Published by Skypony Press on October 17th 2017
Genres: Humor, Young Adult
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?Amazon •
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.
“Find a manly hobby that will come in handy exactly once in the plot. Examples include : lock-picking, automotive repair, and baking the perfect pie crust.”
Everyone who reads young adult romance on a regular basis knows how sometimes the main characters can be interchangeable from story to story. Broody is the rich, egotistical, bit-of-a-jerk verity of our favorite main male leads.
Don’t get me wrong. I laughed though some of this. We all know there are stereotypes built upon stereotypes within the young adult genre, but the book became so repetitive I could only roll my eyes and the jokes became corny instead of satire.
The author also tried to bundle up all male leads into one bunch, creating Broody who ‘plays’ them all. While it’s fair to say many male leads share characteristics, it isn’t fair to say that only one character exists in young adult books. The male lead in The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is not the same male lead in Illusionarium.
Keeping Broody’s book shorter (150-200 pages?) to keep it from repeating so much and adding sequels with other character tropes would have made my day, and would have made this book (series) so much more interesting.
The book also has “Narrative Interludes” that tries to turn the how-to book into a story. It doesn’t quit work out so well. Instead you hop from one form of reading to a completely different form, and it fried my brain jumping around so much. You not only have Boody’s how-to, but you also have all his lists, his quizzes, Blondie’s sneaky inputs, then switching to a narrated story line. Too. Much.