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Booklist: Multiple Narrators

July 13th, 2016 (08:10 am)
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There are two sides to every story - or three, or four, or more. Here are more than a dozen stories for pre-teens, teens, and adults which employ multiple narrators, listed alphabetically by author:

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer (classmates)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (classmates)
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (best friends)
Never Mind! by Avi and Rachel Vail (twins)
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway (sisters)
Just Flirt by Laura Bowers (enemies)
Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough (guardian and charge)
Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell (sisters)
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (acquaintances become friends)
When It Happens by Susane Colasanti (classmates, then...)
Take Me There by Susane Colasanti (friends)
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko (classmates)
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (strangers at first)
Naomi & Ely's No-Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (friends)
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (strangers at first)
Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman (relatives, neighbors, classmates)
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis (grandmother and granddaughter)
Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis (foster sisters)
The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee (classmates)
To Be Mona by Kelly Easton (classmates)
Dirty Laundry by Daniel Ehrenhaft (classmates)
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles (antagonists, then...)
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth (organ donor and recipient)
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin (coworkers)
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante (best friends)
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (classmates)
Split Image by Mel Glenn (classmates)
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes (classmates)
Hit by Lorie Ann Grover (student and teacher)
Takeoffs and Landings by Margaret Peterson Haddix (siblings)
Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (classmates)
- Burn for Burn
- Fire with Fire
- Ashes to Ashes
Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger (classmates)
The Drake Chronicles (series) by Alyxandra Harvey (best friends - one's a vampire)
Identical by Ellen Hopkins (twins)
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (patients)
Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes (classmates)
A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin (best friends)
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab (classmates)
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel (classmates, then...)
Feathered by Laura Kasischke (best friends)
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (relatives)
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (friends)
Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles (friends, classmates, siblings, neighbors, more)
Going Under by Kathe Koja (siblings)
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss (friends)
The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss (classmates)
Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss (classmates)
Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney (3 generations of teen girls)
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (classmates)
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan (schoolmates)
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan (brothers)
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (friends/co-workers)
Leap Day by Wendy Mass (classmates)
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass (new friends)
The Sisters Club series by Megan McDonald (sisters)
- The Sisters Club
- The Sisters Club: The Rule of Three
- The Sisters Club: Cloudy With a Chance of Boys
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (best friends)
The Secret Language of Girls and its sequel, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Dowell (best friends who grow apart)
Amity by Micol Ostow (residents of the same house, 10 years apart)
Jersey Tomatoes are the Best by Maria Padian (best friends)
A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou (two girls connected through a book)
Harmless by Dana Reinhardt (friends)
34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (friends and sisters)
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder (classmates, then...)
To Feel Stuff by Andrea Seigel (two college students at the school infirmary and an M.D.) [Note: Adult fiction]
The Swap by Megan Shull (classmates)
The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith (classmates, siblings, and friends)
This is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone (siblings)
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone (schoolmates)
Give A Boy A Gun by Todd Strasser (schoolmates, teachers, etc.)
Hung Up by Kristen Tracy (strangers, then friends)
The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld (bandmates)
Afterworlds by by Scott Westerfeld (a writer and her protagonist - but the two worlds do not meet/crossover)
Under the Light by Laura Whitcomb (ghost and host)
Leftovers by Laura Wiess (best friends)
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia (classmates)
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (two teenage girls)
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando (two college-bound girls)
Anyone But You by Lara M. Zeises (raised like siblings)

Note: Jodi Picoult, whose novels often have teenage protagonists but are shelved in adult fiction, typically have multiple narrators.

Comments

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
oz-brainy

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I remember really liking the narrative style of that.

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Also really good use of multiple narrators.

As I Lay Dying by Faulkner.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)

Yes - I almost put MSK on here! Did you hear about the movie? They've changed the ages because they wanted the Fanning sisters.

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
willow-huh

I DIDN'T hear that; I didn't even know there was going to be a movie. I won't care too much if they change the ages as long as they stay true to the story itself.

I really love multiple-narrator stories. It makes the book seem that much fuller.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)

It will be interesting to see whether or not they retain multiple POVs via voiceovers or something like that...

Posted by: theyayayas.wordpress.com (ext_75513)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)

Also The Poison Apples by Lily Archer and Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde and maybe Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby, even though it uses one first person and one third person POV?

Trisha

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)

:) The Poison Apples is on my just-checked-out-from-the-library shelf, and the other two are on my to-read list. That totally counts for me. Feathered has first-person and third-person too.

Posted by: boothyisawesome (boothyisawesome)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)

I forgot about Another Kind of Cowboy until someone mentioned it- anyway, you'll love it, LW. :) It's a fantastic book.

I'd also like to add Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and X In Flight by Karen Rivers (that one has 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd person POV, lol). Oh, and would Meg Cabot's Boy books count?

Great list!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)

Good to hear. I've enjoyed Juby's Alice MacLeod books.

I have yet to read Hopkins or Rivers, or Meg's Boy line.

I thought of 13RY last night as well - Adding now!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 22nd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)

I'd add two more: Dream Factory and Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler!

-Mollie
http://teentroves.com/blog

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)

Thanks!

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