Male Protagonists in YA | Countdown

I’ve noticed that nearly all YA books that I read have female protagonists. Then I noticed that all fantasy books with male protagonists were actually books with multiple POVs, some of which were male. This post is very short because I couldn’t find many and I restricted myself to books where all of the perspectives were male.

#4: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


“Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …”

Okay, so this is number four because I love it, but at the end of the story one of the main perspectives is that of a girl. However, I am still counting it and I would definitely recommend this book; it is a truly insightful and interesting read.

#3: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


“It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.”

This is a sci-fi novel with video games and well, the main character is male. I really liked reading it, although all of the ’80s pop culture references went completely over my head.

#2: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . .
It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

Okay, so beyond having a genius title, this book is beautiful and adorable.

#1: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run…

There are a whole lot of boys and not a lot of girls, especially at the beginning of the book! This is one of my favourite sci-fi books.

And that is all for today’s very short countdown. I’m trying to post more regularly this month and I have posts planned for everyday (whether I actually get the chance to write them, however, is another story), so hopefully I will be seeing you shortly! Happy reading, Keira x.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. BeanCountingBookworm says:

    I think Looking For Alaska is also only got one male protagonist. But I think this is a good idea because it does feel like YA is dominated by females.

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    1. Keira says:

      Yeah! I realised that there are a couple more. I have Looking for Alaska on my kindle, so I forgot about it 🙂 It does feel that way and I like female protagonists, but some balance is always a good thing 🙂

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