The Boys of YA Part 1: Genre Fiction

Posted March 23, 2015 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions / 10 Comments


I’m sure you are all aware of the latest Big Thing that kind of rocked the YA world. I’m not here to talk about that, but the discussion did spark an interest in me to take a look a male POV in YA. As expected, there are a LOT of boy-driven young adult titles, though not as many as female-lead – at least, not recently. So I thought I’d do my best to compile a list here for our readers to take a look at. Today I’m going to focus on genre fic – fantasy, science fiction, historical, paranormal and horror. Part two will be up in a few days, focusing on contemporary books and also memoirs.Β  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive. Also, some of these have multiple POV characters, including both boys and girls. Some are first person, others are third. Of course, if you can think of more, just let us know in the comments!


boys in fantasy

Science Fiction
boys in scifiboys in science fiction


boys in paranormal


boys in historical


boys in horror




I apologize if I have any of the genres wrong – I haven’t read all of these titles. If you can recommend some other examples in these genres, feel free to leave them below in the comments! And don’t forget to check back for Part 2: Contemporary and Nonfiction!


10 responses to “The Boys of YA Part 1: Genre Fiction

  1. Whoa, I didn’t realize how many YA books had male POVs! I read a lot of NA, and usually those are dual POV. But I haven’t read many YA books with guy’s voice. I’ve read TKoD, The Young Elites, These Broken Stars, Of Beast and Beauty, Finnikin, TRC, Legend, Storm, and Anna Dressed in Blood (more than I realized). And I loved them all! Very well done with the boys.

    I’m definitely saving this post! πŸ™‚
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  2. There are really quite a bit, for those who wish to pick up more male POV YA novels. I do find it strange how people were pointing out the lack of male POV in YA when female voices are very rare in so many other genres. It is a good thing there are so many female voices in this genre. I think this was a great idea Bekka. It not only allows us to realize how many male POV novels there are in the genre, but it gives us a list to go through if we ever want to find more male perspectives.

    • Thank you. πŸ˜€ That’s a good point about women’s voices being very few across other categories. Really, you see women in YA and in romance, but other than that, it’s 95% men. So while it seems like young women dominate the YA space, in the grand scheme of things, girls are still woefully under represented in literature.

  3. I have more suggestions! Mostly Sci-Fi. πŸ™‚

    Fantasy: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Series by Melanie Card, Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

    Science Fiction: Savage Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett, 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger, Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi, Dean Curse Chronicles Series by Steven Whibley, Benny Imura Series by Jonathan Maberry, Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi, Across the Universe Series by Beth Revis

    Paranormal: Fat Vampire by Adam Rex, Dante Walker Series by Victoria Scott
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    • I had a few of those sci-fi titles written down but since I hadn’t read them I couldn’t be 100% sure there were dual POVs so I left them out. Thanks for the recs though!

    • I swear I had that written down, but somehow it just didn’t make it! I love Holly Black, too, so I don’t know how I forgot or why I haven’t read it yet.

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