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Top Ten Books If Your Book Club Likes YA Contemporary
I wasn’t sure how easy this list would be, because there are so many good books that I could pick! I knew that by picking some sort of theme, I would have an easier time picking some good book club books, so I settled on YA contemporary because that seemed to the one with the most recommendations.
- George by Alex Gino. This is actually middle grade and not YA but it’s too good of a book to not include it. I loved Melissa’s story, and if you haven’t read it, you should!
- None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio. Putting this book on my list suddenly makes me want to re-read it. I hated how Kristin’s classmates treated her after they found out that Kristin is intersex, but it’s a good book to read, and it could be an interesting book club pick.
- Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonelle Clayton. Ballet is pretty cutthroat in this book and you see the pressure these girls are under.
- Tumbling by Caela Carter. Speaking of cutthroat, gymnastics is pretty cutthroat in this book. It’s my favorite thing to watch in the Olympics, and I liked following several of the gymnasts as they aim to make the Olympic team.
- Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. Shadowshaper is more urban fantasy than contemporary, but it’s rooted enough in reality that I had to put it on the list.
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This book is such an important book to read right now, and with everything going on lately, it’s definitely a good book if you’re looking to have a really good discussion.
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. This book, for some reason, is a good book club book. I love that the main character is in therapy, because I feel like that’s really rare for books that deal with mental illness.
- Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero. If your book club liked The Princess Diaries, this is a really good read alike. Gabi has a really unique voice, and she’s a great character.
- Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I felt for Simon, and it’s cute and funny and sweet and good for book clubs.
- The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart by Jenn Bennett. I love the focus on art in this book, and how different it is. There’s Beatrix, who likes drawing cadavers, and Jack, who is a graffiti artist. That makes it stand out, a lot, but it’s also such a good book about all kinds of relationships.