So today in this first blog post (in hopefully a series of blog posts to do with psychology and YA!) I wanted to talk about some of my favourite authors who write about identity.
I really all of the books of Luisa Plaja's that I've read... they're all funny and interesting with great characters and relationships. But in particular, I really love Split By A Kiss and Swapped By A Kiss books.
Split By A Kiss is the story of a girl who has just moved to the US from the UK and is facing this massive choice after the hottest boy in school kisses her. Does she carry on hanging out with the popular crowd or reject him and be true to her nerdy self? In that decisive moment, Jo's story splits into two, Sliding-Doors style. And in the process of working through the highs and lows of both decisions, she finds out more about herself and what's important.
And in Swapped By A Kiss, as the title suggests, the story revolves around a body-swap between two very different girls - Jo and Rachel - after another very monumental kiss! It's such a great book and it explores identity in a very fun way!
I loved the combination of humour and romance in Luisa's books and also how they've always made me think as well.
I adore Sophia Bennett's books. I've only read the first book in the Threads trilogy so far but 2014 is definitely the year that I will finish this series. It's really The Look and You Don't Know me that I wanted to talk about in this blog post anyway. I love the way in which identity is a central aspect of both of these books.
In The Look, we get to see how much Ted Trout's appearance plays a big part in her confidence and how she sees herself. I loved that Ted's inner warrior princess makes an appearance and helps Ted. I also really love her relationship with her sister, Ava.
And in You Don't Know Me, there's so much about how influential friendships are and not letting what other people online and in real life affect your friendships or the person that you are. In this book, Sasha is always trying to make the best of a bad situation and I loved witnessing her take back some control over the cyber-bullying she faces and turns them into moving song lyrics.
Laura Jarratt is definitely a recent author that has been added to my favourites list and this is mostly because of how beautiful and emotional her writing style is but also because of the way in which identity is addressed in her books.
In Skin Deep, both main characters, Jenna and Ryan are facing difficult times with how they appear to other people. Jenna because of her scars after being in an accident and Ryan faces judgement because he is a traveller. I especially loved how much Jenna's confidence grows throughout the book and how much her relationship with Ryan helps her to realise that she is more than just the scars that are left on her body.
And By Any Other Name is all about different aspects of identity - Holly is forced into the witness protection programme after witnessing a crime and in doing so much start over somewhere new, with a new name and a different family background to the one she knew. In her new school, Holly tries on different personality traits and behaviours. Is a person who they are because of a name? or because of their personal history? or is it down to choices and behaviours? I love how much identity is explored in this book and especially how other secondary characters reinforce this as well.
Laura Jarratt, Sophia Bennett and Luisa Plaja are three of my favourite authors and I will always be excited to read their books!
Are there any books you've read recently that has explored identity in a really great way?