This is a weekly feature I’ve decided to add to my blog! Every Friday I’ll be posting five book recommendations. Sometimes they’ll be themed, others they’ll just be books I’ve loved a lot.
This weeks recommendations are my top five YA Contemporary books!
5 // Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck 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.
I loved this book. It contained the right amount of fluff while still dealing with LGBTQ+ issues. If you’re searching for a LGBTQ+ read with awesome characters and romance, then this is for you.
4 // I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
This book also deals with LGBTQ+ issues and grief. Jandy Nelson’s writing is fantastic and she’s one of my top favourite authors of 2015. I’ll Give You the Sun had romance and family drama and I absolutely loved the story of Noah and Jude.
3 // Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
This book contains suicide and depression which is one of the reasons why I loved it so. Dealing with heavy issues, this book had me entranced. If you enjoy books dealing with mental illness (like myself) then I highly recommend this one.
2 // Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.
This book was fluffy and romantic while still tackling the aftermath of a death. Also, who doesn’t love a good road trip? I absolutely adored Amy and Roger and their journey. If you’re interested in a summery read containing a road trip and whirlwind of emotion, then this one is for you.
1 // All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
This book was amazing. I have no words to describe how much I loved it. It’s one of my top reads for 2015. It was such an accurate portrayal of depression and how it doesn’t just go away when you meet someone. Jennifer Niven’s writing was amazing and this book was filled with such memorable quotes. Violet and Finch will live on with me forever.
I highly, highly, highly recommend this book to everyone.
There you have it guys! My top five contemporary recommendations! Keep an eye out for my upcoming posts, I have a lot going on over the next couple days:
– Mockingjay Part 2 Review/Reaction
– The Colour Run recount
– An Evening with Sarah J. Maas!