Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite contemporaries! I am a huge fan of contemporaries but lately, haven't been reading them as much! But I thought I'd share with you a few that I have read over the past few years and enjoyed!
Also, this was originally supposed to be a Valentine's Day contemporary reads post but in usual fashion, I didn't plan it correctly and then didn't end up posting it! #oops
I'm going to keep the intro brief because this post is going to be quite long!
These are in no particular order.
A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard
So I wanted to start off with one of my most recently read and absolute favourite ones! I loved loved loved this book for how realistic the romance was, what great representation it had (from what I know!) and how much it changed and taught me.
This book is about a selectively mute girl and a deaf boy and it focuses on their romance and their life struggles – including things like communicating with each other, fitting in with others, figuring out what to do after school, dealing with parents etc.
It was so raw and well written and absolutely amazing and moving. Safe to say it zoomed up to the very top on my favourites list <3 o:p="">3>
For more thoughts, check out my spoiler free review on it!
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
This was such a cute, unexpected and loveable book! I loved Maddy and Olly because they were both such enjoyable protagonists. As a reader, you could sense their chemistry and how good they were together but instead of making it too intense, Yoon kept it light hearted with funny conversations and enjoyable quips happening between the two!
EE is about a girl who is allergic to the world and has spent 17 years of her life locked inside her house and until a boy moves in next door called Olly. And Olly is very determined to get Maddy out of the house.
I am aware this has some major representation issues and I am in no way saying this book is perfect. The ableism in this book is not okay and it definitely needs some work so if you do read this, please keep this in mind! And if you are a blogger yourself and are reviewing it, please mention this problematic aspect in your review!
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell is one of my favourite authors because she is such an awesome contemporary writer! Her books are super realistic and enjoyable and her characters are very three dimensional and relatable and that’s pretty much how I felt about this one too!
Cath has never really been apart from her twin sister Wren but when they go to college, Wren decides she wants to separate from Cath to find her way on her own and suddenly Cath finds herself alone for the first time in her life.
More than the romance (even though Levi is great, don’t get me wrong!), I loved the love between the sisters and the love Cath had for her father. The focus on something other than romance added layers to the book and made it all the more enjoyable.
But the romance is pretty darn good because Levi is the cutest, sweetest cinnamon roll in the world!
FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
I read this one a while ago and really enjoyed it. It’s short, cute, fluffy and light hearted but also has a deeper message.
Audrey suffers from anxiety to the point where she doesn’t go to school anymore and wears dark glasses inside. That is, until her brother’s friend Linus comes into her life. The two instantly connect and she is able to confide her deepest and darkest fears in him and that, ladies and gentlemen is just the beginning.
Kinsella’s unique writing style, Audrey’s loveable personality and the book’s witty and adorable prose was just too much for my poor little heart to handle. If you haven’t read this, I highly suggest getting onto it!
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han
Even though I read three years ago, I am counting it on my list because this is the perfect contemporary book to read. It’s filled with love, not just romantic love as the title suggests but also familial and sisterly love.
Lara Jean is an ordinary girl that, like other ordinary girls falls in and out of love. But unlike others, she writers letters to ‘all the boys she’s loved before’ and keeps them in her teal hatbox. Until one day when all her letters get mailed out…
I loved the sisterly love in this book especially. It was a really refreshing read, especially since I could see myself a lot in Lara Jean as I too, am quite a homey person who would rather bake and read and hang out with my family then go out all the time!
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
This is another book I read around three years ago that I am in desperate need of re-reading soon! However when I read it, I remember liking it quite a lot because it was such a perfectly fluffy and enjoyable contemporary!
Anna is sent off to Paris and while she is initially quite bummed about it, seeing she had the perfect life back home in Atlanta, she gets over it quickly when she meets Étienne. The only problem is, he has a girlfriend.
I really, really need to do a re-read of this soon and fingers crossed I can soon! I hope when I do get to read it again it is just as good as I remember!
HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
This is a book I read on e-book about 2 years ago and loved it instantly. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before, having not had much exposure to k-pop in books. It was well written, very cute and had me on the edge of my seat waiting and wanting more!
Grace has escaped from her life in America and gone to the furthest place she could think of – Korea – for a fresh start and wants nothing more to do with music after leaving her famous producer of a father behind, she is surprised to find her roommate’s brother is a rising k-pop singer. Grace finds herself thrust back into the spotlight and has to figure out if that is truly what she wants.
Other than being a great diverse read, this book was well written and simple to read. Ever since I read it two years ago, I have been back a countless number of times to re-read my favourite sections because I couldn’t get over how awesome it was!
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson
The main reason I included this book is because of the amazing friendship there is in this book! Emily and Sloane were the perfect best friends and I loved seeing their close, pure and completely raw friendship.
Emily’s best friend Sloane goes missing but she leaves behind 13 tasks for Emily to complete. Thinking that completing these tasks would lead her to Sloane, Emily takes them on only to discover so much more than she originally bargained for.
The fun writing style coupled with the serious summer vibes just reminds me of what a perfect read contemp read this is!
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sàenz
What an adorable book! I loved how this dealt with so much more than just romance. It had such important issues and much needed diversity included. It’s a heart-warming coming of age story that will leave you wanting more even after you finish the final page.
Aristotle and Dante are two loners who are struggling with their own problems. But when they meet each other, they discover they have a special friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And through this friendship, Ari and Dante will learn truths about themselves and the people they want to be.
This was such an insanely beautiful book that was well written and articulated, the characters were so loveable and lifelike. It appealed to everyone, even those that were not going through the same things as these boys and I cannot encourage you enough to read this book if you haven’t!
That is it for my contemporary recommendations! These are so cute and enjoyable and must reads! Some of these are a bit heavier than the others but they all leave you with the happy, light feeling at the end!
Have you read any of these? What did you think? And if not, are any of these on your TBR?