Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Books

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Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Books

I had so much trouble deciding between contemporary and paranormal, but with me being in such a contemporary mood lately, I decided to go for that!  There’s something about YA contemporary that’s comforting and nostalgic, and it somehow makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.  I could do several lists of my favorite YA contemporaries, but should I decide to revisit this list in the future…I’m pretty sure I could come up with even more favorites!

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Speak is the book that got me into YA contemporary, and I can’t help but re-read because I love Melinda.  Actually, I really could go with any of her books, because she is that amazing, but Speak is the one I’d recommend the most.
  2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown.  This is such an emotional book that I was crying by the end of the book and was still crying on the couch five or ten minutes later.  It’s such a heartbreaking look at the aftermath of a school shooting.
  3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  I just love The Fault In Our Stars!  It’s John Green, do I really need to explain why this one is a favorite?
  4. In Honor by Jessi Kirby.  I just loved the road trip Honor and Rusty took and I could relate to Honor so much!
  5. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  I could relate to Lennie so much, and I totally understood what she was going through.
  6. Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  There is a reason this series keeps popping up on my list…because Emma’s story is so heartbreaking and I can’t help but want things to be okay for her.
  7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.  I just loved the Garrett family, and how they were so welcoming to Samantha.
  8. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  I just can’t help but swoon over the setting and St. Clair.
  9. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.  There’s something about this series that makes me want to curl up on the couch and read it over and over.  I think it’s because it’s set during the summer at the beach beach.
  10. A World Away by Nancy Grossman.  The narration of the audio book is what really made this book for me, but I just love Eliza’s story and her life living as a nanny for a non-Amish family.
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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Books

  1. I’ve just started reading more YA recently (within the last year or two) and have kind of avoided contemporary. I tend toward the more fantasy and paranormal books. If you had to to recommend one book from above to dip my two into contemporary YA which would it be?

    • If I had to recommend one from my list, I would go with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. There was something about it that really spoke to me when I first read it in high school, and it still resonates with me today.

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