What are your FIVE favourite contemporary YA novels?
If you had asked me this question a few months ago I wouldn't have been able to answer it because up until then I really hadn't read much YA contemporary. Not sure why that is, but now that I have read some, I'm kind of hooked.
Here are my FIVE favourite YA contemporary novels with FIVE things I ♥ about each:
1) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- The setting - Is there anywhere more romantic than Paris?
- The sweet relationship between Anna and Étienne
- Étienne St. Clair - "French name, English accent..."
- Anna's voice - Stephanie Perkins is a voice genius
- The writing was fantastic. I could not put this book down.
2) Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- Cricket Bell, the boy next door (for real) - tall, sweet, and a hint nerdy
- Lola's unique sense of style, or as she put's it, her 'belief in costume'
- Lola's voice - again, Stephanie Perkins is nothing short of a voice genius
- The sweet relationship between Lola and Cricket, years in the making
- The family dynamic in the Nolan household - unique and really great
- I'm cheating and adding a 6th reason: Completely unputdownable
3) The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
- Nothing fancy, just a cute, sweet romance between two likable people
- That both Hadley and Oliver were working through personal difficulties
- That it doesn't shy away from the possibility of love at first sight
- The dual settings of an airplane over the ocean and London, England
- Oliver's sense of humour - he was funny and completely charming
4) Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- The road trip was great, with little tidbits about locations visited as well as road trip playlists for the journey - I found new music that I like on them!
- The road trip was like a journey in that both Amy and Roger were sorting through their own personal struggles all along the way - very interesting
- No insta-love here, it takes a while to develop from amicable to 'in love'
- I genuinely liked both Amy's and Roger's personalities and interests
- Overall, the story was just well-written, engaging, and entertaining
5) Jane by April Lindner
- I love modern day retellings of classic novels when they're done right, and since I have been in love with Jane Eyre for years, this thrilled me to bits. And as far as I know, this particular story has never been tackled before.
- Updating a story about a governess to suit a 21st century audience is no mean feat. We as Western females have so many more options open to us nowadays. I think April Lindner handled this challenge spectacularly.
- Even though I could anticipate what was going to happen next (knowing the story it was based on really well), I didn't find this to be a problem at all.
- If you don't go into it with super high expectations and just enjoy it for what it is, it's a fun read. Like I said, kudos to Lindner for even attempting a retelling of this classic.
- I'm a sucker for a good romance fraught with challenges, but with a happy resolution.
This is one of the songs I got from a road trip playlist in Amy & Roger's Epic Detour:
World Spins Madly On by The Weepies (click the ♫ symbol to open player)
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Totally unrelated, but really cool: Just visited Laini Taylor's blog and found out the title for the upcoming (Fall 2012) sequel to the completely amazing Daughter of Smoke and Bone:
So, so excited for this book! There's also a little snippet/teaser on her blog for Book 2 HERE.