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I've always been very wary of YA contemporary books. I always (assumed) wrongly that they were all cheesy, happy ending, love triangle, insta-love ridden books that I could never enjoy. But in the life of my blog, I've been proven wrong, and I'm very happy to admit it. This is my list of Top Ten YA Contemporary novels and how they changed my mind about this genre.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The characters, the characters and the characters. They smashed every pre-conceived idea I ever had about YA contemporaries.
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Speechless takes bullying and really examines what it means, the fallout, and how words really can hurt.
Want by Stephanie Lawton
A love triangle! And I liked the book! But I fell a little in love with one of the boys, so that may have helped ;-)
Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
I'm fully aware that some readers didn't like this book as the main male character is controlling. And I get that, I really do, but I think the important message in this book is that vulnerable teenage girls really can think a guy is all that, despite his faults being obvious to everyone else.
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
It's funny. Like snort tea out my nose funny.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Another book with some tough issues - mental illness, foster care and I totally loved both characters.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Take the most taboo subject and make me cry about the forbidden love of the two characters? Yep, it totally did!
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Completely unimaginable but yet so heartbreakingly convincing.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Cute and sweet. Everything I thought I hated about YA comtemporary, but it was so well done I couldn't help but fall in love with it (and Oliver, just a little).
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Whoa. This one was an eye-opener and an oh-so-fascinating look into the life of a cult.
Do you have any YA Contemporary books that you'd think I'd like? Or a particular one that changed your ideas about the genre? Let me know!