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Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature

Sara K. Day


By examining the novels of critically and commercially successful authors such as Sarah Dessen (Someone Like You), Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight series), and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak), this book explores the use of narrative intimacy as a means of reflecting and reinforcing larger, often contradictory, cultural expectations regarding adolescent women, interpersonal relationships, and intimacy. It explains the construction of narrator–reader relationships in recent American novels written about, and marketed to, adolescent women. The author explains, though, that such levels of imagined fri ... More

Keywords: commercially successful authors, Sarah Dessen, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Laurie Halse Anderson, narrative intimacy, cultural expectations, adolescent women, interpersonal relationships, intimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617038112
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara K. Day, author