(This little guy is totally going to grow up to be a Brooding YA Hero. Just look at him—he’s already got that piercing heartthrob stare going on!)
In my four years of blogging, I’ve only joined a few street teams. I kind of have to feel obsessed with the author to feel like I want to be a part of that author’s promotion. I’m a part of Evelyn Skye’s Tsar’s Guard because I’ve been a huge fan of Evelyn ever since she wrote an amazingly powerful short story in an anthology I reviewed, back way before The Crown’s Game was even a thing. The only other street team I can think of that I’ve joined is Australian author C.J. Duggan because I adored her Summer Series and I wanted to have the opportunity to review all of her books (since she’s an Australian author, ARCs are a little harder to get my hands on and I didn’t want to miss out!).
Well, now I’ve joined a new street team for an author I’ve never read before (in fact, I’ll confess, I had to go look up her name): Carrie Ann DiRisio. Why am I promoting an author whose name I don’t even know? Well, that’s the thing, I may not know Carrie, but I feel like I know her main character very well, and I want you to know him too!
Meet Brooding YA Hero
He’s dreamy, he’s snarky, he’s swoonworthy, he’s oh-so-cool. He’s Brooding YA Hero, and you’re gonna fall in love!
I “met” Brooding YA Hero on Twitter. The very first Tweet I ever saw from Mr. Broody was this one:
I LOVED this tweet because this has always been one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to YA tropes. It makes me crazy when the only real obstacle that the main couple in a book has to overcome is their refusal to actually talk to each other. I took a look around and found that the YA Brooding Hero Twitter feed was full of these little gems, and I immediately followed.
Well, it soon became apparent that YA Brooding Hero wasn’t just a cute joke. Whoever was behind it had something special going on. His tweets are full of amazingly social satire and some incredibly astute observations. Some of the things I love about the feed:
- The star of the show: All the tweets are written from the POV of Brooding YA Hero, everyone’s favorite swoony teenage heartthrob. Of course, he’s perfect in every way: Washboard abs, bravery, sparkling wit, model good looks, an uncanny ability to save the day … you know, all of the features the average teenage guy might exhibit. Oh, wait … no? Well, I guess he might be a bit above average when it comes to a few of those things. And, of course, his amazing qualities are equally matched with his ability to brood. Check out the tweets and you’ll see that Brooding YA Hero is (of course) a bad boy with a heart of gold. Sure he seems mysterious and possibly a little dangerous—that’s all part of his charm!
- Spot-on observations and social commentary: All of those YA tropes that have been driving you batty? You can count on Brooding YA Hero to endorse them. Sure, his worldview might be a little skewed, but that’s what makes him so much fun! I found that good old Broody had a lot to say about the world (and it doesn’t take a genius to read the social commentary behind many of his tweets).
- Champion for diversity and equality: The Brooding YA Hero feed champions diversity and speaks out against misogyny. Just remember not to take anything he says too seriously (it’s satire, after all!)
I was intrigued when I saw a contest to help choose the “New Face of Brooding YA Hero” and I was excited to see that my favorite broody guy was getting a book of his own! Of course, I voted (I think the best man won, don’t you?) and I headed over to Goodreads to immediately add Brooding Young Adult Hero’s Guide to Achieving Main Character Status to my TBR. Then, when I saw a call for street team members, I didn’t hesitate—I was already hooked and I was excited to help spread the word! I applied and was very excited to find out that I was accepted to be a #BroodyBFF. I’m guessing I’ll be mentioning him now and again around here and on my social media accounts.
For now, I’ll leave you with just a few of my favorite Brooding YA Hero tweets:
Have you ever been part of an author street team? What drew you in and made you decide to join? Any authors you wish you could be on a street team for? I want to know!