Great Young Adult Contemporary Reads

Young adult contemporary romance novels. Great for holiday and Summer reading lists.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is “Favorite Authors In X Genre”. Since I just barely started reading more contemporary books (i.e. normal old no power, no magic, no undercover spy work just regular people in world settings) I thought I’d share some of those that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t quite have 10 but these are a good start. And if you wanna be friends on Goodreads, I’m here.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Cohn, Rachel and Levithan, David – Not only is this great for a contemporary (it’s no secret that I have a weakness for powers and magic) but this is now one of my all time favorite books. My friend Linda who’s got similar tastes also just finished it and loved it. It is such a cute story and I am love with the realistic quirky characters. It’s kind of letter style written back and forth between two characters. Seriously I LOVE this book.
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Perkins, Stephanie  – This was my first contemporary book and it is super cute. Boarding school in France and a super crush worthy boy need I say more? And Lola and the Boy Next Door is also a fun one.
Along for the Ride bySarah Dessen – Whenever you hear people talk about contemporary YA you’re sure to hear Sarah Dessen mentioned. I’ve read a couple of her books and while they take me a little bit to get into they are fun. I really liked Along for the Ride, it stuck with me and I think it has some interesting ideas about first impressions. I’ve also read Dessen’s Lock and Key which I liked but not quite as much as Along for the Ride but it’s fun and light if you want a good vacay book.
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1) by Johnson, Maureen  – This was cute. It’s a story of a girl who is sent on tasks around the world by her dead aunt via a stack of 13 blue envelops. Not my favorite but a fun light read for sure.
The Sky Is Everywhere by Nelson, Jandy – This book deals with some super heavy issues and while heart wrenching at times it didn’t feel unbearable or too much. The familial relationships are fantastic. Definitely a good one for those of you close to sister.
And here are a few gate-way contemporary books. For those of you who like something fantastical these are books with otherworldly aspects but a strong contemporary feel. 
Unraveling (Unraveling, #1) by Norris, Elizabeth – Very fun. While the twist happens with a somewhat awkward bit of info dump the idea is really interesting.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Hodkin, Michelle – This was one of my favorite books that I read last year and the sequel comes out next week. Eeeek so so excited. It’s like a crazy roller coaster with one of the most attractive boy interests ever.


  1. You have me wanting to read about 1/2 of these. I just got done reading “Matched” and I am looking for more since the trilogy isn’t done yet.

    Thanks so much,

  2. These sound really cool!

    Rachel Nicole @ Summer Breeze
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  4. How have I seriously not read any of these? Although I am not sure this is my favorite genre.

  5. Man, I keep seeing this Anna and the French Kiss everywhere! Guess I better pick it up :)

  6. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favorites! As you said, what’s better than a cute boy and Paris?

    13 Little Blue Envelopes is a lot of fun and made me want to backpack across Europe someday!

    I LOVE Mara Dyer. Noah Shaw is perfection.

    Awesome list! (:

  7. LOVE your choices! So many of these are favorites for me as well! I still need to read The Sky is Everywhere and Unraveling, though, but it’s nice to hear they’re both awesome :)
    Here’s my TTT

  8. I’ve read hardly any of these authors work, other than Michelle Hodkin, but basically the rest are all ones I’m really wanting to read! Awesome list!

  9. I LOVE your list! Mara is so amazing! The sequel is just as good. I also love 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Anna, and all of them basically. :)
    My Top Ten

  10. So many books I still need to read! Anna and the French Kiss! I need to read it. Need. :)

    J’adore Happy Endings

  11. I am also new-ish to the YA Contemp genre. I only started reading it more this year. I haven’t read Sarah Dessen or Rachel Cohn yet… say what?? I am reading If I Stay by Gayle Forman and it’s amazing so far. If you’re looking to try other contemps, you should check it out!

  12. I love this list.. and especially Mara Dyer!!! Great Job!
    Here’s my TTT

  13. I have only read two of these, but the rest were already on my TBR list! I love this genre
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  14. I really want to read Anna & Mara Dyer! Great list :)

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  15. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my all time favorites! It is the book that made me realize that I really enjoy YA contemporary. I’ve read some of the others on your list, but there are a few here that I need to check out! Great list. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    ~Nikki (Imaginative Adventure)

  16. Some great choices on your list! I also need to read The Sky Is Everywhere, I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for about 6 months! And I need to try a Sarah Dessen book too, somehow I’ve just never got around to reading her.

  17. Anna and the French Kiss was my first YA contemporary too! It seriously got me hooked on the genre. And that Sarah Dessen book is my favorite!


  18. Great list!! I’m a big fan of Sarah Dessen. The Truth About Forever, Just Listen and What Happened to Goodbye are my top 3 favorites by her <3

  19. Amazing choices! 13 Little Blue Envelopes is one of my all time favorite books!

  20. I’m clearly a week late here but awesome list! I don’t read a whole lot of YA contemporary so perhaps I’ll check out some of these books out ;) Thanks for dropping by my blog last week =)

    Li @

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