Summer is the perfect season to read books under the contemporary genre. Here is a list of YA contemporary books I loved with all my heart.
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY BY JENNY HAN
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
Published May 5th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
This is the first book in the Summer Trilogy. I only recommend this one because among the three, this was my favourite. It was the element of friendship and family that made me love the story. The character development was great and that plot twist, I didn’t see coming. I loved the ending. I think it was perfect.
And you gotta love Conrad. I mean, the hotness! Perfect for the summer.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS BY STEPHANIE PERKINS
Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?
Published July 16th 2013 by Speak (first published December 2nd 2010)
Oh my gosh, you guys! If you want cuteness, this is the perfect book for youI loved the setting—an American school in Paris and, well, Paris. A love story happening in the City of Love? Sign me up! And the plot was good. It was realistic and very relatable.
WARNING: There’s cheating involved in the story. It might be triggering to some.
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA BY BECKY ALBERTALLI
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
LGBT + Harry Potter + Cuteness = Me, dead because of ecstasy. I gave this book 5 out of 5 because it was really addicting. I read it within a day and I loved it and myself for that. I think it was my first time reading a book that quick; all the time I was reading it, happiness was the only emotion I was feeling. And there’s a movie adaptation coming. So, yeah, you gotta read this… now!
FLIPPED BY WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN
Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.
Published May 13th 2003 by Knopf (first published October 9th 2001)
Actually, I first saw the movie before reading the book. It didn’t suck, though, because I didn’t understand the movie. The book was so great. Again, cuteness. I loved the alternating PoV, too. My favourite PoV was of Bryce. I was always curious about what he thought of Juli. There were sad parts, but mostly happy. There were issues within their family that were involved, making things more interesting.
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE BY JENNIFER NIVEN
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
Published October 4th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published April 4th 2016)
First time reading a Jennifer Niven book and it gave me a good first impression. The writing style was great and very easy to understand. Things I love (and you might, too) were mentioned, encouraging me to read more. The true reason why I read this was because of Jack’s illness. I was curious about what it was like to be face-blind. It sucks! I don’t want to wake up everyday not recognizing the people I know, and I’m sure you don’t want to as well.
THANKS FOR READING! HAVE A GREAT SUMMER, EVERYONE!