In honor of our Instagram Challenge this month I've put together a list of fiction titles that relate to social media.
Recommendations for Adults:
Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla (Sept 2015)
In a time when everyone is obsessed with and defined by their online personas, this clever and sharp novel by Nikesh Shukla dares readers to question who they actually are when they're not on Facebook but rather face to face.
Suffering humiliating setbacks for her overuse of social media, a Manhattan lawyer resolves to live life without her smartphone and makes a haphazard transition to relationships not dominated by tweets, texts and posts.
What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate - on Facebook?
Recommendations for Teens:
Need by Joelle Charbonneau (Nov 2015)
In this suspenseful thriller, teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need... regardless of the consequences.
Awkward by Marni Bates (Jan 2012)
When a humiliating accident at school is captured on video and posted on the Internet, clumsy Mackenzie is turned into an overnight internet sensation, and is sucked into the world of rock stars, paparazzi, and worldwide popularity.
Unfriended by Rachel Vail (Sept 2014)
When thirteen-year-old Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table, she finds herself caught in a web of lies and misunderstandings, made inescapable by the hyperconnected world of social media.
#Scandal by Sarah Ockler (June 2015)
When pictures of Lucy kissing her best friend's boyfriend emerge on the world of social media, she becomes a social pariah after the scandal rocks the school.
Recommendations for Children:
Cyber Poser by Mari Kesselring (Jan 2015)
When a girl claiming to be a former classmate reconnects with her via her favorite social networking site, Bridget decides to use some online tricks and a new app to investigate if she's telling the truth.
Pema, Jagroop, and Bounce discover media-making tools such as script writing on the internet and produce a movie to get the news out when the corrupt developers who try to force Jagroop's father to sell the family farm also influence what is broadcast on the local news.