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Brooding Ya Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) As Awesome As Me
Contributor(s): Dirisio, Carrie, Gear, Linnea (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1510726667     ISBN-13: 9781510726666
Publisher: Sky Pony Pr
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: After two weeks of having no authors ask him to star in their stories, book hero Broody McHottiepants tries to write his own novel, despite interruptions from ex-girlfriend Blondie DeMeani, in a book that includes quizzes, lists, and games.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Books and reading; Fiction.
Authorship; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017028647
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (1.05 lbs) 331 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 August #2)

DiRisio brings her @broodingYAhero Twitter persona to the page in this insidery faux manual "written" by Broody McHottiepants, the sort of dangerously attractive love interest who can be "found in all your favorite books." After the prologue leaves Broody without work—"There are so many other stories to tell, Broody," an all-powerful Author tells him. "You don't need to star in all of them"—he sets out to instruct readers on how to grab the spotlight like him, highlighting an array of character types, techniques, and tropes ("If you're a supernatural creature, try to find a girl who has no idea of her destiny and obsessively follow her around," he suggests in a section about meeting one's love interest). An equally recognizable villain, Blondie DeMeani—Broody's ex-girlfriend—makes appearances, letting DiRisio show another side to this oft-seen archetype: might Blondie be more than just perfect hair and eye rolls? Amid all of the self-referential, self-obsessed silliness, DiRisio nods toward the forward momentum of YA literature, which is slowly but surely moving away from the familiar heteronormative relationships, predictable clichés, overused tropes, and overwhelming whiteness. Ages 12–up. Author's agent: Melissa Edwards, Stonesong. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 8 Up—As "the best of all fictional characters ever created," Broody McHottiepants is an archetype who has starred in many novels. But lately, authors haven't been writing much about him, so Broody decides to write his own book: a how-to guide on achieving main character status. He covers topics, such as the importance of describing your eye color, different genres and settings, various plot devices, and "The Brooding YA Hero Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe." The first-person chapters of Broody's book are interspersed with third-person narrative interludes consisting mainly of dialogue between Broody and his evil ex-girlfriend, the character archetype Blondie DeMeani. Occasional notes from Blondie herself hint that she yearns for her own point of view and the opportunity for character development. Secretly, she is counting on Broody's book to guide her toward becoming a main character. Broody's arrogance and exaggerated descriptions are hilarious, although the recurring jokes about expressive eyebrows and excessive adjectives lose their effect relatively early in the book. DiRisio makes a few positive points about the value of YA literature, noting that it "keeps growing and changing and breaking new ground," but she mostly pokes fun of it through her enumeration of clichés and tropes, thinly veiled allusions to specific books, and deliberately awkward language, such as the moment when Broody "froze like a frozen thing, trapped on an ice-cold frozen lake." VERDICT A clever, tongue-in-cheek novel that will appeal to teens with a disdain for the formulaic. A good choice for YA shelves or where satire is popular.—Magdalena Teske, Naperville Public Library, IL

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