The majority of YA novels are written from a female point of view, so which of my favourite books are written from a male perspective?
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I didn’t know that this was written from Ethan’s point of view until I started reading it and I was pleasantly surprised. It was good to learn about Gatlin from a native and the book really wouldn’t have been the same if it was written from Lena’s POV.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This book is written from Charlie’s perspective which was really interesting to read and it was actually written in a way that made the reader feel as if Charlie was actually writing it, which is something that is often left out in many novels.
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton: Yay for Finn! This book was super funny and I loved seeing events unfold from both Jessie and Finn.
The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: Maggie Stiefvater never fails to amaze me. This was one of the first books that I read that contained a male POV and I was really surprised at how much it added to the books.
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman: This is such a sad book and the addition of Callum’s perspective really added a huge depth of emotion to it. It was good to see things from his Nought view point.
Rebekah Campbell21 February, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Great post, Lucy! Definitely to add those to my wishlist and bump PERKS a bit higher 😉
Loooooved the male POV in Graffiti Moon. Stephanie Judice (Rising) and David Estes (The Moon Dwellers) are really good at writing male POVs 🙂
Rebecca-Books21 February, 2013 at 5:20 pm
You know, I was thinking about this earlier today before I saw this.
I was talking to my friend who doesn’t read many YA books and she was saying most of the books she reads have male protagonists. Which is weird because also more female teenagers read YA, I think that a lot of adult books are read by females yet have more male protagonists.
Sometimes it’s just nice to have a mixture (like in Noughts and Crosses!)
Jess Hearts Books!21 February, 2013 at 6:04 pm
I find books written from a male perspective really refreshing! Although dual narratives between a female and male character are my favourites as then you get the best of both! Perks is one of my favourites 🙂
Zoe Crook21 February, 2013 at 7:26 pm
Great discussion, Lucy, you always think of such unique ideas! 😀 I must read Perks of Being a Wallflower… and see the film too. Jessie Hearts NYC is such a fun book, I love Finn. And AHHHH Noughts and Crosses is amazing! The ending is so touching and beautiful. I agree that the male perspective made it so much better.
I think I’m sitting on the fence with this discussion, I don’t mind which POV the book is being told from as long as the book is good and I like the character 🙂
Jessica Prosper22 February, 2013 at 12:37 am
I loved House of Tomorrow. It is written from a male perspective. I do like dual POVs too, such as, my all time fave, Sea of Tranquility.
Eileen23 February, 2013 at 5:10 pm
YES! I am all with you because like, sometimes the books aren’t done right, but then other times it’s SO AWESOME. Maggie Stiefvater totally knows how to get into a dude’s head and write a compelling book in their POV 😀
Anna Scott23 February, 2013 at 8:55 pm
Great post Lucy. I have to admit I’ve never read Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s one of those books that everyone has a very strong opinion on, so maybe I’ve been putting it off for that reason! I love the Chaos Walking series and there’s a great Aussie YA called Brown Skin Blue that’s one of my favourite male perspective YAs
Nina @ Death Books and Tea25 February, 2013 at 9:33 pm
Perks = awesomeness. From looking over my shelves, I’m adding Insignia by SJ Kincaid- so much action and great characters. There’s probably more but I’m too lazy to think of them. I enjoy getting into a guy’s head and seeing how different genders have different perceptions.
Nadia @ Nadia Reads15 October, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Great post! One of my favorites is looking for alaska by John Green! This book is so funny and of course heartbreaking, because, well, it is John Green…