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.
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 clich s, overused tropes, and overwhelming whiteness. Ages 12 up. Author's)