Hello friends. I’m doing my monthly recommendations a bit earlier than in the past so I can be free during vacation. This months topic was contemporary. As I have previously said on my blog, if I’m going to read contemporary then it has to be more than a love story. So this is a list of some of my recent favorite hard hitting YA Contemporaries.
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is about a girl who has remained silent all summer and is now starting freshman year with no friends. She called the cops in June on a High School party she had been invited to which makes her automatically shunned. TW for sexual abuse.
2. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
This is about Maeve who suffers from severe social anxiety. When her mom decides to head out of the country for 6 months she leaves Maeve with her alcoholic father and very pregnant Step Mother. Maeve has to work through her anxiety and find a healthy way to cope . Fantastic book and it came out in February.
3. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Jade lives in the poorer part of her black neighborhood but attends a white private school. Throughout the book she must navigate the different opportunities that adults thrust on her and what she really needs and wants.
4. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
This is about Adam and Julian. Julian used to be Adam’s foster brother until Julian’s uncle came to claim him. Now 2 years later Adam runs into Julian and realizes that Julian is hiding something from him. Great representation and a difficult story that is told so very well.
5. The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
Liv may look like a girl on the outside but he is a boy on the inside. He challenges his school’s dress code that states girls must wear skirts. Impactful and precious at the same time.
6. Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Clare’s family is on the verge of disaster. She must decide if turning her back on her family is self-centered or the only way she take care of herself and not drown.
7. Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen
Reagin has anxiety which is only made worse by the pressure she receives from her mother and her popular friends. When she gets caught gossiping her peers begin bullying her. She comes up with an idea to change the way girls talk about each other.
8. All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Romy knows that the town’s golden boy is in fact not so golden. But her peers and community brand her a liar and bully her endlessly. This is an intense but important novel about rape culture in today’s society.
9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A fictionalized commentary on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Starr is in the car when her best friend is shot by a policeman. The story follows Starr over the coming weeks and months and how she deals with her pain, anger, and fear.
10. Roomies by Sara Zarr
Two girls from opposite sides of the country get the email notifying them that they will be roommates their freshman year of college. Through their email exchanges they slowly become friends and realize that growing up can sometimes mean letting go of who we thought we were to become who we are.
I hope you found something off this list that you would enjoy reading. What is your favorite YA contemporary? Let me know in the comments. I hope you’re having a lovely day!