book bloggers. Broody brilliantly points out some major tropes and plot devices in YA fiction, and while the tone is light and satirical, it also sheds some light on the things that are done frequently in YA fiction, the things that are done really well, and the things that need to be done better. I really enjoyed the narrative of Broody and his Evil Ex-girlfriend. In fact, I found the two of them so entertaining, my one criticism of this book would be that I would have loved more of them! Beneath the humor and the wonderfully silly storyline, Carrie Ann DiRisio has included some really important social commentary that everyone, not just those of us in the book community, need to be more aware of. To add an extra layer of fun to this book, there are quizzes, diagrams, and illustrations that readers are sure to enjoy. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read and review this book. It definitely gave me some critical insight into the books that I'm reading every day and I can't wait to see more from author Carrie Ann DiRisio! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
This book has been getting some excellent buzz on Twitter – so much so that even I was aware of it! I’ve even been following @broodingYAhero for a while now, which is very entertaining and filled with tongue-in-cheek pearls of wisdom about the YA genre. Funnily enough, YA isn’t normally by bag but there’s always the odd one that catches my eye (not only because YA titles seem to get the prettiest covers) and this one looked too funny to pass up. It’s very unconventional: a YA book about YA books and tropes. The book was written from the perspective of Broody McHottiepants, the embodiment of the YA hero cliche. He’s gloriously oblivious to how much of an ass he is and why he’s becoming outdated as the YA genre evolves and we move further and further away from the likes of Twilight, he gives us a narcissistic rundown on the different kinds of YA characters and how to be the very best main character you can be. The quirky style and repetition of how hair-flipping amazing amazing he is started to get on my nerves after a bit, but I know that 16 year old me would have loved something like this. The most surprising bit about this book for me was how informative it was – it wasn’t solely dedicated to Broody McHottiepants but included some fun (silly) quizzes and tons of information about common character tropes and writing styles, as well as the fans and critics of YA. I would actually recommend this to younger readers who want to learn more about what they’re getting themselves into… This book is very timely; now that YA is really growing in mainstream popularity, some people are quick to criticise and question the literary value of these books – Broody McHottiepants is quite rightly quick to point out that every book that people enjoy has value. A must read for all YA fans, this book is more than worthy of a spot on your bookshelf!