Monday, 30 July 2012

Contemporary Summer: Current Top Ten YA Contemps

At the start of this event, I posted my top ten favourite contemps of my teen years, the last time before I started blogging that I really read contemp books. Now, at the end of our event, I'm going to post my top ten list of the books I've discovered since I started blogging and as a direct result of this event.

Do I even need to tell you? Senior moves to exclusive Parisian boarding school. Wit, sightseeing and love-issues ensue.This book is actually perfect in my opinion. When I finished reading it, I hugged it. I'm not even kidding.

Harper goes on a road trip to California following her perfect sister June’s suicide. Lots of music and self-discovery and one very hot boy.It's rare for a book to get me all emotional, but I choked up reading this one. On a side note, this is currently £1.09 in the Amazon UK Kindle Summer Sale, you need to get it ;)

Owned for ages, but after Kapri recommended it in this post, I decided to take the plunge and finally read it. Marchetta is the author of one of my favourite books of all time, Saving Francesca, and this offering from her really didn't disappoint. Beautiful, heart-breaking yet full of hope, it totally earned a spot in this list

4. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Whilst this is set in a vaguely dystopian world, it definitely has more of a contemporary coming of age feel. Anya is one of the strongest female characters I've read ever. The way she holds everything in her life together is so admirable and the ending just about killed me.  

You might have gathered by now that I am a HUGE fan of Ally Carter. I read the first Gallagher Girls on a whim several months ago when it was put back on Netgalley and I have stormed through everything else since then. This series is definitely my favourite of hers; with complicated, twisty plots, punchy writing and of course, Hale.

One I read for this event and loved. The story focuses on Lucy, who's searching for Shadow, and Shadow who's searching for something to give his life more meaning. Poignant and poetic, this will make you long for warm summer nights, romance and adventure.

Another entry for Ally Carter. The early books in this series are super cute and lighthearted with lots of humour, but the later books get darker and more plot-centric. The whole series works fantastically however, half contemp half thriller. 

 Another road trip book on my list. I loved the relationship development between the two main characters, who go on a road trip halfway across the country despite barely knowing each other. It's an almost perfect road trip book

Really unusual story surrounding Keek, who gets the chicken pox and has to spend several weeks in bed recovering with just a typewriter. Having gone through quite a severe life upheaval and been heavily influenced by Sylvia Plath, this results in a book that’s both deep and philosophical whilst still retaining some teenage authenticity. It’s how I wish John Green’s books were.

10. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

  So much more than a typical good girl/bad boy story, the depth of the development of the main characters Echo and Noah is fantastic, as is the development of the relationship between them.


  1. And Then Things Fall Apart sounds awesome! Haven't heard much about it, but it has an interesting premise. Yes to Anna, GG and Heist Society, all very brilliant books :P. Amy & Roger and Saving June are brilliant as well. Will have to read Graffiti Moon, Jelicoe Road and All These Things soon!

  2. Great selection of books there! I haven't read them all but of those I have, I loved them. Anna and the French Kiss would certainly by my number one choice!

    Steph @


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