Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is Freebie week, so I’ve decided to post: Top Ten Books Told from a Male POV

1. Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman

No one does snark like Thurman, and it’s been a long, rewarding journey to witness Cal’s slow maturation.

2. Curse Workers series by Holly Black

Cassel reminds me of a younger, less bitter version of Thurman’s Cal, which is probably why I was immediately drawn to his humorously cynical narration.

3. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Gen is a brilliant narrator, for he never lies to his audience, but he is always conscious of how much he allows us to see.

4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield’s frustration and yearning have characterized teen angst for decades, yet his outlook still resonates.

5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Tom’s slow progression out of his brokenness shattered my own heart several times before he finally reached contentment.

6. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Ed is eminently relatable as he struggles to infuse meaning into his own life and the lives of those around him.

7. Paper Towns by John Green

While this might be my least favorite Green book as far as plot goes, I appreciated how Quentin’s voice displayed Green’s usual nerdy self-conscious elitism while still somehow sounding like it could come from the mind of a high school boy.

8. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Paul is a delightful narrator to guide the reader through Levithan’s magical realist world in which being gay is the norm and acceptance applies not toward one’s orientation, but rather toward one’s persona.

9. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Many readers can relate to Gene’s alternating reverence and jealousy toward Phineas, especially as high school friendships often represent more than their appearance suggests.

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay’s confusion and heartache resonate without overwhelming the underlying plot, thus allowing readers to navigate the complex story Asher is trying to tell.

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