This week's Top Ten Tuesday is about recommending books to someone who doesn't read a certain area or group of books (YA for example or classics), and for my post, I decided to recommend 10 YA contemporary reads for someone who doesn't normally read this genre of YA. It's no secret that I love contemporary YA, and after suggesting some of them the other day to a blogger friend on twitter, I realized there's quite a few hidden gems out there!
Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read Contemporary YA
1) Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: I suggest this one at basically any opportunity that arises because not only is it FABULOUS but I also want people to buy it so Miranda can write more amazing books like it. If you like romance and just a great, strong main character, this one is for you, and don't let the fact that it involves football detour you one bit!
2) Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler: Who doesn't love a good books about sisters, especially sisters as funny, sweet, and messed up as Daphne and Gabby?!
3) Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler: I always love Sarah's books, but this one holds a special place in my heart! It's sweet. It's honest. It's about growing up and moving on. And it even involves a really cute boy. So really why wouldn't you give this book a chance?!
4) This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: This list wouldn't be complete without at least one book by Sarah Dessen! Seriously, Sarah Dessen is one of the queens of YA contemp, if not the queen, and while This Lullaby isn't my favorite one of hers (Just Listen holds that spot!), it's still so, so, so good!
5) Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian: This one is an oldie but a good one nonetheless! It's nothing too fancy but it's still a lot of fun as well as hilarious! I'm still holding out hope that Kate writes a sequel to it one day.
6) The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg: Any book by Eulberg is a good one but The Lonely Hearts Club is especially this way. It's a book about recovering about boys, dating, and finding love in place where you least expect. More importantly, it's a book about growing up. I can't suggest it highly enough! Plus, for those of you who love the Beatles, you'll probably adore this one as well, as it contains Beatles references.
7) Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers: Courtney Summers is the author who also brings the seriousness and grit back to YA, and while her books are not light reads, there are still beautifully written and gorgeously told! Fall for Anything is certainly one of my favorites by her (though to be honest all of her books are my favorite)!
8) Stay by Deb Caletti: Stay is a book about a girl recovering from an abusive relationship, and it's one that really dives in there and digs deep. I especially loved how this one moved from past to present as well as how beautifully and honestly it was told!
9) The Party Room Trilogy by Morgan Burke: I was recently reminded of this trilogy due to another book (The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks- review coming soon!) I recently finished, realized how similar it was to this trilogy, and from there I was reminded how fabulous this series was it. It involves murder, deceit, and romance, and boy, is it amazing- something that will keep you reading from start to finish! Sadly, these were the only books Morgan ever wrote. :(
10) Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala: This is one I read not too long ago yet I still really, really enjoyed it! It's about a girl's life on the streets of Seattle, and it really presented an honest and intriguing looks at the lives of homeless teens.
In all, those are some YA contemporaries I highly suggest, and if you would like more info about some other ones out there, check out the The Contemps site for sure!
Are you a reader of Contemporary YA? If so, what are some books you would suggest to readers who aren't? Let me know in the comments, and also feel free to leave a link to your TTT! I can't wait to see it!