Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Day in the Life: Boys in Books

Okay...I'll admit that I've been sitting here since about Wednesday trying to figure out what I was going to post today. I'm not a mom, so I know nothing about a day in the life of teenage boys (although, my friend Mel sent me an awesome e-mail about the many variations of farting that her teenage boys go through over the course of the day), I thought I would simply post about my favorite fictional boys and what they go through in a day.

First book I've got to start with is TWILIGHT.

Stephanie Meyer does a great job painting Edward Cullen in such a vivid way that you feel everything he's going through on a daily basis. Because of him being a vampire, he has to live in cloudy environment to help shade the sun from him. He also has to hide his vampiric ways from his classmates and the townspeople. Edward is such a beautiful, tortured soul. But he loves Bella without pause.

Next, I have to say how much I love the boys in Jenn Echols' THE BOYS NEXT DOOR.

Lori has been crushing on Sean for forever, but his little brother, Adam, is the true boy for her. A day in the life for them is hanging out at the lake water boarding. Jenn does such an amazing job writing the emotions the Lori is struggling with thinking she's getting the guy of her dreams while being swept away by the guy she's always dreamed about. Jenn Echols can write a kissing scene...let me tell you what!

And finally, our own Simone Elkeles' LEAVING PARADISE.

Caleb is a hero among heros. Most of all, he's deeply flawed...but that's what makes you love him so much. See, Caleb served time for a car accident that left Maggie crippled. When Caleb comes back to town, it's torture for Maggie...until the two of them find each other. A day in the life consists of trying to catch up on his life that he's missed, as well as being over-protective of Maggie, due to her injury. It's a beautiful love story and Caleb leaps off the page as 3D hero.

So, who are your favorite boy heroes? Let us know!

Marley = )

SORORITY 101: Zeta or Omega? (May 2008, Puffin Books)
SORORITY 101: The New Sisters (May 2008, Puffin Books)
GHOST HUNTRESS Series (Begins May 2009, Houghton Mifflin)


TinaFerraro said...

Wonderful choices of stellar boy heroes!

And how about Rand from Steph Hale's REVENGE OF THE HOMECOMING QUEEN series? And Ishaan from HOW TO SALSA IN A SARI? I realize that these are books from our Buzz girls, but in both cases, the guys jump from the pages!

Anonymous said...

Out of all the boys that you have chosen for the boy heroes in books that I think is the best is Caleb Becker from Leaving Paradise. I have read Leaving Paradise a million times before and I never get tired of reading the book a million times. Anyways just wanted to let you know I hope Simone Elkeles makes a sequel to Leaving Paradise or her How To books (not on how to do something its the beginning title of first and sequel book.)

Anonymous said...

above comment from Susan

Jennifer Echols said...

Marley, thx so much for the shout out! I love being in a list with Simone and Stephanie!

Anonymous said...

my brother is a known farter. i think it's a teenager thing. i hope he outgrows it.

Simone Elkeles said...

Thanks SO much for talking about Caleb Becker and Leaving Paradise! I LOVED writing Caleb, and think he's an amazing hero (who is flawed, but who isn't).

I do love strong male characters!