Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme that was created over at The Broke and the Bookish! I am so happy that Top Ten Tuesday is back! I loved coming up with an idea for this weeks topic. I know that YA Contemporary can sometimes get a bad rep and it used to be a genre that I avoided all together. Lately, I have read some absolutely amazing YA contemporary books so I wanted to share those and recommended them to people who don’t like the genre!
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Neslon– I can not adequately express to you how good this book is. It has become my favourite YA book of all time! Jandy Nelson is beyond talented and the story is so beautiful and masterfully written.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han– This series has some of the most relatable characters that I have ever read. I recently reviewed the entire series if you want to know more of my thoughts on it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– This book deserves all the hype that it has received. I truly believe that THUG is a must read for everyone. It is a book that is so relevant and should be taught in schools.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky– I read this book a few years ago and it remains a favourite. I like all the characters and could relate to the story. It is also a shorter read so I get way to dip your toe in to the genre!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson– This is another book that I read years ago and still think about! It is also short, but the message is so important.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz– Beautifully written and character-driven. It is a moving coming of age story that I have recommended to others and they have loved it as well.
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller– A book all about finding yourself when everything falls apart. I cried and laughed while reading this book. I also appreciated that the love story was realistic.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins– I don’t think you can go wrong with anything by Ellen Hopkins. She writes in prose and always writes about difficult but relevant topics such a drug use, prostitution, etc.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman– I really enjoy the main character. This book is pretty dark and depressing but I appreciated that about it and I like how the author handle such hard topics.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton– I couldn’t make a post like this without mentioning The Outsiders. One of my favourites books of all time and a must read! I tear up just thinking about it!
I have just recently gotten in to reading YA contemporary so there are a lot of books that I have heard great things about that I have yet to read! If you have any suggestions that would be greatly appreciated!