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Epistolary Novels

Epistolary is one of those words that gets tossed around that sounds too fancy or serious to have anything to do with real life. But if you like books that are written in letters, diaries, IMs or tweets, then you already know about this type of novel.

Epistolary [ih-pis-tl-er-ee] novels once were simply novels written in letters between characters or a character's diary.  But as the world moved into the internet age, the meaning has adapted to include all different mediums, includings tweets, texts and emails. Blogs, newspaper clippings and various other documents are usually included too.

I enjoy reading novels like this.  I find them to be quick and engaging reads that really let you get to know many different characters.  Seeing the world through multiple eyes (except in the case where the book is just one character's diary of course) makes everything seem more tangible and real.  So, here's a list of epistolary novels to get you started.  This list is definitely not ALL of the novels, but it's a good start if you're interested!

Feeling Sorry for Celia (Jaclyn Moriarty)
The Year of Secret Assignments (Jaclyn Moriarty)
The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie (Jaclyn Moriarty)
The Ghosts of Ashbury High (Jaclyn Moriarty)
ttyl (Lauren Myracle)
ttfn
(Lauren Myracle)
l8r, g8r (Lauren Myracle)
Chaser (Michael Rosen)
Tweet Heart (Elizabeth Rudnick)
iDrakula (Bekka Black)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Series by Ann Brashares)
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Alexie Sherman)
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (Louise Rennison)
Life As We Knew It (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
The Dead and the Gone (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
This World We Live In  (Susan Beth Pfeffer)

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