Friday, May 11, 2012

Trends in Contemporary YA #3: Male POVs

Trends in Contemporary YA is a feature I do on a semi-regular basis. In each post, I talk about one trend in contemporary YA, whether or not I like it, and give some examples of books for this trend. You can check out some earlier posts in this feature here.

The links will take you to the Goodreads pages.

This week's topic is: male POV!

This one is not so much a trend but more something I'd like to see more of. I love books with a male MC, when they're well-done and realistic. I love multiple-POV books, too, where you can read from the girl's and the guy's POV, but here I'm talking about male-POV-only books. Reading from a guy's POV is interesting - I like getting some insight into how guys think! Lately, I've seen a few more books with a male POV, but I still want more!

Here are some examples of books with a male POV I've read and loved:

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Split by Swati Avasthi
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

And anything by John Green (other than The Fault in Our Stars)

And here are some books with a male POV that I haven't read but that look great:

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Before You Go by James Preller

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Cracked by K.M. Walton

Break by Hannah Moskowitz
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

What do you think of contemporary YA books with a male POV? Do you love them, like me, or do you usually stick to girl narrators? If you've read any of the books I mentioned, what did you think? And can you recommend some more books with male MCs?


  1. I LOVE male POVs! I think there should be lots more of them, and I love male POVs in contemporary because we, as girls, finally get a glimpse into how guys think.

    Some books written from a guy's POV which I love are, in paranormal, Beautiful Creatures/Beautiful Darkness/Beautiful Chaos (you'll love Ethan Wate and how he loves Lena) and The Ghost and the Goth (Will is somewhat broken as a character in the beginning, so it's really interesting to see a vulnerable guy)

    In contemporary, Simone Elkeles does a great job in Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction. 

    What I like about dual POVs is that you can see how differently girls and guys interpret the same thing, and how differently they express themselves. 

  2. OH! I forgot to add Paper Towns by John Green:) Q is so funny:) But also really smart and deep and thoughtful:)

    What I find awesome is when great male POVs are written by women:) I wonder what guy's brain they hijacked to get all that insight!

  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is AMAZING! If you haven't read Flight (also by Sherman Alexie) you should check it out. One of my favorites:

  4. The Sherman Alexie book is such a quiet yet powerful book!

     I recently read and loved the sequel to "If I Stay", by Gayle Forman. "Where She Went" is told from Adam's POV (the boyfriend of the MC of "If I Stay") and it was AMAZING. I liked it better the the first book!

     "Other male POV's I think of, but aren't contemporary are "Insignia" which is releasing later this year, I'm looking forward to it. And I have been hearing good things about "The Hunt", another male MC. 

    Great post:)

  5. Where She Went was so good! I found it so much better than the first book:) Adam grew so much as a character, and he was so damaged and then he heals in such a a short period of time

  6. I love male POV's. I'm not saying I don't love the girl's. But I'm a girl already! So I'd rather hear the guy's perspective about things. And it's kind of refreshing since it lets me learn a lot of things about how guys think about this or that. Also, it's very different with a girl's so really, I enjoy it a lot too.

    I have a couple of books up there but I haven't got to read them. I agree about John Green's books. Except TFIOS since it is seen by Hazel. Looking for Alaska is really funny and heartbreaking. I can never imagine a real guy experience that. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is absolutely funny! 

    Have you read The Iron Fey series? I know it's not contemporary but it's really great. It's about faeries. The Iron Knight, the fourth installment is told by Ash, the love interest of the MC in the first three books. And it's one of the best stories for me. It's really good. I get to know Ash more and appreciate him!

    I love Thirteen Reasons Why too. I know Clay doesn't get to have a lot of say in that book. But his emotions and lines are really sticking up to me when I read it. It's that good! I get to know what a guy thinks when girls do this or that. Seriously, it's really good!

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower. OMG. I love Charlie here. It's basically one of the most personal books I've ever read since it's written in a diary form. But I get to feel Charlie. I never really thought I'll enjoy this book since it contains the complaints of a guy but I was dead wrong.

    Another book is Stargirl. This one is such a funny and easy read. But I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Leo's the MC. Stargirl is the new girl and she's kind of weird in a funny way. The story is really hilarious. 

  7. Exactly - I love getting insight into how guys think, even if it's just fictional ones. I wish there were more male POV books.

    I haven't read the Iron Fey series - I've heard good things about it, but it's so far out of my comfort zone that I haven't gotten to them yet... maybe I will, though, someday.

    Haven't read Stargirl, either, but I really want to :)

  8. Yeah, I love reading books from the male POV and seeing how they think and all of that :) I haven't read any of the paranormal ones, but maybe I will, someday, even though they're so far out of my comfort zone... And yes, I love the Perfect Chemistry books too! If done well, dual POVs can be really good, but I think they're hard to write - often, I find the two (or more) POVs too similar, sadly.

  9. I've read If I Stay, but unlike the rest of the world, I didn't love it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't think it was that amazing, to be honest. But maybe I'll read Where She Went, since most people have said that one is even better than If I Stay...

  10. I love male POVs too!There's even Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake.They're awesome books!

  11. To be honest - I haven't read that many books with Male POVs. On the top of my head I've read half of Beautiful Creatures, Boy Toy and recently I've started Going Underground... I really need to read more! I have an ARC of Wintertown that I can't wait to read and Something Like Normal DOES look good!

  12.  I am also a fan of male POVs.  John Green is the author that came to mind right away for the books I could think of relating to this.  I think it's so interesting to see how the other sex thinks and analizes things.  And of course, there are several books, that females write but are in the male POV too which is great if it's well done.


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