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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: Brooding YA Hero By Carrie Ann DiRisio

Brooding YA Hero:
Becoming A Main Character
(Almost) As Awesome As Me
By Carrie Ann DiRisio

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.
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My Review:

This book is just my kind of humor. I loved everything about the story and the somewhat of a character arc that was sneakily inserted every now and then. It was a cute read with some stern talking-tos in between.

Broody is so full of himself and it's strangely endearing. He's very up in his head all the time and seems to think that things never change/evolve. I liked how Blondie would derail him in some very important aspects.

Blondie made me rethink every single evil ex-girlfriend character I've ever read about. She made very good points about women's roles in books always (most of the times) being dependent on the hero and his actions. She also mentioned how minorities are underrepresented in main character roles and as authors. It's a good thing the bookish world is evolving, it'll slowly and surely get there.

The ending was cute. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it did leave me feeling accomplished for some reason. I would love for this to be a series of some kind. Maybe the next novel could be about life lessons with Blondie as the "narrator"/main character?

Favorite Quotes:

"All authors are powerful, godlike beings, who are capable of doing horrible things to characters."

"You're always a main character, remember? Ignore anyone, and any story, that doesn't make you feel like one."

"The route clearly symbolizes how there is no straight path through the future."

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2 comments:

  1. I found this one quite amusing. I loved how it poked fun at all the tropes and laughed a lot.

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    1. Yes! Blondie seemed like the only reasonable one in the whole story! :)

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