Contemporary YA Books with Male Main Characters

I am one of those annoying people who tries to convert non-readers to readers, convinced I can do it if I recommend just the right book. In my experience, a lot of the people I know who don’t enjoy reading are boys. And while boys can (and should) read the many, many amazing books with female protagonists, I thought it would be fun to put together a short list of contemporary YA books with male main characters. These are all books I really enjoyed and would recommend to anyone!

A Complicated Relationship with Audiobooks

I love audiobooks. As a concept. A professional reading me a book, while I’m doing other tasks? It sounds amazing. But for whatever reason, I’ve always struggled with them. Even on a long drive, when I’m sure I’ll finally click with an audiobook, I don’t. I somehow end up thinking about other things and missing the details of the story.

ARC OF A SCYTHE Trilogy Review

BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: “A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.“


BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: “When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it's mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie...although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.“

Underrated YA Books

“Underrated” is a difficult term to define. For this post, I’m considering any YA book with less than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads. Number of ratings is not normally something I pay much attention to, so it was interesting to see which books I enjoyed fell on the lower end of the spectrum. Hopefully this list connects people with new-to-them books that deserve some more love!


BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: “As the sacred slave of a goddess, Roma is of a lower caste that serves patrons to sustain the balance between gods and men. What she wants is her freedom, but deserters are hunted and hanged, and Roma only knows how to survive in her village where women are vessels without a voice. When her younger brother is condemned to the same wretched fate as hers, Roma must choose between silence and rebellion.”


BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: "Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students' dark secrets to light. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can't escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn't afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they're planning much more than a high-school game..."


BOOK COVER SYNOPSIS: “Seventeen-year-old Rowan is about to become one of the famed Leonodai Warriors—the elite magical fighters who protect the floating city Heliana from the world of Men. Until disaster strikes the city’s children.“