06 November 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Contemporaries That Changed My Mind

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

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!


  1. I just finished The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg, and I absolutely loved it! I am normally not one to go for the contemporary books either, but I really loved that this book featured high school girls who form an anti-dating club that focuses on friendship! It was such a refreshing story!

    Jennifer @ A Librarian's Library--My TTT

  2. Stolen! That book was intense and I still think about it. I really want to read Speechless, Deadly Cool and Pushing the Limits! And of course, John Green. I will eventually read something of his and cry myself to sleep, I'm sure...

  3. I loved Temptation and Pushing the Limits. Those are such great books. I love contemp, but I could see how those would change your mind. My TTT

  4. Speechless was so very good. But The Chosen Ones was phenomenal. I read that one recently and after finishing went out and bought everything by that author. Great list!

  5. There are some books on your list I really want to read. Soon. So, great to see that you liked them!


  6. I've read a few from this list and absolutely loved them, and most of the rest of your list is on my tbr pile. I adored Pushing the Limits, definitely one of my favourite contemporaries of this year!

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  7. Great list! Some of these I've read, but most are on my TBR list. I loved Pushing the Limits too.

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    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  8. I really should read The Fault in Our Stars, right? Right.

  9. I really want to read these books now! Thank you ;)

    My TTT: http://blueskyshelf.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-ten-tuesday-fictional-crushes.html

  10. I have only read The Fault in Our stars but I need to read everything else. Your posts always end up making me add more books to my impossibly huge TBR, Kat.

  11. Um...I have not read any of these. Lol. Lame, I know. Don't hate me.

    I want to read a few of these.

  12. I want to read most of these but so far I've only read The Fault in Our Stars which was incredible.

  13. I am so bad at that, Kat! I haven't read any of these although Deadly Cool and Speechless are on my wishlist. Great list! I need to start reading more contemporaries soon! :)



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