|Ina Hattenhauer, Hallo Heute|
YA contemporary is one of my favorite genres, and I've devoured a good share of YA contemporary books over the years. In no particular order, here are five YA contemporary books I particularly hold near and dear to my heart.
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
The very first time I picked up this book, I couldn't get into it. I closed the cover and set it aside for some time.
The second time I picked up this book, I LOVED IT. With a cast of quirky, lovable characters and a complex, interwoven storyline, you'll want to pick up this book.
There's a reason why I'll Give You the Sun won the 2015 Printz Award.
by Melina Marchetta
If someone asked me what my all-time favorite book was, I'd probably respond with a resounding, "Jellicoe Road!"
As was the case with I'll Give You the Sun, it took me a few chapters to really get into Jellicoe Road. I think it was around page 100 that everything started to pick up.
Part ghost-story, mystery, romance, and just good 'ol YA contemporary, Jellicoe Road will leave a lasting impression on every reader.
The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson (Yes, again!)
As you can tell, there's a trend here. Jandy Nelson, that is! I think she's successfully taken the title of my favorite author.
Like Jandy Nelson's other novel, this book is complete with:
A) A beautiful cover
B) Quirky, memorable characters
C) Jandy Nelson's beautiful writing
If you liked I'll Give You the Sun, you're bound to love this one.
Made You Up
by Francesca Zappia
The praise doesn't lie about this next book: Francesca Zappia's debut, Made You Up. Five stars/peaches all the way and totally one of the best books of 2015.
Although this book deals with mental illness, Zappia's story is unlike any I've read before.
I found this book to be both sentimental and unforgettable.
Second Chance Summer
by Morgan Matson
My love for this book is beyond words. Talk about heartwarming and beautiful. I adore Morgan Matson books, and Second Chance Summer is no exception.
This story strangely brings about some sense of nostalgia for summer days gone by and lazy afternoons spent by the lake (even though I've never experienced the "lake house life" myself).
Matson managed to make her characters truly come alive.
I hope you take one (or more) of my suggestions to heart and check out these YA contemporary books!
What are your favorite YA contemporary books?