Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Top Ten Contemporary YA Authors

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a toughie for me because I'm not a big genre reader, but I have been gravitating towards contemporary YA a lot lately so I thought I'd list some of the awesome authors I've come across...

Sure, it may look completely random and irrelevant, but contemporary YA makes me happy and so does this gif. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

1. Stephanie Perkins. Anna and the French Kiss completely blew me away, and although I didn't enjoy Lola and the Boy Next Door quite as much, it was still great. I can't wait for Perkins' next novel, Isla and the Happily Ever After, to come out.

2. Melina Marchetta. One of my favourite authors of all time. I love the way Marchetta captures authentic emotions and experiences and creates such wonderful, well-rounded and realistic characters. All of her contemporary fiction is fantastic, but On the Jellicoe Road is probably my favourite.

3. Ann Brashares. I've mentioned before that it was The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series that introduced me to YA and made me rethink my previous (judgmental) stance on it. It was such a fun and touching read. I've been meaning to reread the series for awhile, especially with the last installment that's come out, but I've heard some spoilers so I'm kinda scared.

4. Gayle Forman. If I Stay is kinda supernatural, but its sequel, Where She Went is more contemporary. I adored both books and their characters, but I especially appreciated Adam's point of view in Where She Went.

5. Libba Bray. I have a ridiculous amount of love for Beauty Queens. I thought it was clever, hilarious and so much fun. I've wanted to read more of Bray's books every since I read it, but sadly for me I haven't gotten around to it yet.

6. Morgan Matson. I loved Amy and Roger's Epic Detour; the characters were likable and the story was so much fun, while still maintaining some serious aspects. It made me totally want to take a road trip around the US and eat lots of hamburgers. Second Chance Summer was also a great read, and utterly heartbreaking.

7. Simone Elkeles. I wasn't sure whether I should put Simone on the list given the recent hullabaloo around the way she responded to one of her reviews, but the truth is I absolutely loved her Perfect Chemistry series so she deserves a spot here. Sure, it's totally cheesy and predictable, but it's also completely addictive and fun.

8. Judy Blume. 'Nuff said.

OK, I'm out. Unfortunately I haven't read enough contemporary YA to have a complete top ten (though it's probably the genre I've read the most!). Because I'm kinda OCD and can't have an incomplete list, here are two contemporary YA authors I want to read.

1. John Green. I know. I haven't read any John Green. Yes, I'm hanging my head in shame.

2. Sarah Dessen. Now my whole body is hanging in shame.

Who are your favourite contemporary YA authors?


40 comments:

  1. How can you do a post on YA authors and then admit that you haven't read any John Green or Sarah Dessen? Haha they're the only ones I've read on your list! (besides Judy Blume, but 'nuff said...)

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  2. Melina Marchetta is on my list too, Belle. I did the same genre as you so you should come check it out! Sarah Dessen is amazing but...I haven't read John Green either. *shoot me* LOL. Nice ist.

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  3. Aah, that gif! It's amazingly awesome! (:

    I've never read any Sarah Dessen, but you've got to read some John Green, STAT. I've read TFiOS and Alaska so far, but am waiting on Will Grayson, Will Grayson and basically all his other books to come in at my local library! He's a stunning writer.
    I loved the If I stay series by Gayle Foreman, it's wonderful! And I tried to read Anna last year or early this, but couldn't get into it, but I think I'll have to try again!
    Great list!

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    1. I had pretty low expectations of Anna so I was definitely surprised by how much I loved it.

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  4. I did contemporary authors as well! We have several in common. I don't know why I didn't add Simone Elkeles to my. I love her books! (I had no idea there was recent drama!)
    My Top Ten

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    1. It's hard to keep up with all the drama, there's so much of it lately :(

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  5. I loved John Green's Fault is in Our Stars. See what you think.

    Here's my Ten Ten Favorite Travel Writers. I hope you'll stop in!

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    1. I have it, but I can't bring myself to read it because I have a feeling I'll be devastated.

