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All right, and now, this veteran English teacher weighs in on which of the listed books a junior high school boy is likely to read and why.
A. The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill. I've never had a boy have a problem with this. A girl warrior who trains with werewolves? Super guy-friendly stuff. Plus, look at the cover: she's wearing armor and carrying knives. That rocks in the opinions of the average 12-year-old male.
B. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Hugely popular book. Why is it guy-friendly? Well, the cover is gender-neutral and the story is about a battle for survival. This hooks in lots of boys.
C. The Selection by Kiera Cass. The cover features a girl in a prom dress. No boy wants to carry this around. And it's about mean girls and a beauty pageant? Super guy-fail stuff. No way.
D. Scarlet by AG Gaughien. Yeah, there's a pretty girl on the cover -- but she's holding a wicked-looking knife. And it's a Robin Hood story about thieves and adventure. Most boys would find this non-embarassing and guy-friendly.
E. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Okay, so maybe Cinderella's a mechanic and an android -- both of which are guy-friendly -- but it's still about getting the prince, and it has a high-heeled red shoe on the cover, which is just not what a 12-year-old boy usually wishes to carry around in school. This one is a guy-fail book.
F. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This has an assassin, which is guy-friendly, but it focuses on romance, which is not guy-friendly to 12-year-olds. Trust me. And, yes, there's a crossbow on the cover, but it's hard to see; the focus is on a pretty girl and her dress. Dresses and romance -- guy-fail.
Sure, the occasional boy will pick these up. I had 2 7th-grade boys a couple of years ago, who made it a challenge to read all the "girliest" books on my lists. And they liked them just fine. But these were two particularly mature boys, and they were doing it as a challenge, together. That made a difference. Most boys that age are put off by overly girly covers and by heavy-on-the-romance stories.
Thus, what I'd like to tell all those who believe the two popular authors spreading lies is: ladies, it's NOT the teachers that are making certain books guy-unfriendly. If you're going to put in lots of girls drooling over hunky guys and if you're going to put frilly dresses on the covers, you're making the books guy-unfriendly before a teacher ever has a look at them. So back off, already. It's your own bloody fault; stop blaming the teachers for this one.