Thursday, 5 July 2012

Ashelynn from Gypsy Book Reviews recommends 2012 Contemporary YA Must-reads

So when I decided that I'd like to give an event of this sort a go, I was keen to a) involve bloggers and b) introduce people to lots of contemp books. A lot of the response I've had is along the lines of "I like contemps, but I don't read enough" or "I wish I read more of them!". With that in mind, I'm going to be presenting some blogger's favourite contemp reads, so all for all the bloggers out there like me who don't read enough of this genre have some new picks =]

Therefore today I'd like to introduce Ashelynn from Gypsy Book Reviews. Ashelynn has excellent taste and she writes fantastic and funny reviews, and today she's going to tell us about her favourite contemporary reads of 2012 (so far):

I love contemporary novels. I don’t read a lot of them, but trust me: I freaking love them. Some of my two favorite contemporary novels of all time are Kirsten Hubbard’s, but since I read Like Mandarin in 2010 and Wanderlove in 2011, so I really can’t talk about them being the best 2012 novels I’ve read even though I WOULD SO RECOMMEND THEM RIGHT NOW.


The 2012 contemporary novels I did love? They are amazing. I really do recommend these to those who don’t read contemporary a lot.

Reunited byHilary Weisman Graham: I didn’t think this book would good, but I ended up reading it and fell head over heels in love with it. I want EVERYBODY to read this amazing book!

AMidsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: YO. Guys, Kody is the master of contemporary, srsly. I love her novels. But A Midsummer’s Nightmare is one of her bests—and my favorite of hers.
SomeoneElse’s Life by Katie Dale: I had my problems with this one, but I still think about it at times—and I read it in February. And since I’ve read over eighty novels since then, that’s a HUGE compliment to Katie. I loved how realistic this contemporary novel was. Amazing.

Gone,Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz: Now, this one didn’t blow me away like Hannah’s other novels, but I’d still recommend this one to those who are just reading Hannah. This one is happy. It has a happily ever after, unlike her other contemps. So yes, if you love happy, read this one!

TheStatistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Are you looking for a romance contemp? I SO recommend this one, then! Jennifer writes in the same vein as Stephanie Perkins (I would also recommend her novels, too! LOVE THEM!) and man alive, I just fell so HARD in love with this one!

TheCatastrophic History of You & Me by Jess Rothenberg: AWW! This one. Oh, THIS one. It can be cheesy at times, but it fits SO WELL. This one can be dark at times, but holy crap, I loved it. Loved loved loved this one. Especially the ending. The ending was BRILLIANT.

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday: This is the sequel to Deadly Cool, and I so freaking recommend this series! I love it. Mystery a la Veronica Mars and Stephanie Plum. And I luuuurved it! Hartley is hilarious and I think everybody needs to meet her. Also, the best thing? You can read these books as standalones. You don’t have to read Deadly Cool to understand Social Suicide. LOVE that so much!

So, the next book I’m going to recommend isn’t a contemporary, but a historical fiction, but it COULD be considered contemporary if it was published in the 1940s. You guys, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the most amazing book I’ve read of 2012. I still cry thinking about it, and cry in a good way. This book broke my heart over and over again. I love everything about that novel.

Those are the 2012 contemps I’ve read! What contemporaries have you read, and which ones do you recommend to me? 

Awesome post Ashelynn, thanks SO much!!! I really, really want to read Reunited now!!!!

Check out Liz's blog today for more awesome contemp recommendations!


  1. Ooh I love the sound of Reunited! The cover is so eye-catching too, and it just screams "summer!" :P. I always hear great things about Wanderlove too, so gotta check that out. I loved TCHoYaM! The ending really was brilliant, so good! Ahh I have lots of book to add to my to-read shelf on Goodreads now :).

  2. Fantastic post. I just got Reunited last week when I went to a Hilary Graham books signing. OMG she is so sweet and awesome too!! I am looking forward to reading the book. I loved TSPoLAFS!!! I need to read the other ones though.

  3. Oh snap! I didn't know Kody Keplinger had another book out. I'm going to have to get my hands on it.

  4. Great suggestions, thanks! How fab is that "Statistical" cover!

  5. I love this post so much, because Ashelynn has read some amazing contempts. Agreed on CATASTROPHIC HISTORY. I just adore that book so much. And I recently read REUNITED and thought it was super cute!

  6. GAH, I still have so many books to read from this list! I've only read Gone, Gone, Gone, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (OLIVER!) and The Catastrophic History of You and Me (PATRICK!) but I really want to read Reunited!

    Awesome list, Ashleynn! And thank you for sharing this post with us, Cait! ♥

  7. I really want to read Reunited! It sounds so much like my kind of read!

  8. I know you recommended Gone, Gone, Gone but now I'm even more intrigued by her other books without such a happily ever after..

  9. I've been looking for a few contemp. recommendations (I know so little about the genre, but always enjoy what I read from it). Thanks for this list! Reunited and The Catastrophic History are now on hold for me at the library.


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