Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. This month I’m doing books for boys.
OKAY I know books are not gendered. I know that. I think gendering things like books is ridiculous. HOWEVER I do think that teenage boys have a hard time getting into books. I have a brother who’s two years younger than me, and he had a hard time finding books for a while, especially YA books. So many YA books are targeted towards girls and young women, which is great and all, but we can’t leave the boys out either.
So these are books and series I think teenage guys would like. I tried to include a bit of everything: there’s some sci-fi/dystopian, there’s some YA romance, there’s some spies. There’s everything you’d want. A lot of them also have strong female characters, because I feel like that’s missing or under-appreciated in a lot of male literature.
Legend by Marie Lu: dystopian, bad-ass female and male protagonists, taking down the system.
The CHERUB Series by Robert Muchamore: kid spies (what more do you want), literally perfect for any boy 10-13 years old. If you only try one recommendation from this list, please let it be this one.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk: better for older teens, fighting, if they think about it they might learn something about toxic masculinity, also just very entertaining.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: fantasy/dystopian/survival book, interesting concept, the series gets better, great character development.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: from the POV of a teenage boy going through some very teenage problems that aren’t masculinity- or totally sexuality-focused.
Everyday by David Levithan: YA romance that will make you think about love and sexuality and such, honestly just so interesting. Good for boys who like YA but can’t find any YA romance not from the girl’s POV.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: technically adult fantasy but very easily readable as YA. Cool magic system, sassy and bad-ass leading female in the first one, great adventure and story.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown: y’all know my thoughts on this. V good.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: fantasy, actually so feminist in that all the female characters are actual characters, explores good and interesting topics. Definitely slow, but if you’re a writer or high fantasy fan, you’ll love it.
I consulted my brother with this list, and he agrees with all of them! All of these are considered in some of our all-time favourites, and we rarely go on vacation without multiple of them (to be fair a lot of them are on our kindles but still).
What are your thoughts? Any you agree with? Disagree with? Any other suggestions?
Thanks for reading! xx