Many books, or even TV shows and movies these days, are centered on a particular character or a particular point of view. Just look at how many books are published in the first person. We see the dystopias of The Hunger Games and Divergent through Katniss and Tris’ eyes, and it is Hazel who tells us the story of her romance with Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars. From Melinda in Speak to Titus in Feed, young adult literature is full of characters telling us their stories.
But for every story, there is another side. Think of how altered The Fault in Our Stars would be if it were told by Gus instead of Hazel – we’d see a totally different take on the same story. What if instead of Titus, we heard about the world of Feed from Violet? While we would have to read or write some fan-fiction to answer those questions about these particular books, there are plenty of books out there that allow us to see two – or often, many more – sides to the stories they are telling.
So this month’s book display features books that have two or more points of view. In Legend by Marie Lu, you can see June’s pursuit of Day from both their perspectives – letting us see why someone would pursue as doggedly as June, as well as why Day became the criminal he is. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry gives us a peek into the minds of both Echo and Noah as their romance develops, so we the audience know why Echo hides, why Noah is angry, and how they really feel about each other. In Code Name Verity not only do we get to see Maddie and Julie’s friendship from both their points of view, but Maddie’s narration gives us insight into what Julie wasn’t saying in her confession, making the two person narration both important for the characters and their relationship as well as for the plot and mystery.
So whether you’re looking for a third person narration that delves into the minds of several characters, like The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, or are curious about how two boys with the same name come together like in Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, whether you want to see what happens from the points of view of a whole group of beauty queens stranded on an island in Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, or simply want to see how two characters view their unfolding romance in He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander, stop by the Teen Scene and experience for yourself both – or more – sides of the story!