Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m so thrilled to participate in the Sunday Street Team blog tour for Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character Almost as Awesome as Me! This book was an absolute delight to read. Check out my review below!

About the Book

33799449Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character Almost as Awesome as Me

Author: Carrie Ann DiRisio

Pub. Date: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Skypony Press

Ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend?
Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre,  his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed.


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My Review


Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character Almost as Awesome as Me reads like part satirical writing guide and part YA narrative. The combination of the two elements is funny, entertaining, and an absolute delight to read.

This book is the perfect read for writers and book bloggers. Broody brilliantly points out some major tropes and plot devices in YA fiction, and while the tone is light and satirical, it also sheds some light on things that are done frequently in YA fiction, both the things that are done really well and the things that need to be done better.

I really enjoyed the narrative of Broody and his Evil Ex-girlfriend. In fact, I found the two of them so entertaining, my one criticism of this book would be that I would have loved more of them!

Beneath the humor and the wonderfully silly storyline, Carrie Ann DiRisio has included some really important social commentary that everyone, not just those of us in the book community, need to be more aware of.

To add an extra layer of fun to this book, there are quizzes, diagrams, and illustrations that readers are sure to enjoy.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and review this book. It definitely gave me some critical insight into the books that I’m reading every day, and I can’t wait to see more from author Carrie Ann DiRisio!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author


Carrie Ann DiRisio is a YA writer and creator of @BroodingYAHero. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with one large fluffy cat, and is currently pursuing her masters in business, although her true dream is to become a Disney Villainess, complete with a really snazzy gown.

In addition to writing and plans for world domination, she also enjoys running, coffee, Krav Maga, and knitting.

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Thanks so much to Sunday Street Team for having me on this tour! Be sure to check out all the other incredible blog posts below!

10/1 Tour Stops

Guest Post Illustrator – Bay In Wonderland

Interview  – When Curiosity Killed The Cat

Review – Bri’s Book Blog

Review – YA and Wine


10/8  Tour Stops

Guest Post – Awkwordly Emma

Interview by Illustrator –Books N Calm

Review – Lollipop’s Books

Review – Left Handed Book Lover


10/15  Tour Stops

Excerpt – Next Page Please

Guest Post Illustrator – Bookishly Thinking

Interview – Book Stacks Amber

Review – Mikayla’s Book Shelf


10/22 Tour Stops

Guest Post – The Heart of a Book Blogger

Interview Illustrator –  The Petite Book Blogger

Review – The Bibliophile Confessions

Guest Post Author – Curly Hair Bibliophile


10/29  Tour Stops

Guest Post Illustrator – Fafa’s Book Corner

Interview – Tween 2 Teen Books

Review – Roecker Reviews

Interview Illustrator – Pondering The Prose

Have you pre-ordered your copy of this wonderfully broody book yet? Who is your all time favorite brooding YA hero?

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  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oh this sounds even better than expected! I can’t wait to read Broody’s book myself – and there are activities?? :O OMG how adorable is that??
    Amazing review, Krysti! And I’m glad the only criticism is that you’d like more of it xD

  2. Azia says:

    Oh this book sounds like a fun and interactive experience. Very clever way to construct a story! And I love how the author finds a way to both entertain and enlighten us. Nothing I love more than satire haha. Now that you’ve brought it to my attention, I’d love to read this one some day! Great review, Krysti 😀

  3. RAIN @ The Withering says:


    OH, and before I leave, I must….I must..I must….I MUST TELL YOU HOW FUCKING BEAUTIFUL YOUR BLOG IS! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 LOOOOOOVVVEEEE IT. ☺☺

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It really is so much fun! I laughed so much while I was reading it!

      Hahaha. Oh my gosh. Thank you so much!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Aditi says:

    Hi Krysti,

    Thanks so much for being awesome and reviewing this book for the SST Blog Tour. I’m so glad you liked it and your review makes me so much more excited to read the book myself!


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I do too! It was so fun to poke fun at some of the more common tropes we see. I had a great time reading it. Thanks so much, Mandy! ❤️

  5. TeacherofYA says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book…I gave my signed ARC to Kester bc Carrie said she’d send me a copy. I feel bad asking her again but hopefully when things slow down for her, she’ll send me a copy for the class. I think it’s a cute-sounding book and I loved the bookmarks! A friend even sent me a Paranormal Broody postcard and the art is adorable!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh wow! That was incredibly generous of you! It is perfect for a classroom, so I hope you get a copy soon! The paranormal Broody is my favorite! 😍😍😍

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