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Contemporary YA is my favourite genre.
If you didn’t know that already, you know now. It’s my favourite genre to read, but it’s also my favourite genre to write. Out of the 4 and a half books I’ve written, 4 have been contemporary YA (the half is Wanderland, which is my Alice in Wonderland retelling).
So basically I’m an expert on the genre.
Because I have important books to recommend. I’ll wait as you go borrow them from your nearest library. Or buy them. Both?
These are books that I recommend for a variety of reasons: because they’re influential to YA as a whole, because they’re insanely popular, because I love them, because I think they have important things to say.
1) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This one has been HUGELY influential to YA, even inspiring a whole imprint. I liked Wintergirls better, honestly, but I think it’s still a book people should read.
2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I expect you’re tired of hearing about it by now, but I cannot even quantify how much I love this book.
3) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
My favourite book of this year so far. If you like dialogue and diversity and friendship you should definitely read this.
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I actually didn’t like this book the first time I read it, mostly because of the narrator. If you don’t normally read contemporary YA, I wouldn’t necessarily start with this one, but it is truly an amazing book.
5) Every Day by David Levithan
One of the most intriguing things I found with this book was the concept of gender, and how the main character, A, wasn’t female or male – instead, A was a different person each day. This influenced A’s relationship with a girl within the novel, and it was such a thought-provoking read.
6) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
This is one of the most banned books, I think. I don’t see why. You should read it just to spite those book banning people (also, it has amazing voice and is very funny).
7) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Okay, yeah, I wasn’t in love with this book, but it’s so DIFFERENT, and if your new to contemporary, you just might fall in love with it.
8) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Speaking of falling in love…this is great if you’re sceptical about contemporary romance – like I was. Also, just over a week until Isla comes out!!!! *FREAKS OUT MAJORLY*
9) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
I can never stop recommending this book, because it’s one of my favourite in…ever. It is quite funny in some ways, but it says a lot about mental illness that’s also really great.
I discovered contemporary YA with The Princess Diaries, but only really got into it after reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. Contemporary YA is such a broad genre – it can be dark and edgy, or cute and fluffy, and it’s always about the characters. That’s one of the reasons I love it so much. If you haven’t read much YA contemporary, these are definitely ones I’d recommend starting with.