We’re going to wrap up our third annual contemporary week series talking about boys. As you may have noticed or noted, so far all of the guest posts were written by women, the bulk of whom have written primarily female voices in their novels. Although anyone who has checked out the “paging back” posts would know, we’ve had many awesome male writers and male voices featured here, too.
But I wanted to offer a challenge to today’s guest poster. My prompt to him was huge — and vague. I asked him to write about the male voice in contemporary YA fiction. And let me just say: Steve Brezenoff delivered. What is the male voice in contemporary YA? Where can you find it? How is this in conversation with everything else that’s popped up during the series?
In other words: what about the “boy books?”
Steve Brezenoff is the author of the young adult novels The Absolute Value of -1, starring two boy characters and one girl character, and Brooklyn, Burning, starring two ungendered characters, as well as dozens of chapter books for younger readers, with loads and loads of boy and girl characters. His third novel, Guy in Real Life, will be out out in May of 2014 and has one boy protagonist and one girl protagonist who will vie for your empathy. You can visit him at www.stevebrezenoff.com.
The Male Voice in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: What Does That Even Mean?