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We Love Kickass Girl Characters in YA, and These Boys Are Pretty Awesome Too!

We’re pretty obsessed with all the kickass girl characters in YA, but sometimes people might wonder what happened to the Y chromosome in YA? Are teen guys really just not reading?

Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) thinks so, according to a recent op-ed in the New York Times. His suggested solution was for YA writers to add more sexy parts. Our response: Have you read Sarah J. Maas lately?!

More importantly, we at Underlined believe every reader of every gender (and race and culture and sexual orientation and . . . let’s just say everybody) deserves to see themselves represented in fiction. So we challenge the idea that there aren’t any good books for guys. In fact, below are some of our favorite books that everyone will love.

Calamity

Calamity

If you like any of the following, then you’ll love Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series: superheroes, supervillains, postapocalyptic worlds, crazy plot twists, action, adventure, suspense, explosions! If you don’t like any of those things, well . . . we don’t believe you.

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Told in the alternating perspectives of a victim of police brutality and a witness to the crime, this ripped-from-the-headlines novel deftly explores racial tensions in America. Timely and necessary.

Too Shattered for Mending

Too Shattered for Mending

The main character in this gritty mystery is in a tough spot (his parents are gone, his brother’s in jail, school is the worst), but the way he finds refuge fishing and hunting in the woods will make you want to take a trip into the wilderness and see what you’re made of.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

It’s no coincidence that unrequited love is a common theme in literature. What else could be the cause of so much angst, so much awkwardness, and so many painfully funny moments? This is one to laugh and cry over, no question.

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The Outsiders meets The Breakfast Club in this New York Times bestselling novel from the author of Mosquitoland. David Arnold’s memorable, realistically drawn characters will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading.

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This is one of the most banned books of all time. It’s  raw, irreverent, and hysterically funny. It also offers a rare glimpse life at modern-day life on an Indian reservation.

Grendel's Guide to Love and War

Grendel's Guide to Love and War

Revenge of the Nerds meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower in this laugh-out-loud-funny book about a misfit who wages a prank war against the jock-next-door. Read this if you’ve ever wondered how a dozen stoned pigs would behave at a house party.

Ball Don't Lie

Ball Don't Lie

On the basketball court, a guy can be anything he wants. This book will resonate with anyone who loves to play ball or anyone who’s ever worked to achieve a dream that seems out of reach.

Denton Little's Deathdate

Denton Little's Deathdate

What if you were born knowing the exact day you were going to die? What if your deathdate happened to fall on prom night? This book answers that question in the most madcap, hysterical way possible.

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If you could erase a painful memory in order to be happy, would you do it? Set in the near future in the Bronx, this story of a boy coping with grief and grappling to understand his sexuality makes for an unforgettable read.

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One of our all-time favorite reads featuring an unreliable narrator. This book will cause you to question what’s real and what’s right, and comes with a high risk of blowing your mind.

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