(some of the) dudes of YA

***CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS, VALERIE!!*** A year or so ago I copied and pasted a paragraph or two into one of those magical internet thingies. You know, the thingies that tell you your superpower or who you’re astrologically compatible with. This one gauged whether the person supplying a graph or two writes like a male or a female. My result? According to The Almighty Internet, I write like a boy. But guess what? There are a lot of authors out there who write like males because they are, in fact, men. I’ve noticed at YA events and panels that guy writers are often outnumbered by gal writers. I call myself lucky to be friends with several of said guy writers, and I thought I’d dedicate a post to introducing (or reintroducing) them to you. Because they all just happen to be pretty darn awesome. The great news is that each of these amazing authors has so generously donated one of his books, so not only is this a fun post but it’s also an AMAZING giveaway. Before midnight PST on Sunday July 22, 2012, please leave a comment either here or on Facebook about your favorite male author, and why, and you will be entered for a chance to win not one but FIVE books. (US only, please.) The package includes signed copies of The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, an ARC of The Infects by Sean Beaudoin, Lost Code by Kevin Emerson and an ARC of The Kill Order (out August 14) by James Dashner. Oh, and Revived, by yours truly, because even though I’m not a dude, apparently, I write like one. And now, all the way from Utah, California, Washington and Washington, here are (a small handful of) The Dudes of YA: Jay Asher The fictional character he might be sort of like: Colin Singleton in John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines Books: Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us, which was co-written by Carolyn Mackler Why he rocks: He makes the kind of jokes that your grandpa does, and his laugh is contagious. He’s one of the nicest and most humble people I’ve ever met (and his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list for two years!). Plus he wrote my number one most recommended book. If you haven’t read Thirteen Reasons Why, read it. It’s not only a great read, but it’s important. If you meet him, ask him about: Christmas. His adult-themed take on Pat the Bunny. Being the first to return his own novel to a bookstore. His appreciation for the state of Wyoming (go Wyo!). His least favorite pre-author job was… “McDonald’s. When I wasn’t at my job, I was playing in hard rock bands, so I had the required long hair. But we couldn’t have long hair at McDonald’s and work around ‘food’ (yes, the stuff you eat there implores you to put quotes around it), so I had to stuff my hair up under my hat. To better set the visual, I was also a skinny dude with the body of a pre-pubescent girl. One time, while sweeping the lobby, this little girl noticed my un-manly physique and my tucked-away hair and asked her mom, ‘Is that a girl?’ I quit just a few days after that.” Check Jay out online at: www.jayasher.blogspot.com   Sean Beaudoin The fictional character he might be sort of like: Quentin Coldwater in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Books: Going Nowhere Faster, Fade to Blue, You Killed Wesley Payne, and his upcoming The Infects about zombies (!!!), which is due out September 25. Why he rocks: He’s a guy who’s not afraid to wear lavender socks to a party, nor is he afraid to express his opinions. Loudly. And with lots of three syllable words. He’s someone who might tease you the second he meets you (in a good way), and I’m putting his name in the ballot box for the Smartest Person on Earth contest. If you meet him, ask him about: His intimate relationship with the dictionary. His views on ANYTHING. Wearing running shoes to parties. His hatred of Bruce Springsteen. The excessive number of vowels in his last name. Why he likes to call himself “Sam Harris.” The theme song of his lifetime is…“Detroit Rock City. Even though I’ve never been to Detroit. But I have rocked. Hard. Also, I’m a firm believer that any given theme song should have an extended bass solo. And at least one chorus that advises you to ‘move your feet.’” Get in touch with Sean online at: www.seanbeaudoin.com  james  James Dashner The fictional character he might be sort of like: Jasper Dent in Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers. Books: The Maze Runner series, The 13th Reality Series, the Jimmy Fincher series, and the upcoming Infinity Ring series (the first book comes out August 28) Why he rocks: He’s super-duper nice with a somewhat wicked sense of humor. He writes books that cater to both boys and girls, young and not so young. (I could not put down The Maze Runner.) He’s warm and welcoming and is just a genuinely good guy. If you meet him, ask him about: His mad skills on the drums. His obsession with Epiphany by Staind and Breaking Bad. Why he doesn’t have an accent even though he grew up in Georgia. His days as a number cruncher. Why he likes to run extremely long distances. Which he’s more excited to see: The Hobbit or The Dark Knight Rises. In high school, James was…“Most Likely to Succeed. I have the yearbook to prove it! (But I haven’t murdered anyone yet, the usual destiny of such an award winner.)” Please note the use of the word “yet.”  Check James out online at: www.jamesdashner.com Kevin Emerson The fictional character he might be sort of like: Sam Roth in Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Linger and Forever Books: The Oliver Nocturne series, Carlos is Gonna Get It, and the just-out Lost Code (first in the series, The Atlanteans) Why he rocks: Cause he does, literally. In addition to being an amazing writer, he fronts a kids’ band called The Board of Education—and he’s an awesome singer/songwriter (check out the video of him singing a song inspired by Lost Code on his site). He’s the kind of person you meet and are immediately friends with, and I swear we’ve lived parallel lives. If you meet him, ask him about…Arcade Fire (which record is the best). Whiskey. Atlantis. Nerdy stuff. Living in Boston. His love affair with Disneyland, and, related, how to give yourself vertigo on Thunder Mountain. His least favorite pre-author job was… “A bank teller for a year after college, in Brighton MA, a land of Russian retirees and stunning accents. It had all the makings of an awesome novel about a young hero in the mold of Jimmy Stewart: the bank teller girl with the constant black eyes who kept stealing money, the old overweight teller who by ten a.m. each day would label it ‘one of those days’ (I never quite determined what triggered this label), the over-his-head branch manager who still dreamed of a career in theater, the bleary eyed Irish security guard, and the love interest check-out girl at the Whole Foods across the street… except I was miserable there.” Give Kevin a shout online at: www.kevinemerson.net

