Books Worth Remembering is a new feature on this blog. I'll be picking a theme each week and telling you up to five books with that theme that are worth remembering and why. For this first post I chose Male Point of Views (or POVS) Male narrators are somewhat of a rarity in YA fiction, so I think once you find them they are definitely worth giving a go.
1. Ethan Wate from The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Ethan is a very easy narrative voice to read; it isn't like someone is speaking (which I'm not a big fan of) but it is similarly informal, that makes you fly through the book quickly and eagerly. I love his love - hate relationship with his small southern town (kind of what I have with my home town) and how describes the townspeople's ways and peculiarities. You can also tell how much he cares for Lena by the way he describes her.
2. Miles 'Pudge' Halter from Looking for Alaska by John Green
All of John Green's male narrators have a strong, likeable voice but my personal favourite has always been Pudge. He is one of those intelligent, funny characters that you can't help but wish you knew in real life. I love Miles' obsession with people's last words and how he was insecure with this new place he found himself in - I find him incredibly realistic and (as with all of John's books) he discovers something important, learning about love and loss and looking at one another complexly - a journey of discovery which readers learn along with him.
3. Elder from Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Across the Universe is told with alternating narration between Elder and Amy, but Elder has a very distinct futuristic style of narration that gives the reader the insight into the minds of those on Godspeed which I liked to read juxtaposed with Amy's thoughts which are much more similar to ours. Don't be fooled with this cover (as I and a lot of people have been) this is not a love story, it is kind of a murder mystery with a sci-fi spin. Elder learns what it takes to be a good leader and begins to learn the difference between right and wrong and what it takes to stand up against those you care about.
4. Peregrine ‘Perry’ of the Tides from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Just like Across the Universe, the narration is alternated between Perry and Aria, both are relying on one another to get what they want. And similarly to Across the Universe this is more of a love/adventure story then that of just primarily love. I loved Perry’s narrative voice, it was strong and I loved how he used his enhanced senses to help with describing people and places; it was very different from anything else I’d ever read.
5. Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Perfect chemistry also alternates between Alex’s narration and Brittany’s (You may notice I’m quite a fan of alternating narration – I love how it give insight into both character’s minds) Alex is your typically tough guy with a good heart – I love how you learn about his love for his family and his desperate need to protect them, which you wouldn’t if it was just from Brittany’s POV (or it would seem less genuine) Perfect Chemistry is an endearing love story because it tells you both sides of the story.
What did you think of my first Books Worth Remembering? What are your favourite books with Male POVS?