New Ways to Read

As technology continues to evolve, we continue to adapt to it. eReaders and audio-books are the movement towards a new method of reading, but now the novel is beginning to evolve as well. More and more stories incorporate text messages, emails, and Facebook posts as vehicles for their story to develop. Mixed media novels are adding a little spice into the book industry, pushing the known boundaries of what the reader is accustomed to and trying new things. We can only wait and see where this new interlacing of literature and technology will take us.

Here are some YA novels written in an unconventional manner or that incorporate some form of tech into the plot:

1)

by Madeleine Roux

by Madeleine Roux

Innovative and chilling, ASYLUM relates the story of Dan Crawford and the terrifying happenings in the hospital turned boarding house he is living in for the duration of his summer program. The author amplifies the horrors through the use of old photographs of the hospital and the mysterious letters left for Dan to discover.

2)

by Rainbow Rowell

by Rainbow Rowell

FANGIRL depicts the act of growing up and learning to leave childhood behind, something the protagonist, Cath, has trouble with as she enters college. Cath is an avid fanfiction writer, her stories and others embedded into the novel, helping demonstrate the difficulty in letting go of what we know and love.

3)

by David Levithan

by David Levithan

A relationship told only in dictionary entries, THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY does away with the typical rules of novel-writing and instead focuses more on the words that describe the crazy feeling that is love.

4)

by Eric Luper

by Eric Luper

Podcasting has slowly been gaining popularity and here comes SETH BAUMGARTNER’S LOVE MANIFESTO, a funny and original take on the woes of love with the extra help of podcasting and music.

5)

by Elizabeth Laban

by Elizabeth Laban

Voices can cross generations. THE TRAGEDY PAPER joins the lives of present day senior Duncan Meade and past senior Tim Macbeth, through the CDs where Tim finally reveals the truth through his recorded voice.

6)

by David Handler

by David Handler

It is rare to find a novel that uses colored pictures within its pages. Each chapter contains a hand drawn depiction of the reasons WHY WE BROKE UP as explained by Min Green.

7)

by Jaclyn Moriarty

by Jaclyn Moriarty

Told only through letters, emails, and notes, THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS leaves much to interpretation, but gives enough to keep the readers engaged and a part of the action.

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