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I'm looking for recommendations for YA novels which have dual points of view, but where the narrators are NOT each other's love interests. Siblings, friends, allies, something like that. Especially interested in anything from the science fiction or fantasy shelves.

#1 - November 13, 2011, 01:03 PM

Well, the Chaos Walking trilogy has dual pov's in the third book - actually three POV's and one of them for sure is not romantic - trying to remember if it's in the 2nd book, too. They do hint at romance toward the end of the trilogy but the kids are on the younger side, so it's more about being allies and deep friendship.
#2 - November 13, 2011, 01:30 PM

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In the second book in Chaos Walking the dual POV's are the boy and girl, and it's not totally romantic as they apart most of the time and aren't bf/gf per se, but they care about each other more than anything else in the world, so in a way, it's extremely romantic. The third book adds an additional not romantic POV, and it's awesome!!
#3 - November 13, 2011, 01:55 PM
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Sara Zarr's wonderful new book, HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, has two POVs: a girl giving up her baby for adoption, and the daughter of the woman about to adopt the baby. So well-done.

Also, FEATHERED by Laura Kasischke, has two POVs of two friends who go away on a spring break trip to Mexico... one disappears and one comes back home without her. I loved that book.
#4 - November 13, 2011, 01:58 PM

MY BEATING TEENAGE HEART, by C. K. Kelly Martin does it really well.
The characters aren't love interests and the book has a paranormal bent.
#5 - November 13, 2011, 02:22 PM
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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE was amazing though not sci-fi at all. Ellen Hopkin's aren't sci-fi either, but IDENTICAL, IMPULSE, and oh geez, the one told by the kids of the MC in CRANK. Multiple povs, not romantic interests.

In the sci-fi realm, hm, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE becomes a romance. This is harder....let me think more on it.
#6 - November 13, 2011, 02:27 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now

Thank you all so much for these suggestions (and please keep 'em coming if any more occur to you). Hardly any of them are familiar to me, which makes me feel better about drawing such a blank myself. :)
#7 - November 13, 2011, 02:43 PM


My WAYFARER (HarperTeen, 2010) alternates POV between a boy and a girl, who are allies traveling together to complete an important fantasy-type quest, but are not romantically entangled.
#8 - November 13, 2011, 03:27 PM

I'm not sure if this fits the bill, but I just read THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson and it switches between first-person narration of the MC's life, and occasional 3rd-person narration of events in a murder investigation which the MC wasn't present for. (It's also a great book!)
#9 - November 13, 2011, 03:49 PM

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It's tween, but Rick Riordan's Red Pyramid series does a nice job alternating between siblings Carter and Sadie Kane.
#10 - November 13, 2011, 04:39 PM

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In my book, WITCHLANDERS, the pov characters are two 17-year-old boys on opposite sides of a conflict who meet in the middle of the book.

Edited to add: It's fantasy.
#11 - November 13, 2011, 06:17 PM
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Steve Brezenoff's The Absolute Value of -1 fits the bill. Although, it's not fantasy/sci-fi.
#12 - November 13, 2011, 11:06 PM

The books in the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud alternate between the POV of Bartimaeus (a 1000s year old djinn) and Nathaniel (a young wizard) and in the second book there's a third POV introduced, of a young anti-magic activist named Kitty. None of them are romantically involved. The first book is The Amulet of Samarkand. They're sometimes put in the MG section and sometimes in YA.

Another in upper MG/lower YA (imo the series matures with the main characters) is the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, which start off alternating between two kids who become friends, one male(Kit), one female (Nita). Later books introduce the Nita's sister as a POV character too.
#13 - November 14, 2011, 08:24 AM
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You forgot the "sadly" after that "none of them are romantically involved", Deva. Here, let me put it in for you. :)

(Still bitter about my thwarted Nathanael/Kitty shipping, just a little.)
#14 - November 14, 2011, 08:48 AM

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Not sure if these are "famous," but...

BLINK AND CAUTION by Tim Wynne Jones
NAOMI AND ELY'S NO KISS LIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (the love interest part is iffy)
BAMBOO PEOPLE by Mitali Perkins
BUMPED by Megan McCafferty
KEESHA'S HOUSE by Helen Frost
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by David Levithan and John Green
#15 - November 15, 2011, 06:12 AM

 :thankyou Thank you SO MUCH for these recommendations, all! As ever I'm blown away by the collective awesome of Blueboarders.
#16 - November 15, 2011, 08:46 AM

JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST by Maria Padian-- awesome book! the two mc's are best friends who alternate chapters in first person pov.
#17 - November 16, 2011, 03:15 PM

Magic and Madness trilogy by Justine Larbalestier has at least 2 POV. One is first person and the other is 3rd person. They're friends and neighbours.
#18 - November 16, 2011, 03:48 PM


I recommend INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher. It a YA fantasy/SF.
#19 - January 07, 2012, 05:34 AM

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Great topic. My WIP is dual-POV with two girls who switch places, and it's fantasy. I didn't know there are so many dual-POV non-romantic books out there!
#20 - January 25, 2012, 09:35 AM
THE FIRE WISH, Random House Children's, 2014
THE BLIND WISH, Random House Children's, 2015

my sequel Fury of the Phoenix is dual pov!

but it isn't in the same time frame, fyi.
one storyline takes place 300 years before the main
heroine's story.

good luck! it's challenging but fun!

#21 - January 25, 2012, 12:22 PM
Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow: 4/28/09)
Fury of the Phoenix (Greenwillow: 3/30/11)
Serpentine (Month9Books: 9/1/15)

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There's also SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce.
#22 - January 25, 2012, 01:56 PM


If you can wait until the fall . . . my YA THE FRIDAY SOCIETY has three POVs, none of which are romantic. :) 

#23 - January 25, 2012, 03:00 PM


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