Top Ten Contemporary Young Adult Books – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish!

Today is FREEBIE week for Top Ten Tuesday — you can post a top ten bookish list about anything you wish! I decided to list my favorite contemporary YA reads. Sorry for all my readers of adult fiction! I’ve just been reading some really good contemporary YA lately!

1. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Um my review for this is almost embarrassing as I reread it. I never really write “OMG fangirly gushfest” reviews because I’m just NOT good at it. But for Stephanie Perkins…it happened. Lola is honestly incredible — one of the best contemps ever. Real issues that felt authentic of the teen experience..not something overly contrived. Great parents involved (she has two dads!) and she and Cricket are amazing characters!

2. Anna and the French Kiss — Ok, folks. It’s like this….Stephanie Perkins seriously is my go-to for contemporary YA fiction so I had to put her on here twice because both of her books were 5 star reads for me! Anna and the French Kiss had the perfect amount of drama and the allure of Paris was undeniable. Oh, and St. Clair…begin swooning NOW!

3. If I Stay/Where She Went — I have to put these two together because they were both incredible and I just see them as a whole story. If I Stay made me honestly sob buckets as it handles a tragedy in the life of a young girl. Where She Went was an honest and raw portrayal of what happens after…for everyone.

4. Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn’t Have – OMG. I laughed so hard with this book. It was fun but also confronted some real issues but in a non-preachy way. Be on the lookout for a review!

5. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – ROAD TRIP! This one combined my love for mixtapes, road trips and romance. It was truly EPIC.

6. Speak – This one is probably one of my favorite books ever. Such a difficult issue and Laurie Halse Anderson dealt with it so delicately but honestly! Very powerful. Definitely should be on the top of your list for contemps you should read!

7. Crank – Such a gritty contemporary YA about an addicted teen….written in verse! I still have yet to read the sequel but I plan to soon!

8. Thirteen Reasons Why – I’ve never felt such a myriad of emotions while reading a book. This book deals with suicide in a unique and interesting way through a series of tapes planned out to be sent after the suicide was planned. Honestly, it was a heartbreaking novel — you feel bad for the girl but also feel so angry for how she sent these tapes out.

9. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager– This is one book that more people need to know about! It’s written by an Australian author (and SET in Austrailia) and it is wonderful! It was refreshing to read some older YA characters and I found it to easily fall among one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

10. The Perks of Being A Wallflower – All fans of YA contemporary fiction should read this book. One of the first YA books I ever read! 

Are there any YA contemps I MUST read? I really want to expand my list!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. TwilightsDance says:

    there are about 3 here listed I have not read that I will add to my very long list of to be read books.

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about the books on your list! I don't usually read contemporary, but I'll have to check them out 🙂

  3. smellincoffee says:

    I like #4's title!

  4. I don't read a lot of contemporary but I love Stephanie Perkins. Also Perks of a Wallflower is beyond amazing.

  5. IngridLola says:

    I'm going to bookmark this post! I know you read alot of YA and I totally trust your judgment. Next time I'm looking for a good YA read I'm coming back to this post.
    Also, I'm drawn towards number one and totally want to read it because Lola is my middle name. 🙂

  6. Emily @ Books and Threads says:

    This is a GREAT list. I'm going to add Speak and Crank to my lists. And I can't wait to read Lola – get here soon, September!

  7. Anne Bennett says:

    I agree with you on several of the book: Speak is amazing, The Perks, Anna and the French Kiss, Thirteen Reasons Why. Good list!

  8. Have you read anything by Melissa Kantor? I just discovered her recently, and have been reading through her books. My favorites are The Darlings Are Forever and The Breakup Bible. I love your list!

  9. 1girl2manybooks says:

    Love so many of the books on your list! Anna, the 2 Gayle Forman's, Amy & Roger, Speak, etc! And I can't wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door. I'll have to check out the few titles from here that I haven't read yet.

  10. I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Have you read Naive.Super by Erland Loe? I read it at about the same time as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and although it's very different, I liked it just as much.

