In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.
This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Male POVs, especially in YA.
It’s undeniable that there is a LOT of YA out there written by female authors and naturally, most of those will have female POVs. Upon completing Robyn Schneider’s THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING during my re-read of WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman, I realized that sometimes that male POV is such a nice and refreshing break from the female perspective. It’s nice to be in a different mindset and see things from a different point of view. I immediately knew I had to make it My Latest Bookish Addiction and share with you my favorite YA reads with male POVs!
These authors nailed it. These are some of the most authentic male voices I’ve read in YA that tell an awesome story. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. Funny thing is… Almost all of these authors are female writing a male POV. They’re totally awesome and I totally connected with these guys. Some I want to be best friend with and others instantly became my book boyfriends. (I’m looking at YOU, Adam Wilde.)
In a sea of female voices, I’ve found these books to be so refreshing! There’s something about a male voice that just allows you to see a story in a totally different light. I feel like a lot of times, the male POV is allowed to have a little more humor (Life After Theft). Sometimes they’re allowed to take things to a darker place than their female counterparts (How to Lead a Life of Crime). And other times we get a story that is more a “male’s scene” and just feels more natural with a male MC (Insignia, Ready Player One).
If you’re looking for a great YA male protagonist, I’d recommend starting with any one of the books pictured above! (Each cover will take you to my review.)
Not sure you’re in the mood for a male MC? You can always ease yourself into with with alternating POVs. This seems to be a really popular trend lately and I feel like it’s something that’s either a love it or a hate it thing for me. I have latched on to quite a few books with alternating male and female main character POVs, though, so here are a few of my favorites!