YA Contemporary Novels about Real Life Issues.

05 August 2014

11.Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher. OMG! AMAZING! Basics: A guy, Logan, just got out of a relationship where he got cheated on. Enter this quirky, cute girl. Sage. Match made in heaven right? If only things were that simple. Sage is a transgender girl who is trying to make the world see her for what she is. Logan is trying to understand his growing feelings as well as what they mean. This book will break your heart, but it's worth having your heart broken over. It's a story that needs to be read.

10. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. If you are just getting into contemporary novels this is a must read. It's short but it's an amazing story you can relate to. It was one of the first contemporary novels I fell in love with.        

 9. Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. It's a gritty book about losing someone you love and yeah it's sad but we read contemporary because it's realistic and sadness it a part of life. Seeing Character's deal with their problems and grief teaches us how to deal with our own or at the very least reminds us we're not alone. That's true of all books but specifically contemporary novels.                                          

8. Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson.This book deals with anorexia and does a good job at depicting what it's like to lose someone to the same disease you have. Again it's sad and probably not the best book to start of with but once you get into the genre it's a good book to read. It's definitely worth reading.

7. Red Glass by Laura Resau. It's essentially about this girl whose family takes in a little boy who crossed the boarder and was left without a family. Her family decide to take him back to his parents. It's got romance as well. It's a really good book!

6. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. It's everything a book should be. It's got suspense, romance, mystery and great characters that will break your heart. The story is amazing and so well told!

5.Breathless by Jessica Warman. After her brother is taken to a mental hospital and being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Katie struggles to make a new life for herself in her new boarding school. It's really well told, i think, and it WILL leave you breathless.

4.Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez. I can't even with this book. It's amazing and raw and just simply can't get out of your head good. It's essentially about a super talented Violinist that has a psychological drug addiction. Enter cute boy who makes her question everything. Like I said it's a great book.
3. The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson. It's one of the best books I've ever read. It's about a girl who loses her sister and deals with romance, grief and being a teenager. It's kind of like that one sad song that you always listen to. Despite all the sad aspects of it it's a well written book that will definitely touch your heart. If it doesn't, you don't have one.

2. Hold Still by Nina LaCour. This is basically about a girl who loses her best friend in the entire world. Her best friend committed suicide. This is about healing and moving on and trying to accept what's happened. Clearly I really like depressing books. But the characters definitely have you rooting for them. Every character in the book is real and you just want to give them a hug. I love feeling connecting to characters and this book is one of those books that has just left such an imprint on me

1. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. This book is one of my all time favorite books. It's gritty and hard and sad but it's got hope somewhere in the mix of things. It's about a girl named Andie who lost her brother and as a result lost her way. She finds her way back with the help of some french friends and an old diary written by a French girl during the revolution. It's a book that is primarily contemporary which is why it's on the list but it does have some fantasy elements for those of you not ready to let go of pure fiction. Honestly, this book left such a mark on me, and left me crying, but it's still full of hope. It was amazing. I've read it 6 times.

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