Contemporary YA is my jam. Here are my favorites.
Top ten contemporary contemporaries:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | Territory wars, the most perfectly flawed main character, a hot cadet, gorgeous writing, mystery: this book has everything you could ever want.
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta | Friendship, romance, and depression in a perfect stew of awesomeness.
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta | Catching up with the Saving Francesca crew five years down the road is like Christmas, your birthday, and free concert tickets all at once.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson | Grief, sisterhood, a boy whose smiles will change your life, writing that’s both funny and poetic.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green | There’s a reason everyone loves this book. Now it’s your turn.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | There’s really no book quite like it out there.
Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay | One of my favorite debuts of last year!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan | The characters will suck you in!
Everyday by David Levithan | I’m counting this as a contemp with a little realistic magic twist. This one will make you think and love.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson | I’m not sure if it’s fair to call this YA– might lean toward MG– but it’s essentially perfect.
Ordinary People by Judith Guest | A book that has stuck with me since high school!
The Pigman by Paul Zindel | Another must-read from my childhood.
Do you like contemporary YA? Which of these have you read? Which ones do you want to read? (Correct answer is ALL.)
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