Male YA

This page is a list of Young Adult novels with male main characters.  I’m not trying to discriminate against female characters or authors.  But requests for good YA with male MCs are something I come across a lot, and it’s hard to find good comprehensive lists.

I have not read all of these novels, but they are all on my To Be Read list.  There will be an asterisk next to the author if I have read it.  Two if I enjoyed it.

I don’t particularly like Amazon, so I’ll be linking to the Goodreads pages for these novels.  (Yes, I know Amazon bought Goodreads.)

(The position on the list is not in any way indicative of the quality of the novel.)

*I’ve only listed the first book if it’s part of series.  Series will have the series title in parentheses.

1. The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

3. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Burger Wuss by M.T. Anderson

5. Feed by M.T. Anderson

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

7. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher**

8. Split by Swathi Avasthi

9. Ship Breaker (Series) by Paolo Bacigalupi

10. Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

11. Gil Marsh by A.C.E Bauer

12. Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin

13. Genesis by Bernard Beckett

14. The Reapers are the Angels (Reapers) by Alden Bell

15. You by Charles Benoit

16. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

17. Guy Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

18. Ashes (Series) by Ilsa J. Bick

19. White Cat by Holly Black

20. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

21. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

22. Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

23. Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers

24. The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff

25. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

26. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

27. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron

28. First Day of Earth by Cecil Castellucci

29. Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers

30. Breaktime by Aidan Chambers

31. Dance on My Grave by Aidan Chambers

32. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

33. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

34. Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

35. Lovesick by Jake Coburn

36. Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

37. Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer

38. Diary of a Wimpy Vampire (Series) by Tim Collins

39. Confessions of a Liar, Thief, and Failed Sex God by Bill Condon

40. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

41. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier**

42. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

43. After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

44. The Maze Runner (Series) by James Dashner*

45. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow**

46. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

47. I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan

48. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

49. The Byron Journals by Daniel Ducrou

50. Happyface by Stephen Emond

51. Being Billy by Phil Earle

52. Dark Life (Series) by Kat Falls

53. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

54. Incarceron (Series) by Catherine Fisher

55. 90 Packets of Instant Noodles by Deb Fitzpatrick

56. Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher

57. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

58. Breaking Point by Alex Flinn

59. Beastly by Alex Flinn

60. Cloaked by Alex Flinn

61. Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

62. Right Behind You by Gail Giles

63. Saint Iggy by K.L. Going

64. Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

65. Red Rising (Series) by Pierce Brown

66. Jumper by Stephen Gould

67. Gone (Series) by Michael Grant

68. Feed (Newsflesh) by Mira Grant

69. Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray

70. Paper Towns by John Green**

71. Looking For Alaska by John Green**

72. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

73. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green**

74. Swerve by Phillip Gwynne

75. Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

76. The Obsidian Blade (The Klaautu Diskos) by Pete Hautman

77. Godless by Pete Hautman

78. Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori) by Lian Hearn

79. Department Nineteen by Will Hill

80. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton**

81. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

82. The Maze by Will Hobbs*

83. Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan

84. Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz

85. Stray (Touchstone) by Andrea K. Host

86. The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

87. Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes

88. The Pearl Wars (Skyship Academy) by Nick James

89. Night Road by A.M. Jenkins

90. Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins

91. My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek

92. Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

93. Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo

94. Insignia (Series) by S.J. Kincaid

95. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

96. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss

97. My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

98. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

99. Stoner and Spaz by Ron Koertge

100. Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

101. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

102. In Darkness by Nick Lake

103. Nostradamus and Instant Noodles by John Larkin

104. Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore) by Ursula K. Leguin

105. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

106. Are We There Yet? by David Levithan

107. Every Day by David Levithan

108. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

109. Legend by Marie Lu

110. Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

111. Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch

112. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

113. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

114. I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent) by Barry Lyga

115. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

116. Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

117. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

118. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

119. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

120. Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

121. Planesrunner (Series) by Ian McDonald

122. The Silver Child by Cliff McNish

123. Railsea by China Mieville

124. Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward MIller

125. Hero by Perry Moore

126. Lost Property by James Moloney

127. Break by Hannah Moskowitz

128. Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

129. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

130. The King of Whatever by Kirsten Murphy

131. Ashfall (Series) by Mike Mullin

132. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

133. Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson

134. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) by Patrick Ness

135. Crazy by Han Nolan

136. A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

137. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

138. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

139. Airborn (Matt Cruise) by Kenneth Oppel

140. Hatchet (Brian’s Saga) by Gary Paulsen

141. Five Parts Dead by Tim Pegler

142. Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena

143. The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater

144. King Dork by Frank Portman

145. Nation by Terry Pratchett

146. After by Francine Prose

147. Blaze of Glory (The Laws of Magic) by Michael Pryor

148. Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

149. Under the Wolf, Under the Dog by Adam Rapp

150. Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

151. Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

152. Sons of the 613 by Michael Rubens

153. Spud by John van de Ruit

154. The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon

155. Maybe by Brent Runyon

156. Way to Go by Tom Ryan

157. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

158. Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjami Alire Saenz

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

160. Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon

161. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

162. Freefall by Mindi Scott

163. Revolver by Marcus Sedgewick

164. Scrawl by Mark Shulman

165. Unwind (Series) by Neal Shusterman

166. Intertwined (Series) by Gena Showalter

167. The God of War by Marisa Silver

168. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey69

169. Stitches by David Small

170. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

171. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

172. Freak Show by James St. James

173. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

174. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

175. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

176. Blankets by Craig Thompson

177. Coda (Series) by Emma Trevayne

178. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

179. The Thief (The Queen’s Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner

180. Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

181. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

182. Teen Angts? Naaah… by Ned Vizzini

183. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

184. I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver) by Dan Wells

185. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

186. The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin

187. Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

188. So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld**

189. Boy Kills Man by Matt Whyman

190. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

191. Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

192. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

193. Kerosene by Chris Wooding

194. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

195. Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

196. American Born Chinese (Graphic Novel) by Gene Luen Yang

197. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

198. Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

199. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

This list is obviously incomplete.  If you have any additions to suggest, please let me know in the comments.


8 responses to “Male YA

  1. Anne Beamish

    January 19, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has a male protagonist.

    • atsiko

      January 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Thanks for the info!

  2. what?

    June 6, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    Now what interests me the most is: Which of these are geared towards a female readership?

    • atsiko

      June 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      I didn’t really focus on that when creating the list.

  3. Jordan Michael Johnson

    July 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    A comprehensive list! I totally thought I was going to be able to come up with lots you missed, but I was only able to come up with two. And they’re spec fic!

    The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin

    A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence

    • atsiko

      July 21, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I wasn’t trying to be comprehensive, just help people know that it does exist. But thanks for the suggestions!

      I’m glad I seem to have hit most of the major ones.

  4. Olivia

    August 4, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Hi. 🙂 I noticed that you have Eon on here. (#65) The protagonist of the series is actually a girl disguised as a boy at first. (Not really a spoiler, it’s evident within the first few pages.) Hope this helps!

    • atsiko

      August 4, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Thanks for the note.


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