I'm having an issue on what to call my MC. He is around 14 years old in a school in grade 9. I often call him as "boy" but I realize that can make the reader confused about his age - which I don't state directly. I don't want to keep referring to him as a "young man" all the time either, since I want to highlight his immaturity somehow. My question is then - is it ok to refer to him more as a "boy"? How much is the word "boy" associated with childhood rather than gender? Also, if it is confusing to call him boy, what else could I call him? Youth, young man, adolescent...? (They don't sound as nicely in a sentence than "boy" does in my opinion).