Moving to a new town and starting over has been a theme in thousands of books. A recent (and excellent) YA example is Sarah Dessen’s new book, “What Happened to Goodbye” In it a girl moves every six months due to her father’s job. In every town she takes on a new identity. It all catches up with her in the end because someone stumbles upon her multiple Facebook accounts.
The climax of this book made me wonder: In the social networking age, can authors still use starting over as a believable narrative structure?
I think it’s still possible, but it is a lot harder. Almost anyone can Google you. And, take a good luck at your Facebook friends. You’re probably only about five degrees of separation from anyone. Authors have to get creative to get around this.
What do you think authors can do? Have you read any books that do this well? Tell me in the comments below (don’t forget to leave your email) and you could win “After Obsession” by Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel. It’s a great twist on the paranormal themes that abound.