Monday, September 26, 2011

Contemporary Suggestions?

It seems like all I have been reading/finding these days on Goodreads/bookshelves/blogs these days is dystopian and paranormal stuff. Am I crazy? (Don't answer that!)

This is not a bad thing per se, especially since I love me some Hunger Games, Matched, Possession, etc., BUT at the last conference I went to I heard all the agents say they were looking for contemporary, including my dream agent Sara Crowe. So where are they all? Is it a delay in the publishing industry and we'll see a wave of them in a year...or am I crazy? (Again, don't answer that...especially you Starbucks guy over there laughing at me! I swear there is a vibrating phone in this damn couch!)

So, hook a sister up. I am looking for some good contemporary YA to read. And I need some suggestions.

Got contemporary?


  1. I ADORE Simone Elkeles and her Perfect Chemistry books, swooned over Stephanie Perkins's Anna and the French Kiss, idolize Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling books beginning with Sloppy Firsts (if you happened to be a teen in the 90's you MUST read this series!), and anything by Sarah Dessen, reigning contemp queen!

    In a shameless plug, I just pubbed a book called Double Clutch. It's a YA love triangle, and it's getting some really nice reviews on Goodreads :)! (I swear, it's not even my little sister and best friend reviewing it!)

    LOVE contemporary YA, and hope you enjoy some of these titles!!

  2. Thanks Elizabeth! Those are some great suggestions. I think Anna and the French Kiss is on my all time fave lists. But those others I need to check out. And of course yours:)

  3. Margetta Geeling's Fancy White Trash. Deb Caletti's The Nature of Jade. Both funny, completely memorable. I'll post more as I think of them...

  4. Janette Rallison has some great contemp YA (her most recent are fantasy, but she has a long list of contemp). Sara Zarr is also very good. Stephanie Perkins, of course. Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries are quite fun.

  5. Um... I'm apparently just as crazy. I'm not here to be helpful-- I'm here to be helped.

  6. Yeah, there's always a lag time. I wish I could help you. I read very little YA, contemporary or otherwise. But it will be nice for the teen set to have something else besides all the depressing dystopian stuff out there.

  7. I really loved Anna and the French Kiss and 13 Reasons Why. Very different books, but both really great.

  8. My teenagers are very much into the Cherub books by Robert Muchamore, and the Skuldugery Pleasant books by Derek Landy.
    My son wasn't that much of a reader until he found the Cherub books - They are about Kid Spies.
    I saw his light on in his room gone midnight, and was about to tell him off for playing on the xbox, I opened the door and he was reading! I just gave him a reminder of how late it was. Didn't want to tell him off for actually reading a book. lol

  9. Jessie -

    I have a few I wrote that are on sub that you don't have to crit, lol. And free :D

    Also you're asking for MY genre, lol. This is what I live, breathe and devour.

    The starred ones make me feel like a hack of a writer, so if you want to improve your language skills . . .

    Um . . .
    Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
    *20 Boy Summer - Ockler
    The Unwritten Rule - By . . . crap. I forgot.
    The Summer series by Jenny Han (Sooo good)
    The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen
    *Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
    The Chosen One - Carol Lynch Williams
    *Anything by john green (but he's not for everyone, I just have a huge crush on him)
    Nick and Norah's Infinite playlist if you don't mind a LOT of swearing, lol.
    *Wintergirls by Halse Anderson
    *The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    Being Sixteen by Allyson Condie
    *Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

    Okay, that's all I could come up with without checking my goodreads acct.
    have fun with it!! Are we friends on goodreads? Are you on goodreads?? If you are, and we're not friends, that needs to change, b/c I think I'd trust your taste in books.

  10. I didn't bother putting up books that were already rec'd, but I did like Anna and the French Kiss and Perfect Chemistry was fun, too.

  11. I think it's more contemporary romance than anything.

  12. Oh goodness... ask Jolene! She'll know. As for me. I recently finished CAMERONS ROAD by Michael Wojciechowski. Contemporary but not exactly YA. Still, you'd probably love it. I did.

  13. 13 Reasons Why is great. Also, The Duff... I'm sure there are many more, just not really the genre I read alot in.

  14. Okay, I wasn't helpful on this one; glad to see we had a few that could save the day. I'll have to check out a few of them myself. :)

  15. I concur with Jolene--I loved all those books. Unwritten Rule was Elizabeth Scott. I like all of her books (Bloom wasn't my favorite though). I mostly read YA contemp, so I have a ton on GoodReads. Look me up if you'er on there.

  16. Bannon's Invisible does have girl that disappears but that's the only element that is paranormal. It's not magical but genetic. It's a cool book.

    The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend).

    Try Hoot by Hiassen. Environmental themes.


    The WRinger.

    Holes...I really liked this book. The movie was okay.

    The Curious Incident of the Dog at at Midnight--autistic kid investigates a dog's death.

  17. I really liked the book Rules by Cynthia Lord. And by Wendelin Van Drannen the books Flipped and The Running Dream.

  18. you're not crazy - i have noticed the same thing

  19. Everyone's made great suggestions, and I strongly second 13 Reasons and Duff. I would add All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab. I write contemp, so I love that agents are looking for it.