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Is This the Real Life? YA Books with Multiple Perspectives

One of my favorite types of books in the contemporary genre is the dual or multi-narrative. I’m sure I will revisit this topic again in future posts about contemporary YA fiction, but these were the first five titles that popped into my head when I started to make my list. I know I am missing a lot, so maybe this will just be part one?

Will GraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (2011 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults and 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Told from the point of view of two Will Graysons whose lives change drastically when they meet. Both Wills are trying to find their way, and share how their lives are affected by knowing one Tiny Cooper, who is not tiny in any sense of the word.

Clean by Amy Reed (2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers)

Five different points of view from teens while in rehab. They are forced together to face their demons, their sobriety, and who they are without the addiction.

thefutureofusThe Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Josh and Emma have been neighbors and best friends for their entire lives, then things got awkward. It’s 1996 and AOL is still king, so when Josh gets an extra disc in the mail he gives it to Emma to install. Once they do, they are logged on to Facebook…15 years in the future. They are given a rare opportunity to fix their future…now.

Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon

Charlie is a “freak” who has his head in the clouds and Gloria seems to be the girl who is a “magnet” for such freaks. Gloria is ready to write him off in her “freak folio” but Charlie is different. Soon their lives are intertwined as they each deal with love and loss.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Elizabeth and Lauren are roommates, or will be once they get to college. What starts off as a simple introduction email- who is bringing the fridge, etc.- soon turns into a confessional as both girls navigate the summer before college and all the changes that may happen.

-Faythe Arredondo, currently reading a bunch of different things!