Ten More Young Adult Books with Male Main Characters

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?

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

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 the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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.

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen

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.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

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.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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?Β  Check out our first list.

29 thoughts on “Ten More Young Adult Books with Male Main Characters

  1. Hannie says:

    This is a great list! I feel like young adult is increasingly female-centric and that can make it difficult for young boys to find books that appeal to them.

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes, I’ve noticed that at the library! It can be really difficult to find a YA for teenage boys because a lot of them aren’t interested in romance and guys in YA tend to be the love interest most of the time….

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  2. Kim @ Traveling in Books says:

    I was just telling a friend yesterday that it felt like the Boy as Main Character (especially in YA fantasy) was disappearing and becoming a side character or love interest. Thanks for this list! I had only heard of a few of these.

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    • Krysta says:

      For years it seemed like there were hardly any male main characters in YA. It seemed like women were primarily writing YA and writing female protagonists. There are good deal of books with split POVs, one male and one female, but just finding a book about a teenage boy can seem impossible! I think that is starting to change, though. Which is nice because I see boys at the library and they seem wholly uninterested in any of the YA available, aside from bestsellers like Divergent and The Maze Runner.

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      • Kim @ Traveling in Books says:

        I remember there being a lot of male protagonists in the books I read when I was growing up, but in the last 15 years or so, it’s just been female protagonists. And sure, boys can read about girls, but when there are so many romance-heavy plots, it seems like it would be hard to get a boy interested in reading it.

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  3. Enobong says:

    Darius the Great and They Both Die in the End have been on my radar for a while now. My ten-year-old nephew loves to read and will be entering the world if YA before I know it. Having lists like this on hand is great

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    • Krysta says:

      Both Darius the Great and They Both Die in the End were really moving! I think it’s great we’re seeing more male main characters in YA. Sometimes it can be hard to find one, it seems!

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  4. Stephanie says:

    It’s hard to find YA books with male main characters, but I find that the ones I do read are a nice break. They’re just different, you know? I can’t say I’ve read any of these though…

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