I recently read a blog that stated that boys in middle school (and high school, but I'm writing more for middle school) don't like to read books with female protagonists. Hopefully girls will like my book, too, but my target audience is middle school boys, and I'm concerned this might affect getting published and making sales. I have three questions: 1) Do you think this is this really true, that boys do not like to read books with female protagonists? I would especially like to hear from boys in middle school and high school, but I of course want to hear from everybody. 2) If it is true, WHY is it? Is it because adolescent boys want to assert their masculinity, and that reading from a girl's perspective might make them uncomfortable? Or is it because most YA books with female MC's are written by female authors, and possibly written for a female audience? 3) Even if this is all true, do you think me being male and writing for a male audience has any mitigating effect?