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Five Unreliable Narrators

Invisible by Pete Hautman – You can tell from the start something’s a little off about Doug, but the secret he’s hiding is so big even he might not be able to cope with it.

A Fast and Brutal Wing by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson – The line between reality and imagination is so blurred in this tale of one bloody Halloween night that you’re never quite sure who to believe, and how far.

Evernight by Claudia Gray – There’s one very important detail about Bianca’s life that she doesn’t mention until about halfway through — and if you guess what it is beforehand, you’re a sharper reader than I.

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan – Nick doesn’t mean to be unreliable — in fact, he doesn’t lie at all — it’s just there’s so much he doesn’t know in his world of magicians and demons, he can’t help it.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier – Micah, on the other hand, freely admits she’s a liar. But just this once, she promises to come clean and tell the whole truth. Really, you can trust her this time. Or can you?

Who are your favorite unreliable narrators (YA or otherwise)?

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 25th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to reading LIAR, now that I know she's an unreliable narrator. I don't like surprises like that, in all honesty. Funny how I didn't think Nick was that unreliable...;) In some ways, Gen is an unreliable narrator in THE THIEF, but I like him regardless :)
Sep. 26th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, Nick *thought* he was being reliable, but a lot of what he tells people/the reader turns out not to be true--which is part of the fun of the book! :) And yes, Gen does skirt around the full truth quite a bit.
Sep. 26th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
I loved Evernight! I was really impressed that when it got to the middle I was completely surprised. When I recommend it to people who are skeptical (another vampire book? they say) I tell them that it is a reverse vampire book and they'll understand halfway through. Each one of them has come away amazed that the book actually sneak attacks you like it does.
Sep. 26th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was impressed, too--because I'd heard that there was a big twist in the middle, and so I was watching for it and guessing at what it was, but I was still totally surprised!
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