Top Ten Contemporary YA Books I’ve Recently added to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where book bloggers from all over the world make a list of 10 things that fit that week’s topic. This week’s topic is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List”. It was hard to pick just ten because I feel like I’m adding ten every day, but I did it. Go on, scroll down and see which ones I came up with…

  • It’s not Like It’s a Secret: cute contemporary f/f romance + ownvoices rep? I’m in.
  • Bad Romance: a romance between a boy and girl who wants to get out of her house and out of her town. “Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.”
  • War Cross: “When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, Emika Chen hacks her way into its dangerous depths.” Yay for diversity + I love the sound of a teenage girl as a bounty hunter, hacking to make ends meet. Sounds really unique. ***
  • Note Worthy: I’ve seen praise for this book all over the blogging community. “A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.”
  • Eliza and her Monsters: “Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.”

*** I’ve been made aware by May that this is actually not contemporary. I knew it was sci-fi but I blame my excitement for including this one in a contemporary list. I’m going to leave it in, though, because more people need to know about it. (Don’t hate me for it 😀 )

  • Little & Lion: “Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse” I really hope the rep is good in this one because you don’t see many stories where one of the main characters has bipoler disorder. Also, the whole falling-in-love-with-the-same-girl thing? Yeah, that’s going to cause some trouble.
  • Starfish: Kiko Himura doesn’t get into her dream art school, Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back.”
  • Grace and the Fever: A story about a girl who meets and falls in love with her idol, a member of an incredibly popular boy band. This book seems to have been written for 1D fans so I highly suggest them (and anyone who’s ever fangirled over anyone or anything) to add it to their TBR as well.
  • Textrovert: “Summer is nearly over and Keeley is about to start her senior year when disaster strikes: she picks up the wrong cell phone by mistake. 😞 Just her luck that it belongs to Talon, a totally arrogant jock 🏈 who’s just left for football camp—with her phone. Keeley doesn’t know him, but they’ll need to rely on each other to forward their messages for an entire week.” This is one of those guilty pleasure books. The story line isn’t unique by any means and there’s a good chance it’ll be full of clichés, but it could also be a very cute contemporary romance which is what I’m hoping for.
  • Saints and Misfits: “Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box. And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.” This sounds really interesting. 

That’s it!

Would you want to read any of these books? Which books have you recently added to your TBR? I’m always open to suggestions and recommendations, so don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section!

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29 thoughts on “Top Ten Contemporary YA Books I’ve Recently added to my TBR

  1. Hello 🙂
    I’ve heard lots of good things about Warcross too – I love that the book features an Asian character and I think main characters from minority ethnic groups does not happen often enough! Currently I have Legend and The Young Elites on my TBR and I will get to Warcross after I finish those!
    I will follow your blog – looking forward to reading reviews of these books.
    I also recently started a book review blog (it is still a baby). Hope to learn from you about how it is done 🙂


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    • You’re right; it doesn’t happen often enough (yet). Hopefully that will change soon.

      Thank you for following me and for this lovely comment. And welcome to the book blogging community. I hope you’ll have a great time! 🙂

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  2. Fantastic list, Lauren! I recently heard about Warcross and it sounds amazing even if yes It’s not contemporary, no one can be mad for shouting about that very promising title 🙂
    Saints and Misfits and Bad Romance are on my TBR just as well, they both sound SO good! 🙂

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  3. Great list! I actually just recently added Eliza and her Monsters to my TBR after reading a review. It sounds like it’s going to be an incredible book. Both Noteworthy and Bad Romance are on my TBR as well and I beyond excited to read both whenever I get the chance. Especially Bad Romance because I’ve loved Heather Demetrios previous books. And I hadn’t heard of Textrovert or Saints and Misfits before now but both sound amazing and I’m going to run and put them on my TBR lol. 😊

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  4. OOOOOO I super loved this post! I’ve recently been trying to get back into YA and I found your post super helpful and encouraging to get back into it, especially the blurb for Textrovert. I just finished reading Sad Girls from Lang Leav and, although the book has indeed faced some pretty harsh criticism, I nonetheless loved this coming-of-age novel for its dark plot twists and chilling ending.
    Happy Reading! 🙂

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