This week I’m doing a really fun feature where I post a Top Ten list every day! Contemporary YA is probably my favorite genre, so I figured it would be a good way to start this out. My main focus of this week is to recommend some books for all of you based on your favorite genre.
1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
It should come at a surprise to no one that this is at the top of my list. My last post was literally just me fangirling about this book. Before I Fall follows the life of Sam Kingston, a popular girl, as she re-lives the day she died for a week. She made a lot of mistakes and through the course of the week, she learns about them. I think this book presents an amazing, honest portrayal of high school.
2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This is another book I’ve talked about a lot. It’s about a girl named Emily who’s best friend disappears right before the start of summer. Her house is empty, like she was never there in the first place. Then a to-do list arrives at Emily’s house, clearly sent from Sloane. It’s filled with crazy challenges that Emily would never do in a million years, until now. Emily spends the summer taking risks and completeing the list, hoping that it will lead her back to Sloane.
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
As someone who loves France and wants to study abroad there in college, this book was an easy favorite of mine. Anna, an american, gets the opportunity to go to high school in France. She’s not excited at all about going, until she meets Etienne St. Clair. This love story is so cute and the setting is pefect.
4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
This is the second book of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, but this book was so much better than first. I’m going to give a little summary about the first book, so I don’t give away any spoilers.
Under her bed, Lara Jean has a hatbox filled with letters to all the boys she’s loved before. Sealed in envelopes, ready to mail, but she would never actually send them. So when someone else does, Lara has to deal with the aftermath. One of the boys happens to be her older sister’s ex-boyfriend. When she reconnects with the boys she used to love, Lara finds herself falling in love with one of them, again.
5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
I’ve never talked about this book on here but it’s one of my all time favorites. This is a total tearjerker. It tells the story of a couple who broke up, from the beginning of their relationship to the end. My heart broke with the end of this book.
6. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
I loved this book so much. I was hooked by the first chapter, and read the whole thing in one night. It’s so, so funny, but it’s very sad, too.
It’s about a boy named Ezra who gets into a car accident and loses his golden boy position in the tennis team. He’s drawn to the new girl Cassidy Thorpe and he finds himself reconnected with his middle school friends. Throughout the year Ezra will learn what it means to start over, and what happens when you fall in love for the first time.
7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
All of Morgan Matson’s books are so cute. This is my second favorite of her books. It’s about a girl named Andie, who’s father is a senator who gets in a big scandal. She loses her elite summer internship and has to find a new job quickly: walking dogs. Andie isn’t used to the unexpected, but this summer she has to embrace it.
8. The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
I’ve written a review of this book, which you can read here. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve probably seen me talking about this, too.
9. Winning by Lara Deloza
I read this book a few weeks ago and loved every moment of it. It’s about a high school homecoming race, and it is the opposite of the ones in cliche teen-movies. The main character, Alexandra, is a former pageant beauty queen who plots a devious plan to win homecoming queen. She’s a horrible person, but I still rooted for her throughout the whole story.
10. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
I wrote a review of this book, which you can read here. It’s one of my favorites of 2016.
What is your favorite contemporary novel? Let me know in the comments!