I have been a hardcore YA Fantasy fan for years! As in since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone years. So believe me, this revelation has come as a bigger shock to me than anyone else!
I began dabbling in YA contemporary a few years ago when I discovered John Green’s books, which I instantly fell in love with. Things slowly began to snowball from there. I started reading books by Jennifer E. Smith, Stephen Chbosky, Rainbow Rowell, and Stephanie Perkins. And I was stunned to find out that I LOVED them all.
You simply CANNOT read John Green without reading David Levithan. I discovered David’s books after reading Will Grayson Will Grayson, and once you discover David, you’re done. If you don’t fall in love with YA contemporary after reading David, then I’m not entirely convinced that you are human.
At this point, I was a certified YA contemporary fan. Fantasy was still my favorite, but I was consistently mixing in a contemporary here and there. And then I received an ARC copy of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and I was a goner. I needed more! So I started reading books by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Becky Albertalli, Emery Lord, Nicole Yoon, Jeff Zentner and so many others! I was officially addicted.
I also fell in love with fluffy, adorable YA romance novels by authors like Sierra Abrams, Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, Jennifer E. Smith, Kasie West, Sandhya Menon, Maurene Goo, Kate Watson, Stephanie Scott etc. For me, these books are the ultimate escapist novels. They are so fun and happy and have some serious swoons!
So while I do still love me some good YA fantasy, scifi, magical realism, etc., what I am constantly craving is contemporary. Luckily, I have A LOT to catch up on (my friend Christy from Tales of the Ravenous Reader keeps me well supplied with contemporary recommendations). There are also a whole lot of wonderful contemporary novels that are set to be released. Here are some of my most anticipated upcoming contemporary reads:
Alright, hit me! What are some YA contemporary novels that you love that I absolutely have to read?!