Our first list of young adult books with male protagonists was so popular, we’re featuring ten more! If you want a book that might appeal to boys or be more relatable because there is a male main character, check these out! Of course, anyone can enjoy these books and the fresh perspective they bring to YA!
What if It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Seventeen-year-old Ben has just broken up with his boyfriend, but has to see him every day in summer school. Sixteen-year-old Arthur is in New York City for a summer internship. When they meet at the post office, it seems like destiny. But can a chance meeting lead to true love?
Elfin historian Brangwain Spurge has been catapulted into the goblin kingdom in order to deliver a recently uncovered artifact as a gesture of goodwill between the two nations. His host, goblin archivist Werfel, is excited about this unique opportunity to compare notes with a fellow lover of history. However, the two are about to find themselves in the middle of an international crisis when misunderstandings escalate into preparations for war. An intriguing story about how different people can view the same events in markedly different ways.
The Frontman by Ron Bahar
Seventeen-year-old Ron is caught between the desires of his strict Israeli immigrant parents and his own dreams. He wants to date a non-Jewish girl and he maybe wants to start his own band, instead of pursuing medicine. But how can a teen find his way when everything seems in conflict? A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Darius Kellner is used to being a disappointment. His father, he knows, wishes he were tough enough to handle both the school bullies and his clinical depression. Then his family takes a trip to visit family in Iran. At first, Darius is skeptical he will fit in. But then he meets Sohrab, who makes him feel understood for the first time. And now he’s not sure how he will ever return to his old life in the United States. A moving look at a teenager trying to find his place in the world.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd lives in a town of men and, thanks to the Noise, he can hear all their thoughts, as well as those of his dog. But when he flees his town, he stumbles upon a most remarkable thing: a girl. And he can’t hear her thoughts at all. The first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy.
The mysterious death of a professor draws together three strangers from Oxford, John, Jack, and Charles. Informed that they are now the Caretakers of an atlas of imaginary lands called the Imaginarium Geographic, the three set sail for the Archipelago of Dreams, where all the places of myth and literature exist. Chaos threatens the Archipelago, however, as the Winter King seeks the throne. A fast-paced fantasy adventure that will appeal to fans of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
Will just watched his older brother die. And he’s pretty sure he knows the guy who shot him. So it’s time to follow the Rules. The most important Rule? Get revenge. But as Will takes the elevator down to find his target, he is joined by a series of spirits who tell him their stories. It seems that the Rules solve nothing and only continue the cycle of violence. And suddenly Will has a choice: follow the Rules and end up like Shawn, or ignore the Rules his family has passed down for generations. A novel told in verse about the futility of gun violence.
Miles Morales is struggling. His Spider-Man powers have been acting up and he was just suspended from school for walking out of class to use the restroom. He’s just not sure he can do it anymore. What good is a hero who can’t even graduate? A gripping, character-driven novel.
One day shortly after midnight, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio receive the call: today is the day they die. With fewer than 24 hours to make life meaningful, they find themselves drawn together by the Last Friend app. Hopefully, they can find peace and create a little adventure before it is too late. A poignant look at what it means to die–and what it means to live.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is struggling with racism at his new school and journaling to Martin Luther King, Jr. in an attempt to figure out his thoughts. But then he and his friend are out driving when an angry cop pulls a gun. And his world changes just like that.
Looking for more YA with male main characters? Check out our first list.