On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary

On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary
On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary

YA contemporary was one of the genres I thought I had grown out of. Why should I be interested in the lives of teenagers, seeing as I’ve been out of school for 5 years? (I’ve also never been of a fan of calling it ‘contemporary’ because ‘realistic fiction’ seems more accurate to me.) But, since reading John Green and books like Saving June and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, I’ve really started to enjoy the genre, especially when it’s intelligent, funny, and heartbreaking. Here are just some of the ones on my wishlist:

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Published in November. “Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London.”

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The companion novel to Anne and the French Kiss. “When Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.”

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
What’s not to love about road trips? “Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.”

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I’ve heard that this is a beautiful story. “Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…”

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published in June. “A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.”

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
I really want to see why this was banned! “According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.”

Honourable mentions: Jellicoe Road, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Before I Die, Fall for Anything.

What are your favourite YA contemporary novels?

16 thoughts on “On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary

  1. Meant To Be has me drooling just because of the cover. It’s gorgeous!

  2. Great list! I took out Twenty Boy Summer from the library a while ago and ended up returning it before I got first the first few chapters. I really wish I’d read it now! Lola, Amy and Roger and If I Stay were all great! I also loved The Disreputable History!

  3. Reblogged this on It's A Wonderful Life and commented:
    I’d like to read all of these this summer. Adding them to my “to-read” least on GoodReads!

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