Hello! Happy Tuesday, I hope your week is starting off well!
I notice that a lot of YA books have a lot of focus on female characters, I know that sometimes when it’s a romance, it has both, but even then it usually focuses on the female main character. So, I wanted to pick out of a few books that focus on the male characters for the majority of the book.
As I was looking through the books with a male main character, I noticed that more than half of the novels had taken place in a different setting other than a typical school. They had different worlds or plotlines of dystopian or utopian settings, which I found really interesting. Something that didn’t really surprise me though is that more than half of the authors were male, but I feel like that is fairly common. Authors usually (not all the time) write their main characters using their own gender.
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
As most of you know, Harry Potter is based upon his life in a world of wizards. So this is an obvious one, but I thought it would be nice to add it to this list.
Paper Towns by John Green
This book follows Quentin or Q, who is in search of finding his neighbor Margo. He notices that she has left behind clues in order to find where she went. I think this is another book that it’s nice to see a male character, and not only that but Q has male friends, so it’s mostly just a group of guys, which is a nice change as well.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
This book takes place is Jasper or Jazz’s perspective. This isn’t a typical young adult novel. Jazz’s father has been imprisoned for being a serial killer, which allows Jazz to be motivated to help the local Police Department when a new serial killer comes around. I think this book has a nice twist of character and plot, and it has a male protagonist.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I feel like this book is fairly popular but for those who aren’t familiar, this book has a male main character named Wade. He enters a virtual utopia name OASIS and decides to figure out puzzles in order to win. I think this another example of a well written YA novel with a male lead.
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Henry or also Monty sets on a quest called The Grand Tour of Europe where he brings along his friend Percy and sister Felicity. During this trip, Monty’s recklessness brings them trouble along the way. This novel is very fun to read and has LGBT romance within it so I think that it’s something to consider when choosing the next book to read.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Aaron is trying to find happiness after a tragedy happens. He tries to move on with the help of his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his friend Thomas. But there’s something about Thomas that confuses him about himself and for his future. Aaron is determined to fix it by going to the Leteo Institution. I think this is an interesting novel about diverse themes, like mental health or LGBT views.
Holes by Louis Sachar
This story is about Stanley who is said to be under a curse. He is sent to an all-boys detention center where the warden makes them dig holes all day. It’s an interesting story to read about because it takes place essentially in the middle of nowhere but there’s a lot of character development and has a male main character.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
This book tackles a lot of heavy topics because a good majority of where it takes place is in a psychiatric hospital. This is because Craig, the main character is suicidal, and attempts suicide and is placed inside the hospital to seek. I saw this book as a more positive book for mental health because instead of Craig being miserable and wanting to leave, he takes it as he can change. I think it’s also important in having a male main character in these kinds of situations because men have mental illnesses too.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Although this novel is in dual perspective switching between Eleanor and Park, I think it is more for Park to be the main character especially at the end of the book. This is just kind of realistic expectations of unexpected friends and then to this sort of romance. In this high school sort of scenario, I think it’s important to have a male main character because I feel that most high school novels are written in female perspective most of the time and it’s nice to have a boys perspective of things.
The Novice by Taran Matharu
I think this book is fairly similar to Harry Potter, so there isn’t much for me to elaborate on. Fletcher has learned he can summon demons, and enters a Military Academy in order how to control summoning and other skills. I think that Fletcher adds a nice touch because he’s new to the whole summoning thing but if I remember correctly he knows some things about it or is aware of it. So he learns how to control it but not is completely out of the loop.