We all know that guy in YA books. The dark, mysterious guy who our heroine is going to fall in love with, even though she shouldn’t.
The guy that she’ll probably share a first kiss with at the absolute worst or absolute best moment.
He’s either the new kid in school or the most popular and way too good for our heroine. An athlete with a heart of gold or a rich kid willing to stoop down and date a poor girl. Also, he might be a paranormal creature and we’ll find out in some dramatic fashion.
He is the Brooding YA Hero.
In February 2015, Carrie DiRisio created the twitter handle for Brooding YA Hero as a joke with friends. His bio read, “Making Bad Life Choices, Looking Hot, Shedding Manly Tears,” and that really says it all. This parody twitter account analyzes the common tropes for love interests in YA books of all genres and pokes fun at them in a way that’s relatable to publishing folks and casual readers alike. By the end of 2015, Brooding YA Hero had amassed over 20,000 followers and currently has over 42,600 followers.
Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character as Awesome as Me (Sky Pony Press October, 2017) is his book. Carrie DiRisio, along with artist Linnea Gear, worked together to create a self-help guide to follow Broody McHottiepants’s journey to becoming a main character. Readers can take quizzes, enjoy the illustrations, get tips on how to have a successful love triangle or get a sequel, and laugh their way through Broody’s journey with Unlikeable Girl and Blondie DeMeani.
When Dimple Met Rishi author Sandhya Menon calls Brooding YA Hero, “hilarious and sneakily, cheekily feminist in the best way,” and Jodi Picoult, a bestseller many times over, claims that readers, “will swoon and raise a perfectly arched and knowing eyebrow at this clever confection.” Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character as Awesome as Me is destined to open up more conversations about YA books and how they’re written, all while delighting audiences.