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  6. John Green. A lot of people love him! I read only one book written by him and I did not love it. I do want to give his books another try. ;)


    J'adore Happy Endings

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    1. Oh really? What book was that? It does seem like everyone loves him.

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  7. I haven't read any John Green books yet either, so we can form a club.. but I really want to read The Fault in Our Stars!
    Here's my TTT
    Ashley
    #BookNerd

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  8. I did YA Contemporary too, and although we share a couple, your list is very different from mine. I actually haven't read a lot of your authors, but you have piqued my interest! Add David Levithan to your list of "intend to reads". His newest, EVERY DAY, is epic! And get on reading some John Green! He's my #1!

    Check out my Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Authors HERE!

    Also, I have a FANTASTIC giveaway of a SIGNED copy Lauren Oliver's new book, THE SPINDLERS, going on HERE!

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    1. I really want to read David Levithan too - I've read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares and thought that was great, so I definitely want to read more of his work.

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  9. I just read both my first John Green and Sarah Dessen books within the last 2 months, so don't feel bad! But, get them, they are great!
    My TTT

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    1. Oh glad to know I'm not TOO late to jump on the bandwagon :D

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  10. I FINALLY read John Green this year and he is awesome. I haven't read Sarah Dessen, either, and have been hanging my head in shame all morning. Kirsten Hubbard is great, you should try Wanderlove. I also loved Anna and the French Kiss, and am currently reading If I Stay which is amazing.

    I have added Melina Marchetta and Morgan Matson to my list of authors to try :)

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    1. Oh yes I must check out Wanderlove! I'm so excited you're going to try Marchetta and Matson :)

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  11. Okay, I'm totally hanging my head in shame because Libba Bray is the only author on this list that I've read (er, am currently reading is more like it). I know, I know. I've only just recently gotten into the contemporary YA genre so this is totally new to me. At least I know I can come to people like you, Belle, for some awesomesauce recommendations. And you can bet I'll be adding many of these authors to my TBR list, like ASAP.

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    1. I'd love to know your thoughts on some of these. I'm only pretty new to the genre myself :)

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  12. I love old school Meg Cabot contemporaries. Like the first three books are absolutely amazing. I've only read a few of those authors you have listed, like Stephanie Perkins. But I loved her books. Guess that means there's more stuff to add for my TBR list.

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    1. I've only read one Meg Cabot and I loved that so I really should read more!

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  13. This was my TTT! I have Sarah Dessen on my list, as well. Here's the rest of it: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/top-ten-favorite-contemporary-ya-authors

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    1. I think it was a popular genre this week :)

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  14. YA Contemporary makes me happy too! And I'm SO excited for the next Stephanie Perkins book, it's not even funny. Great list... and you should read a John Green or Sarah Dessen book soon! (:

    Check out my Top Ten

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    1. I know, I'm trying to contain my excitement because I think my experience with Lola was dampened by high expectations.

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  15. Authors 1 and 4 are still on my list. I'm excited to read Anna, because everybody seems to love it so much!

    TTT fairytale authors @thedailyprophecy

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  16. Ha. I had Judy Blume on my list too. I can't believe that I forgot Ann Brashares! She is awesome.
    Check out my top ten at http://www.inkkreviews.blogspot.com/

    ~Krisha @ Inkk

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    1. She will always be the contemporary YA queen :D

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  17. Great list Belle :) I love that you're getting more into contemporary, it's definitely my drug of choice x

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    1. It's addictive isn't it? In my post-Twilight haze I devoured paranormal YA non-stop, I think I overdosed and I find it quite tedious now. Contemp is where it's at :D

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  18. Lol well I have to say, your list is awesome because at least half of it is on my list as well! ;)

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    1. Lol! I'm going to check yours our now :D

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  19. great post! I haven't read many contemporary novels, but i have heard great things of " If i Stay" and lots of great raves about john greene !
    -Katie @ Inkk

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  20. lol at hanging your whole body in shame :) i love this list ~ gayle forman is such a must-read for me. i am SO hanging out for her new book to come out

    x Nomes

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    1. Yes it should be good! I'm excited too.

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