Thursday, September 4, 2014

First kisses, True Love and Hardships--I need YA Contemporary Recommendations.

So here's the thing, I don't think John Green is the messiah of young adult literature. I just don't. If you disagree, I want to be sorry. I really do but I'm not.

I can't seem to get a single YA contemporary or realistic fiction recommendation without being assaulted with, "You have to read every single book John Green has written, and then read it again!"
I just want to read some other authors. Possibly some that are not very well known. I really don't care but for the love of Gah I need something other than John Green. 

I've already noted Rainbow Rowell. I'm looking for some others. PLEASE! Also, if you have any other book recommendations that are not YA contemporary. I'll take those too. Thanks in advance!


  1. I can't stand John Green. I don't see all the fuss about him. He's not very good. He can just tell a story that sucks in a bunch of girls. That's all I think of when I think of him.

    Have you tried Sarah Ockler? She writes realistic fiction for teens. I really liked Twenty Boy Summer and The Book of Broken Hearts.

    1. He's so overly hyped!

      Thanks! I haven't read any of hers yet.

  2. Also try Kasie West or Hunteley Fitzpatrick. I loved them!

  3. I love Anatea's recs!! I also recommend Emery Lord and Morgan Matson. If you're interested in trying some NA contemporary, I really enjoyed Alyssa Rose Ivy's books :)

  4. Katie McGarry is one of my favorites. Jessica Brody's contemporary's are good for something funny....I also liked Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt, and The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller.
    Hope you find some good ones!

    Em @

  5. Have you read the Anna and the French Kiss series of books by Stephanie Perkins? I really enjoy those. I also enjoyed The Geography of You and Me. I have just really started getting more into contemporary YA works
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  6. Ginger Scott's first book, Waiting on the Sidelines, is YA. (The rest of her books, including the sequel, are NA. I don't read a lot of NA but I love hers.)

  7. I just found a YA contemporary book called "Count On Me" by Melyssa Winchester. I haven't heard of it before or read it but the Goodreads ratings seem to be flourishing. I thought you might be interested.

  8. It would be easier to recommend you authors if I knew who you've already read stuff by. But some of my favorite Contemporary authors are:

    Abbi Glines, Cheryl McIntyre, Jay Crownover, Penelope Douglas, Rachel Van Dyken, J.Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout), Colleen Hoover, Fisher Amelie, Amy Harmon, Tammy Falkner, Katie McGarry and Gayle Forman.

    Although, many of these are slightly more New Adult rather than Young Adult, so keep that in mind.

  9. I'm going to be looking up every single author here. Even though I do love my John Green, I do require other options :)
    Sweet idea though! Super genius.

  10. If you like light and fluffy, feel good books, read Kasie West or Stephanie Perkins. Also, I loved The Summer I Became a Nerd, so cute! I also loved To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. That book made me smile. Something Real by Heather Demetrios was amazing. I also loved The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. Love and Other Foreign Words…loved. Flat-Out Love…read it!!! Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill…adorable. Basically, all of these books I've mentioned have been 5 star reads for me. I actually have more recommendations, but I'll stop now. I don't read too many "issue" type contemporary books, but I've read a few, so if you want recommendations for that type, just let me know. ~Pam

  11. Definitely agree with you on the John Green thing. I think he's an awesome author but I'm not head over heels in love with his writing.

    I recently read Magnolia by Kristi Cook. It's like a modern day Romeo and Juliette turned on its head and set in the deep south. Instead of the teens falling in love and the families hating each other, it's the other way around. The families are trying to push the teens together and the teens hate each other. It's one of my favorite contemporary reads of the year!

  12. Ughh John Green. I keep getting college brochures sent from Kenyon College with his face plastered all over them (that's where he graduated from).

    Anyway I suggest "The Sky is Everywhere". Its full of hardship, teenage love, and surprisingly mature themes