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Published: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Skypony Press
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

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. (goodreads.com)

This book is adorable. I’m sure Broody would hate to be called adorable but I never read books with him in them anyway so I don’t care what he thinks. I really don’t, though. Read a lot of YA books with this kind of stereotypical character in them. Luckily those types of books don’t really pique my interest anyway (plots are usually way too romance-centric and I find a lot of that kind of YA romance pretty insufferable for all of these Broody-type reasons) so I don’t have too much experience with them, but just enough that I can appreciate the satire.

I love how he exists in this ever-morphing main character village just waiting to get plucked up by an author to be used in yet another cookie-cutter book. Blondi was the best part of the book, if I’m honest. Always the voice of reason cloaked in a sarcastic tone and totally discredited because she likes to wear lipstick (how very CS Lewis).

Believe it or not there are some excellent writing tips in here. Basically do the opposite. All the opposite. I was writing a short piece of erotica at the same time as I was reading this and I had my characters have matching heartbeats. And then I get browbeaten with that term in BROODING YA HERO and I just couldn’t live with it. I had to change it. Because it really is so incredibly stupid.

I laughed a lot reading BROODING YA HERO. It’s very heavy with satire and it is a lot to take in. I was bordering on it having been just a bit too much but I ultimately got through it just fine. I can’t wait to get myself a finished copy so I can see all the artwork that will be included.

So if you like satire and you can laugh at all the ridiculous tropes and cliches that run rampant in YA, you’ll love BROODING YA HERO. Not sure whether it’ll make you want to become a main character or not. At least not one in one of Broody’s stories. How droll and unnecessarily dramatic. 🙂

4.5

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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