Young Adult Novel: #IsaacAndAidenAreOverParty Critical Commentary: The Development of Queer Adolescent Identities and Communities Online and the Impact of Social Media within Young Adult Literature
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AbstractThe novel #IsaacAndAidenAreOverParty centres on two queer teenagers who incidentally go viral amidst their breakup. After discovering the opportunity of winning a competition to crown the country’s biggest viral star, they decide to keep their breakup a secret and fake it to win. The novel challenges perspectives on social media in contemporary society and its impact on adolescent identity, with each character having their own personal relationship with online platforms. As an exploration into online queer identity and communities, the novel incorporates online elements within the narrative. The Critical Commentary explores the development of queer adolescent identities and communities online and the impact of social media within young adult literature. As authors have begun to introduce and explore social media within young adult literature, they have offered various perspectives through their characters’ relationship with online platforms and their online identities. The representation of social media platforms and other forms of online communication on the page has encouraged authors to experiment with the form to connect to readers. Central to the novel and the Critical Commentary is the relationship between young people and social media, exploring the positive and harmful impact online spaces can have on individuals and the development of their identity online. The Critical Commentary addresses how authors from marginalized communities have offered a nuanced perspective on social media platforms and forms of online communication, illustrating how online spaces can be essential in establishing queer adolescent identity for young LGBTQIA+ people. On a personal level, both the novel and the Critical Commentary combine my passion for presenting both the positive and harmful sides of establishing identity in the age of social media and the importance of online spaces for young LGBTQIA+ people.
CitationWorrall, C. (2023). Young adult novel: #IsaacAndAidenAreOverParty critical commentary: The development of queer adolescent identities and communities online and the impact of social media within young adult literature [Unpublished doctoral thesis]. University of Chester.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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