Top 10 Books for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA Contemporary

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Yay, Top Ten Tuesday is back with new topics starting this week!  For those unfamiliar with it, Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.

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Since I’ve been reading and loving a lot of YA contemporary books lately, I decided to come up with a list of some amazing books that I think people who don’t usually read YA contemporary would love.  All of these are favorites of mine.  Some are light and fun, while others are more serious and shine a much-needed spotlight on important social issues and, in some cases, mental health issues.  All of these books are so good that I think they could turn any reader into a fan of YA contemporary even if it’s not usually your thing.

 

Top 10 Book Recs for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA Contemporary

 

1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

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2. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

 

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3.  SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali

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4. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

 

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5. THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

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6. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

 

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7. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon

 

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8. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis

 

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9. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall

 

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10. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

 

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Question: What books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read YA contemporary fiction?

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  1. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Amazing list! Half of them are some of my all-time favorites too and the other half is still on my TBR so I can only agree wholeheartedly with your list 🙂 They’re definitely must-reads for people who aren’t normally into YA contemporary.

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  2. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Ooh some really good ones on here like Simon Vs. and Fangirl. Others I need to read – The Upside of Unrequited and The Hate U Give (though I own a copy so SOON).

    One of my all-time favorite contemporary novels is Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert, so I highly recommend that.

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  3. Louise
    Louise says:

    Great list idea! I’d definitely class myself as someone who doesn’t usually read YA contemporary, but I really liked Simon versus… and The Female of the Species is on my TBR, so these recs seem spot on to me!

    My TTT this week.

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  4. Louise ✨🦇
    Louise ✨🦇 says:

    I loved The Hate U Give and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda! I think I’d recommend either David Levithan or Jenny Han’s books to people who don’t normally read contemporary; there’s pretty light and easy going but there are some serious subjects in them at the same time 🙂

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  5. Angela
    Angela says:

    I haven’t read a ton of contemporary YA fiction lately, and I haven’t read any of these, so I think may have to check some of them out! Everything, Everything is one I’m particularly interested in.

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  6. Kelly @ Kelly's Rambles
    Kelly @ Kelly's Rambles says:

    There are some really fantastic book recs here. I love YA contemporaries but there are a couple here that I haven’t read yet. The Hate U Give is going to appear on a lot of ‘Best of 2017’ lists at the end of the year I think and rightfully so!
    I also chose contemporary for my post but with a UKYA slant, maybe you’ll find something there you like the look of!
    Here’s my TTT.

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  7. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    This list is exactly what I needed! I’m definitely not usually a contemporary YA fan, but the few I have read on this list (The Hate U Give and The Female of the Species) are ones that I LOVED! I will definitely be looking into more of these because this list seems great. Thanks for the recs! 🙂

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I love her books too. Reading her books was actually what got me more interested in YA contemporary. I also can’t wait to watch the Simon movie when it comes out. 🙂

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  8. Jo
    Jo says:

    I’ve heard of most of these but the only one I’ve read is Under Rose Tainted Skies. I’m not a big contemporary YA reader, a lot of them seem to be very romance focused and I’m not big on that.

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m not big on romance either so most of the ones on this list either don’t have a romance or else the romance is secondary to a more substantial storyline.

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  9. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    I read more YA contemps than I ever did before and it’s always nice to get more ideas! Under Rose- Tainted Skies is one I added to my TBR after reading some great reviews, and Fangirl is a favorite of mine.

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  10. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    As a huge contemporary YA fan I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve only read one of these – Everything, Everything. I guess I just need to add all the rest to my TBR pile lol I have been dying to get my hands of The Hate You Give and Words of Blue though. Everyone in the blogging community seems to just love them. Wonderful list, Suzanne! 🙂

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  11. Angie @ Ba_BAMB
    Angie @ Ba_BAMB says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve really dived into YA Contemporary, but I have a huge to read list. Words in Deep Blue is near the top! I also really want to read the Becky Albertalli books. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Carmen
    Carmen says:

    Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a feel-good book. I can`t wait for the movie to come out. Also, The Hate U Give is such an important book. On that note, I`m also very excited for “Dear Martin”, who deals with the same topics.

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