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 activitiesyou 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.
|Publisher:||Sky Pony Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Carrie DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and is the social media intern for Serial Box Publishing. Her speaking engagements include talks at the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh, Western PA SCBWI workshops, and the upcoming YALSA national symposium. She proudly considers herself a Slytherin and aspiring Disney villainess, who also loves the color pink and making people laugh with funny GIFs. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is currently pursuing her MBA in Digital Marketing.
Broody McHottiepants is a master of all trades (Of course. Why would he be anything less than that?) His current hobbies include making bad life choices, shedding manly tears, rescuing clumsy protagonists, and, of course, gazing into everyone's eyes. This is his first book, although he'd like to remind you he's starred in many novels and movies, including your favorite one. He'd also like to remind you to let out that breath you didn't know you were holding. When he's not saving the world from a bleak dystopia, getting crowned Prom King, or falling in a love triangle, he can be found sulking in a corner.
Linnea Gear was born and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona, a small town known for its Wild West feel. She has been drawing professionally since 2013. Linnea currently lives in Flagstaff, AZ, earning a BS in Chemistry and currently splits her time between drawing concept art and drawing chemical equations.
Table of Contents
A Brief History of the Life of Me, Broody McHottiepants, More Commonly Known as Brooding YA Hero 1
Narrative Interlude: Evil Appears! 23
The Interlude Continues: Go to Sleep, Plot is Coming! 29
1 Becoming a Main Character 31
Narrative Interlude: While Our Brave Hero Contemplates His Abs, Evil Lurks 47
A Note from Someone Who is Not a Main Character 49
2 Broody Explains It All 55
A Note from Someone Who Is Not Broody 89
Narrative Interlude: While Our Wise Hero Wanders, Evil Ponders 109
3 How Will You Achieve Main Character Status? 117
Narrative Interlude: While Our Handsome Hero Befriends, Evil Behaves 155
4 Finding True Love 163
A Note from Someone Who Isn't in Love 183
5 Even More about Love 185
Narrative Interlude: While Our Heroic Hero Cowers, Evil Laughs 203
6 What If Someone Stops You from Achieving Your Destiny? 215
Narrative Interlude: While Our Dazzling Hero Dreams, Evil Takes a Well-Deserved Break 247
7 Putting All the Parts Together 259
Narrative Interlude: While Our Brilliant Hero Broods, Evil Takes the Stage 283
8 You're a Main Character … Now What? 289
The End 322
Is It Still an Interlude If There's Nothing After? 323
What People are Saying About This
"Whether brooding snarkily, brooding soulfully, or brooding with a side of melodramatic backstory, Brooding YA Hero embodies everything I love—and love to hate—about the bad boys of young adult literature."
--Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
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!