29 Replies to “(some of the) dudes of YA”

  1. You write like a dude? How do dudes write? haha. Let’s see, my favorite male author….Jay Asher’s debut novel just blew me away, it was so beautiful! But oh there’s John Green. Oh, I know, David Levithan! he ALWAYS makes me laugh! there really aren’t enough male authors…Or enough books for boys. gah, i really want The Kill Order! And Kevin’s book was so much fun! Summer camp, weee! haha.

  2. I’ve never done one of those internet thingies, but I read a post recently where a guy was told he wrote like a chick. He thought it was funny.

    These are some awesome dudes of YA. I also enjoyed Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

  3. Let’s see. There are so many! Definitely Jay Asher. 13RW blew me away. And I just discovered James Dashner after having read Maze Runner about a week ago. I’d also throw Scott Westerfeld into the mix for his Uglies series. Go guys! You rock.

  4. I have followed Jay Asher since his book first debuted. Jay’s book continues to be an inspiration for students, both boy and girl, to read if they are dealing with bullying/suicide. I always refer to his book when I talk about the power of words with my students. It amazes my male students that a man wrote such a book from a girl’s point of view…and I think that alone is what gets them to read the book.

    I am also familiar with James Dashner’s works and look forward to reading the books of the other two authors.

    Thanks for this post!!!

  5. My favorite male author would probably be Terry Goodkind as his books are just absolutely amazing. But Dan Krokos, Nick James, James Dashner, and Scott Tracey are all up there as well. They all just write such amazing books.

  6. There are so many awesome authors out there–especially in YA literature. I am a fan of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reason’s Why and have even cut pieces from it to use in Oral Interp competitions. My 9th grade students fight over who gets to read it next… We have two copies in the library and I had two order two more for my classroom. I am always looking for new authors so I can put their books in the hands of my students as “Good readers make good writers!” I will be checking out Beaudoin, Dashner, Emerson, and Cat Patrick! Thanks for the heads up on great books!

  7. I have to admit I’m partial to Jay Asher. (Both 13 Reasons and The Future of Us were brilliant.)

    I’m always looking for excellent YA authors so I can read and recommend them to my middle schoolers…and my guys always appreciate if I have a few writer “dudes” on the list. 😉

  8. I love both Jay Asher’s books.

    My favorite, favorite YA guy author would have to be John Green. He writes the ultimate literary YA and always captures those intellectual funny lines you wish you could say.