  11. AngelicNytmare says:

    I've heard so many good things about all the books on your list. I want to read Raw Blue. I've seen some aweosme reviews of it, and I have listed as let me know when it comes avaiable at book depository, but as of right now nothing. Anyways, good list. 🙂

  12. Anything by Courtney Summers is a good contemporary read, though I did like Fall For Anything best. Nova Ren Suma's recent Imaginary Girls was quite a compelling read. I adored Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. Also, Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt.

  13. N.L. Mars says:

    Great list! My topic this week is my top 10 books ever. I've only read Thirteen Reasons Why and Anna, but I loved them both, so I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the books. Thanks for the recs!
    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday 🙂

  14. Kailia Sage says:

    Awesome list! I've read and loved all the books mentioned except 4 but I'll take your word on them!

  15. TheJennaGirl says:

    There it is again! Anna and the French Kiss. I cannot wait to read this one. It seems everyone has loved it!

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  16. AgnesPink says:

    I love all of those books except If I stay(which I couldn't complete reading because it was too too intense and sad and while usually I dig depressing books,here I just couldn't) Weakling me!! And Amy & Roger doesn't seem my type :/
    I need to Crank and Raw Edge!
    But the rest of them would probably be in my list too!!
    You have a great choice!
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  17. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    I love your list like WOAH. Now you need to read the Jessica Darling series and add it to it 🙂

  18. Jenni Elyse says:

    I've only read two of the books on your list, but I agree completely with them, especially Speak. It's such a powerful book! And, I loved Anna. I can't wait to read Lola.

  19. Great list! You MUST read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It's AWESOME! Beautiful, funny, painful, addictive. Also, another MUST: Saying Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford. I adore YA contemps, too! 10 Things has been on my list for a while and you just bumped it to the top.

  20. Melissa (Avid Reader) says:

    I loved Perks and If I Stay/Where She Went. I need to read Anna and the French Kiss, so many people have recommended it.

  21. I've heard that Crank is amazing!

  22. Sash and Em says:

    nice list! contemp is something to definitely be appreciated!

    dibs on Cricket Bell. love him

    Check out Sash's Top Ten Guys Who Didn't Get The Girl!

  23. You might like Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road. It's not my favorite, but it seems like it might fit your interests. It's also Australian, by a native author.

  24. Hi Jamie new follower and I must say I love your Top Ten list. I don't read much YA contemporary books, but I've been meaning to and I plan on starting with Anna and the French Kiss. Thank you for the all book recs.

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  25. I really want to read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. I haven't been reading much YA lately, but I feel it coming back. I'm going to pick up something soon.

    Come check out my list for the week at The Scarlet Letter.

  26. I'm a huge fan of YA Fiction and recently read 13 Reasons why, so emotional and soo good!

    Have you read Brutal, The Uglies or Cut?

  27. Oh and I love Speak! Im checking her newest book out now!

  28. FABULOUS list my love! I've read all but one & they are SUCH phenomenal reads!! I LOVE that you picked Contemporary books for this! 🙂

  29. thebookwurrm says:

    So I don't know if you've read her before or not but if not, you must simply try Melina Marchetta. She's also an Australian author and her books are set in Australia. But she has this incredible way of teasing out the emotion, of balancing the angst and funny. It's just so…remarkable. I might turn into a blubbering fool. Try Jellicoe Road. That one was incredible. And Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son were both beautiful too. I read one book and then had to hunt down and read everything else she had written. She's brilliant and okay, I will go away now because I've embarrassed myself gushing. Hehe.

  30. John Green, David Levithan, and Courtney Summers are a few of my favorite contemp authors. I also really loved Jenny Han's Summer series and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

  31. yes yes YES Stephanie Perkins! I will have to read everything else on this list, because based on 1 and 2 you totally get me.

    I would add everything by John Green [my fave is An Abundance of Katherines], Maureen Johnson’s Suite Scarlett and Little Blue Envelopes series, plus Gabrielle Zevin’s Elsewhere!

    • Eee I hope you find something else to love on this list!!

      And I’m audiobooking Elsewhere right now actually!

      • Sorry the audiobook didn’t do Elsewhere justice 😉

        Actually, I was in desperate need for some YA for a Non-Fiction break, so I consulted this list and blasted through “10 Things We Did” in two days. So much fun!