I have read many contemporaries in my time and I’m surprised at how incredibly underrated the following 10 are. They all impacted my life in different ways and I’m so fricken excited to share them with youuuu!
- Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
I read this book back in 2016 and I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with it. Following the life of Alex, a teenage girl faced with schizophrenia that blurs the line between fiction and reality, this book turned out to be such a delightful surprise.
It’s basically perfect and funny and sweet and heartwarming and sad and suspenseful and you need to READ IT RIGHT NOW!
2. What Light by Jay Asher
Besides that fricken gorgeous cover, What Light is a story on cuteness and forgiveness and moving on. I absolutely loved in! I binged it in a single morning and was melting from cuteness for the rest of the week.
Also, it’s such a perfect winter read, it made me feel so fuzzy! Gahhhh!
3. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Trigger warning – rape.
This book is powerful. This book is striking. This book is heart wrenching. This book is real.
I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. Not only because it moved me so much, but it shows the real, behind the scenes, actions of what sometimes takes place when a victim talks out. The main character follows the story of her classmate, a highschool girl from a small town, after she accuses four star athletes of raping her.
It’s so deep and raw and sad, but it’s SO SO SO IMPORTANT.
4. Some Boys by Patty Blount
Another tough read also concerning rape.
This book shattered my soul, my essence, and broke my heart so many times. Like the previous book I was talking about, it deals with the real consequences when a victim tries to speak out – against a star athlete.
What I loved most about this book was that it basically followed the healing process for the victim. It’s so raw, man, really a powerful read.
5. One by Sarah Crossan
IF YOU WANT POSITIVE SIBLING REPRESENTATION, FRICKEN PICK UP THIS BOOK.
Written in free-form poetry, this book follows the life of conjoined twin sister. It’s absolutely one of my favourite 2016 reads. It’s shows the day-to-day life that the girls experience and makes you feel like you too are a part of them, instead of an outsider, watching.
Also, it’s gonna crush your soul, be prepared even though there is no way to be prepared. 🙂 enjoy the pain.
6. The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
THIS. FRICKEN. BOOK.
It’s fun, it’s cute, it’s adventurous, it’s funny, and it’s all about friendship.
Our four main characters, Melanie Jane, Ana, Liv, and Peyton have had enough of the extreme favouritism bestowed upon the football players and decide to get back at them – but at their own game.
Basically, you get to follow them plot and plan and pull some hilarious stunts all while watching love form and friendship bloom. It’s great.
7. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
If you know me, you know that I’m trash for this hella cute book.
Gahhh, friendship, love, hilarity, positive parent/child relationships, this book has got it all.
It’s a hoot, the entire book is a hoot and it’s so amazingly cute and fun I can’t put it into words. Just read it, please, please, please.
8. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
You have NOT read an incredible thriller until you have read this book.
It’s gruesome, it’s scary, it’s disheartening, it’s so realistic, and the plot twists are sure to have you so shook you’re going to feel like every other thriller pales in comparison.
I have still yet to find a thriller that I love as much as this one.
9. Literally ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
Okay, so I know I said 10 books only, but I HAVE to make an exception.
Courtney Summers is one of my favourite contemporary authors. I have not read ANYTHING by her that I didn’t enjoy and love and cherish and tear up through. Her books usual concern VERY difficult topics ((rape, suicide, betrayal)) but they’re DONE SO WELL AND REALISTIC AND they really hit you in the feels.
They’re so goooooodddddd!!! Read anything by her, I promise you won’t regret.
10. Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
Annndd finally, let’s end with a cute one.
I binged this book in a morning and have no regrets. It’s one of those contemporaries that gets teenagers RIGHT. It’s honest and cute and adorable and funny and relatable ((besdies the fact that Jonah is not in my life bc WHAT THE HECK NOT??!!!?? IM WAITING))
It’s one of those books that are cheesy in the most perfect of senses and gahh I love it to pieces.
Narrowing it down to these 10 were hella hard because there are SO MANY more I wanted to add, but who knows maybe I’ll make a part 2 sometime later!!
Have you read any of these 10? Which contemporary books do you think are hella underrated?
Until the next post,