A satirical look at the world of the male hero in young-adult literature by the creator of the Twitter account @broodingYAhero.
When he is dumped by his Author, who thinks his trope has run its course, and he decides to write his own book, Broody McHottiepants is challenged by his evil ex-girlfriend, Blondie DeMeani, to explain how to attain main character status. In short, subheaded chapters that address the audience directly, he does so, hitting on some funny moments that are also critically insightful—as when a recipe for “The Brooding YA Hero Chocolate Chip Cookie” notes that the milk used is “roughly the same shade as my usual skin tone.” Interspersed throughout are narrative interludes that tell a goofy, purposefully formulaic story about Broody and Blondie. However, the enforced brevity of a platform like Twitter seems better suited for the endeavor than this 300-plus–page offering, and readers may quickly tire of the over-the-top caricature’s unfailingly sardonic tone. Sections that simply explain literary devices such as foreshadowing, red herrings, and the employ of active versus passive voice may be useful to teachers looking for a playful way to introduce these concepts, but it is otherwise likely to interest only those already devoted to this character.
An ostensibly comical deconstruction, this goes on too long to sustain the one-note joke. (Fiction. 12-18)