Top Ten Tuesday #1

Hey guys trying something new today 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog tag hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week a general theme is given and this week’s topic is… Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of <your chosen> Genre.

I think seeing as we’ve well and truly said goodbye to summer, the season of contemporary fiction, I will give my top ten YA contemporary books.

1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book won my heart late last year and I still think about it often. Although I’ve seen people complain about its portrayal of mental illness I felt a huge connection to the characters and their daily struggles with inner demons. 

2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Another portrayal of mental illness but this time one I was unfamiliar with myself. Zappia tells the story of a young girl with schizophrenia who struggles every day deciphering what is reality and what is not all the while going about normal adolescent trials and tribulations. It was a beau red

3. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

This book completely floored me in the best way. I laughed, cried, gasped and shouted in anger while reading this book and struggled ore and more each time life got in the way and demanded I put it down. A must read.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I can’t say much here for fear of spoiling any potential first time readers but my advice is to go in blind. This story will pull the rug from beneath your feet more than once.

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A YA contemporary set at university, this story is told from the POV of Cath a freshman at university who struggles with social anxiety and a v real addiction to writing fan fiction for her favourite fantasy book series Simon Snow.

6. Panic by Lauren Oliver

This book had a great unique plot and an on the edge of your seat adventure that kept me up all night reading. You wouldn’t catch me playing the risk your life game of Panic but I’d definitely read this book again.

7. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This beautiful and quirky tale of Craig, extreme anxiety sufferer, as he checks himself into the psych ward of the local hospital and seriously considering suicide. We neet a diverse cast of characters and go on a very emotional journey with Craig as he thinks about who he is and what he wants outside of others’ expectations of him.

8. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book was one I read in one sitting, it is a clever story of how one girls suicide has a profound impact on a group of her peers – but not just any peers, the ones who, she believes drove her to killing herself. Told through transcripts of audiotapes and mixed POVs. 

9. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli

This book is a love story to the ‘coming out’ subgenre of contemporary fiction. Set during highschool it unfolds the romance between Simon and his online love ‘blue’ and how they both come when their secret romance is no longer secret.

10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera should be studied on the secondary school English literature curriculum. His debut novel tackles the subject of identity and self-acceptance with perfect proportions of wit, drama, happiness and sombre.

Honourable mention:

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer introduces us to Oskar, a very special nine year old who, after losing his father on 9/11 sets off on a journey both spiritual and physical through New York’s districts in order to find answers to his grief and unhappiness.


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