Arc Review: Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio

Brooding YA Hero

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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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Thanks to Edelweiss & Sky Pony Press for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review!

I’m not following the broodingYAHero Twitter, but have heard about it and seen it retweeted countless times, which is why I wanted to pick up this book. It sounded like a lot of fun, as Brooding YA Hero focuses on common tropes in YA and talks about them in a very humorous way. I have to admit that I had no expectations going into the story, which is why I was really surprised by how much I began to love it!

📖 The tone of the story is really set apart. Of course this is a Satire of some kind, but really well done. Everything was handled with respect and I loved the humorous tone of the story provided by the narrator Broody McHottiepants. He’s your typical broody, arrogant, self-centered love interest, which is perfectly conveyed in writing and highly entertaining to read about. I can understand that it’s a bit too much at times, so taking breaks while reading is recommended. Nevertheless, I had lots of fun reading the book and was hooked to a point where I couldn’t stop reading and was addicted.

📖 I loved the world that was incorporated. There is this Town that all the characters live in which frequently changes setting, depending on what genre is currently being written, which was a fun idea. There’s also the concept of the character archetypes existing and taking on different roles in novels, as they are written in by authors. The world also included the hall of deleted characters – those who did not make it into a book, because they were written out. Another thing I loved was how respectfully the book talked about fan art and fan fiction. I was surprised that this was included at all, but also grateful, because it’s a huge part of fandom and book lovers!

📖 Reading about the archetypes etc was really fun. We all know the many tropes of YA and Broody detailed a lot of them. He’s writing this manual for becoming a main character, which is why he talks about different kinds of stories, elements, plot, tropes and romance. It was always a lot of fun to read about that, as it was done in a kind of “build your own main character” way. Of course, I was acquainted with lots of the tropes and could name books that went along with them.

📖 I loved that there was a side story as well. Broody himself was no longer being hired as a main character, which drove his attempt to write a book about becoming a major character. The book was a lot about his personal growth away from arrogance and towards understanding supporting characters and their struggles. His plotline also overlapped with Blondie’s who was always getting involved in his writing as she wanted to become a main character as well. The book is about their relationship and interactions as well, which I really liked. It showed the struggles about feeling not important and inferior (represented by the supporting characters) and wanting to become someone memorable (a main character). In the end, what counts are your loved ones, as you are a main character for them and that’s enough.

📖 The book also discussed many important topics. I loved that the focus was not only on the humor satire but also on problems within YA. Diversity and harmful tropes were discussed as was the publishing industry. I was really glad that it talked about the abusive, controlling love interest tropes while also mentioning harmful tropes concerning PoC. Overall, the story also focused on YA being important and often dumped down by adults, who underestimate its impact. Especially the end was very touching as it talked about the importance of young teens.

IN CONCLUSION: Brooding YA Hero was a great, funny satire about YA, that however still managed to discuss important topics and problems within publishing and books. I’d definitely recommend the book because it’s easy to get through while also being impactful.

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Have you read the book? What are your favorite tropes in YA?📖


2 thoughts on “Arc Review: Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio

  1. I was curious about this one! But I actually find the twitter account a little too acidic for me…like writing is a hard and I don’t *understand* satire so a lot of the time I find to too pretentious/condescending.😭 But some of the tweets have been HILARIOUS. So I’m glad you enjoyed the book!

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    1. I’m still not following the Twitter Account so I cannot tell, but I actually didn’t mind the satire in the book 😀 However, I think that depends on taste. I’m glad I liked it as well, because I wasn’t sure going into it 🙂


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