  9. My favorite male author is John Green. I feel like it’s so easy to relate to his characters, even if we don’t have that much in common. I’m a big fan of James & Jay too though! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  10. I read A LOT of YA and love making recommendations to my students. Fortunately, these dudes make this really easy!

    I love Jay Asher and 13RW is at the top of my favorites. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is amazing. And Neal Shusterman is one of my favorite dude YA authors, and Unwind is my favorite Shusterman book. I’m planning to dive into The Maze Runner this weekend.

  11. I think that Sean Beaudoin has to be the best male writer. He’s hilarious and his articles on the Weeklings are bold and true and make me feel like he is all knowing which is a little creepy, but also not short of completely awesome.

  12. I loved this! So great to hear from the dudes. 🙂

    One of my favorite male writers is Brandon Sanderson. His creativity blows me away!

  13. I have to vote for David Levithan. At least this week. Although Brian Katcher is right up there, too, for me. I think I will always have a copy of Will Grayson next to my copy of Almost Perfect on ye olde bookshelf!

  14. Loved 13RW by Jay Asher….also love anything by John Green or David Levithan. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

  15. My favorite male author is Christopher Pike because he’s an amazing author that keeps you guessing at all times. (;

  16. As a female educator, I often find myself gravitating towards female protagonists or books written by female authors. I have realized that I need to make sure that I am sharing novels with my students that have male protagonists and books written by male authors. Therefore, I need to expose myself to more of these books.

    I just finished reading “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher and loved it. I was planning on reading it for my plane ride to Scotland but ended up finishing it before I left for my trip. I am looking forward to reading “The Future of Us.”

    I tend to favor local authors as well being that I am a Minnesotan. I’ve enjoyed learning more about John Coy and Kurtis Scaletta as writers and authors.

  17. As unoriginal as it may seem, my favorite male author will ALWAYS be Stephen King. His stories always allowed me to disappear to somewhere other than my horrific high school experience. I am forever indebted to him.

  18. I really can’t choose between James Dashner and John Green. They both have their own amazing and unique styles of writing and I honestly can’t compare the two.

  19. One of my favorite male authors is Christopher Paolini. The Eragon Inheritance books are some of my favorites by a male author. And the fact that he started writing Eragon when he was 15 and in high school is amazing! I like how even though his series is about a boy and a dragon, they are very relatable characters and the emotional connection with the reader to Eragon and Saphira is instantaneous.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway Cat! I’m always on the lookout for male YA authors – it’s nice to see how men think. 🙂

  20. One of my favorite male authors is Charles Dickens. Love his stories still.
    Jerry Spinelli.
    Andrew Clements.
    James Dashner.
    Cat Patrick (You are a dudette who writes like a dude) (LOL)

    LOVED the info on each of the dudes. Very telling/interesting/funny. I want to do a post like this one!

    THANKS for the giveaway too! All of the books sound awesome!

  21. Okay, first of all how do they even judge how a person writes like a guy or a girl. What is the criteria??? Second of all I think all these guys sound awesome and really cool! I think that I have to pick two favorite male writers and they are John Green and Ransom Riggs. I like John Green because “Te Fault in Our Stars” was an amazing book that made me laugh and cry and all those other emotions;) I like Ransom Riggs because first of all he has an awesome name and second of all really liked “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” because it was a really cool book! I’m going to find that writing test because I still just don’t get it…

  22. My favorite male author is John Sandford. I began reading him years ago when I purchased on of the Prey novels on clearance and simply had to have all the others after reading that one! His was the first series I ever read. I’ve now read many series and enjoy them but his was my first! 🙂

  23. My favorite male author is Jeff Hirsch. He is only one of the few. His debut novel, The Eleventh Plague, is completely amazing and I fell in love with the writing. The writing was very atmospheric and just simply amazing. I fell in love with The Eleventh Plague and his next novel is coming out soon! 🙂 I can’t spell it though >.< Pathetic, I know.

  24. My favorite male author would either be John Green (I adored his book The Fault in Our Stars… Yeah the girl who was sitting in Accounting class sobbing while reading that book… well that was me) or Jay Asher (I loved both of his book so much!) or Scott Westerfeld (not only did he write the amazing series Uglies but I loved this Leviathan series!)

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