If I taught YA contemporary 101, these books would definitely be on my syllabus. It’s no secret I love YA contemporary, so much that it made it almost impossible to pick only ten.
This book is all kinds of awesome. This book is about female friendships and girl power, it deals with double standards and slut-shamming. This book was empowering and fun and that’s why it’s on my top ten list.
2. Made You Up
The reason I chose this book was because it has two kind of unlikable characters. I didn’t trust Alex (our MC) yet I loved everything about this book.
This is a coming-of-age story about family, friendship and learning to be your own person. It has dynamic characters and complex relationships between each of them, which is why I would put it on my syllabus.
I mostly picked this one for the character growth Samantha experiences throughout the story. I found her relatable and honest. It’s by far my favorite novel of Lauren Oliver.
I’ll be honest, there was one main reason I put this book on this list. Jason Brody. He is one swoon-worthy boy. He was funny, caring no douchebagitis anywhere near him. Also, family plays a big part in this, I loved it.
This book was inspiring and honest. I think a lot of us could relate to this in some ways, which is why I included this. I really recommend this one.
This book is all about growing up. It’s about seizing the day, living in the moment, being wild and carpe diem. I’d call this book bittersweet and incredibly moving, which is why I put it in my top ten.
There were a lot of “AWW” moments in this one. I really related to Paige, I thought her fear and desire to redefine herself was extremely realistic. Her growth was inspiring and hopeful.
9. On the Fence
This book was a lot deeper than I expected. The identity crisis Charlie goes through made my heart ache. And I loved the emotion Charlie felt when she thought about her mom.
This book was unexpected. A word to describe this book is real. The people, the situations, it just all felt so real.