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Social Media In YA Plots

It’s part of our lives. It’s part of our stories. Be it an app or an email, social media is all around us. Even in some of the best YA.

Check out these books that weave social media into their plots.

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My Life As A Hashtag by Gabrielle Williams

A funny, heartfelt novel for anyone who’s ever wished they hadn’t pressed send.


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One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

This multi POV crime thriller centres on the death of Simon – the creator of a High school gossip app. He had plans to expose various people. So now they all have a motive.

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When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Vaughn agrees to pretend to be troubled pop star Oakley’s girlfriend in return for enough money to put her brothers through college. Surely she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges? But what happens when she not only fools the paparazzi and the groupies but also herself?

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Girl Online Series  by Zoe Sugg

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. Butwhen going viral threatens not only her lovelife but her relationship with her best friend, things are getting out of hand.

Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda

Simon Vs The Homo Sapien Agenda by Becki Albertalli

In the Victorian classics the plot would sometimes hinge on a lost letter. In this book, it is an email to the wrong address. The email threatens to push Simon out of his comfort zone and makes his relationships just a bit more messy and complicated!

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Risk by Fleur Ferris

Taylor and Sierra are best friends. Sierra has fallen in love with someone online and goes to meet up with him. But then she doesn’t come back. Can they find her before it’s too late?

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Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger

It’s a fine line between fan and obsessive. And in this case, it can turn deadly.

How do you include social media in your stories?




I LOVE social-media YA. I’ve only read two from that list, but some of my personal favs are:
- Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
- Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
- Internet Famous by Danika Stone

5th Jun, 18
julianne Centre for Youth Literature

Thanks for that list otaku!Do you like social media YA because it reflects life? Is it the possible miscommunication and social exposure is a big fear in YA life?

6th Jun, 18

In reply to julianne

Absolutely! I love all the plots between miscommunication, talking about important issues regarding cyber bullying, and I love that it also generally changes the format and layout of the physical book!

6th Jun, 18
julianne Centre for Youth Literature

Also have added those books to the Inside a Dog book database!

6th Jun, 18

In reply to julianne

Thank you for that! :)))

6th Jun, 18

All of these sound like great books. Added to my TBR!

8th Jun, 18