Want to hear something awesome about the books I’ve been reading lately?
They don’t revolve around a woman being in love with a man who has saved her, or anything of the sort. And that is KICK ASS, y’all. But it does make it difficult to choose a book boyfriend for Man Crush Monday. So I’m going to buck convention a little bit and talk about two book crushes I’ve been having in the last month.
First, Tristan Betterby, from Jerkbait.
Tristan was the narrator of Mia Siegert’s debut novel Jerkbait, but I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call him the main character. The whole story was about Robbie, Tristan’s twin brother. The two boys were vastly different in characterization, but I felt for them both throughout the book. Robbie was obviously troubled, depressed and suicidal and fighting with his sexuality, even though he knew who he was and what he wanted from his life. He drove the story forward and made it interesting. But Tristan was quiet in his own little rebellion. He didn’t love hockey, so he quit. He wanted to perform in musicals, so he auditioned. He dumped a toxic friendship in order to protect his family, and he was able to realize the feelings he had for a friend and act on them. Tristan showed a solid character arc in the book, and by the end, I was a little in love with him. I love a good story about someone finding himself (or herself), about realizing they were a good person the whole time. Jerkbait is one of those stories.
If you’re interested in Jerkbait, you can check out my week of posts about it on the Diverse/Lady Book Project site. Direct links are here: Motivation Monday, Tuesday Shoesday, First Line Last Word, Thankful Thursday, Issues Friday, Book Review.
Second, Danny Toske, from Dreadnought.
Danny is the narrator, MC, and kickass heroine in April Daniels’ debut YA superhero novel, Dreadnought. And she’s a queer trans girl, which makes the whole story so much more interesting. It didn’t take me long to fall a little bit in love with her as we watched her find her own strength and power throughout the book. She has issues with her parents that mirror the issues that Robbie and Tristan had with their parents, and she was a product of abuse throughout her entire life at the hands of her father. But she overcame. She transitioned. She conquered. And I loved her for that. Plus, she’s a badass superhero! Who wouldn’t love that?
If you’re interested in Dreadnought, you can check out my week of posts about it on the Diverse/Lady Book Project site. Direct links are here: Motivation Monday, Tuesday Shoesday, First Line Last Word, Thankful Thursday. Review and Issues post to come (traveling for work has made it difficult for me to keep up with my blogging)!
Do you have crushes on any of the characters you’ve been reading about lately? Let me know, either on Twitter or in the comments!