Required Reading For All Contemporary Fans

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is… Back To School Freebie


I loooove contemporary novels and I feel like they don’t get as much attention as fantasy books. I tried to pick books that were released more recently or not as popular. So without further ado: here are the books you should read if you enjoy YA contemporary novels!

1- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

2- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

3- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

4- The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

5- How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

6- Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

7- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

8- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

9- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

10- Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

25 thoughts on “Required Reading For All Contemporary Fans

  1. i agree with so many of these!!! also i really need to read more of the recent ya contemporaries. great list!!! i think most of them are recent, do you have any older contemporaries?

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    1. Yeah, most of these are new, and of course I have recs for older ones! YA contemporary is my favorite genre so… yeah lol. Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (2013 & one of my faves), The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas (2011), The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen (2015 & amazing female friendships I want to cry), The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne (2015), Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (2015 & best parents & friends in ya I’ve ever read) 😀

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      1. I loved The Survival Kit so much while reading. It had the perfect amount of grief and healing! I need to check all of these!!! Thanks so much.

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  2. I’ll have to add some of these to my tbr. I’ve only read the Upside of Unrequited but I liked it a lot and I look forward to checking out some of the other books on your list. Great post 😊

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  3. Aww! So many I’m anxious to read! ‘Dimple’ and ‘Names’ are both high on my must read list. I’m also curious about ‘Letters,’ though I haven’t read much about it – generally, what I have seen is positive. 🙂

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    1. Ahh I hope you like all of them!! 😀 Letters to the Lost is very heartfelt, you just have to be in the right mood for it.

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