Friday, February 11, 2011

Where the boys are

Here's how it goes: Someone asks if YA with male main characters is hard to get published, or says that it's difficult to find such books on the shelves. I start reeling off titles of YA books with male main characters.

This has happened often enough that I've decided to just compile a list already. So I'm starting one here: YA novels with male main characters, published in 2009 or later (an arbitrary cutoff, selected because some are interested in what the most recent trends are). Feel free to suggest books in the comments, although if I haven't read them myself, I won't add them to the list until I can tell that they meet the criteria. But to get us started:

Addicted to Her, Janet Nichols Lynch (2010)
Adios, Nirvana, Conrad Wesselhoeft (2010)
After Ever After, Jordan Sonnenblick (2010)
Angry Young Man, Chris Lynch (2011)
Beat the Band, Don Calame (2010)
Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (2009)
Black Hole Sun, David Macinnis Gill (2010)
Blade: Playing Dead, Tim Bowler (2009)
Brain Jack, Brian Falkner (2010)
Break, Hannah Moskowitz (2009)
Bullet Point, Peter Abrahams (2010)
Candor, Pam Bachorz (2009)
Carter Finally Gets It, Brent Crawford (2009)
Carter's Big Break, Brent Crawford (2010)
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade Kills, Heather Brewer (2010)
Crash Into Me, Albert Borris (2009)
Crazy, Han Nolan (2010)
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, Josh Berk (2010)
The Deathday Letter, Shaun Hutchinson (2010
The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan (2009)
David Inside Out, Lee Bantle (2009)
Dull Boy, Sarah Cross (2009)
Eighth Grade Superzero (2010), Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich (some may consider MG or tween)
Escaping the Tiger, Laura Manivong (2010)
Exit Strategy, Ryan Potter (2010)
Flash Burnout, L.K. Madigan (2009)
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have, Allen Zadoff (2009)
Freaked, J.T. Dutton (2009)
Freefall, Mindi Scott (2010)
Funny How Things Change, Melissa Wyatt (2009)
Gentlemen, Michael Northrop (2009)
Going Bovine, Libba Bray (2009)
Hothouse, Chris Lynch (2010)
Initiation, Susan Fine (2009)
Invincible Summer, Hannah Moskowitz (2011)
King of the Screwups, K.L. Going (2009)
Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Saenz (2009)
The Lighter Side of Life and Death, C.K. Kelly Martin (2010)
Lockdown, Walter Dean Myers (2010)
Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork (2009)
The Maze Runner, James Dashner (2009)
Payback Time, Carl Deuker (2010)
Pop, Gordon Korman (2009)
Pull, B.A. Binns (2010)
Punkzilla, Adam Rapp (2009)
Reality Check, Peter Abrahams (2009)
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff (2010)
The Secret to Lying, Todd Mitchell (2010)
The Secret Year, Jennifer R. Hubbard (2010)
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto, Eric Luper (2010)
Shadow Walkers, Brent Hartinger (2011)
Split, Swati Avasthi (2010)
Struts & Frets, Jon Skovron (2009)
Surf Mules, G. Neri (2009)
Swim the Fly, Don Calame (2009)
The Thin Executioner, Darren Shan (2010)
The Things a Brother Knows, Dana Reinhardt (2010)
Trapped, Michael Northrop (2010)
Waiting to Score, J.E. MacLeod (2009)
White Cat, Holly Black (2010)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green & David Levithan (2010)
You, Charles Benoit (2010)

updated Apr. 24, 2011


  1. Here are a few I've read recently that fit, I think.

    Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft (2010)
    Break by Hannah Moskowitz (2009)
    Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman (2009)
    The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (2010)

  2. My soon-to-be 12 yo DS and I just finished Heather Brewer's Chronicles of Vlad series and we both loved them!!

  3. Fabulous list! I've read several of them, and really enjoyed them. And as a writer of a YA novel with a male protagonist, I appreciate learning about some of these books I've missed!

  4. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Full Tilt was first published pre-2009, but I've added the others.

  5. The DeathDay Letter by Shaun David Hutchison was published in 2010 by Simon Pulse. I loved it... and there was no mistaking it being a true "boy" voice...

  6. *headsmack* Thanks, CWSherwood, I should've had that one already!

  7. There are a few others as well:
    "Pop" by Gordon Korman
    "Payback Time" by Carl Deuker
    "Reality Check" and "Bullet Point" by Peter Abrahams
    "The Thin Executioner" by Daren Shan
    "Punkzilla" by Adam Rapp
    "Blade: Playing Dead" by Tim Bowler
    "Black Hole Sun" by David Macinnis Hill

  8. Thanks, Terry--finally got this updated!