top ten tuesday: books I’d give to readers who have never read contemporary YA fiction

top ten tuesday graphicGolly, that’s a long title. Anyways, welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the lovely blog the Broke and the Bookish! This week the topic is Top Ten Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read INSERT CATEGORY HERE. To fill in this blank, I’ve decided to choose contemporary YA fiction. I feel as though the young adult genre, particularly contemporary fiction within this category, is often associated with being fluffy, light, predictable, and with providing no food for thought. To challenge those ideas, the following books are those in the YA contemporary fiction genre that are excellently written, heart-achingly meaningful, and absolutely thought-provoking. So, in no particular order:

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
  2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. 
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. 
  4. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. 
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. 
  6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 
  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. 
  8. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. 
  9. Paper Towns by John Green. 
  10. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. 

What books would you give to someone who has never read anything from the contemporary YA fiction genre? Let me know in the comments section below!




9 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: books I’d give to readers who have never read contemporary YA fiction

    1. Haha I totally know how you feel! I feel like my TBR list is never-ending- as soon as I finish a book about three more are tacked on to the end! These are all definitely worth the wait though!
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  1. Great list!
    I don’t know what is wrong with me, but I read Perks of Being a Wallflower a few years ago and I didn’t like it. It took me forever to get through, but I am thinking about trying to re-read it and see if I feel differently. (I liked the movie though)
    The Fault in Our Stars was amazing! I didn’t cry, because I knew how it ended, but I read it in about five hours, which is impressive for me.
    Eleanor and Park is definitely on my TBR list. I have heard such great things about it and the cover alone makes me want to dive into it.
    I know I am weird, but Paper Towns actually turned me away from John Green (that is until The Fault in Our Stars)… I disliked it so much that I swore to myself that I would never read a Green book again, but I caved with TFIOS and I am so glad I did. 🙂


    1. I agree, the Perks movie was great! I read Perks a few years ago, and I definitely feel like I need to reread it as well. I think it’s one of those books that your opinion can change on depending on the time of your life in which you read it.
      I’m glad you found a John Green book that you like!! Have you tried his other books? You might like Will Grayson, Will Grayson, since it’s not just his writing (he wrote it with David Levithan).
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


    1. We Were Liars is SO GOOD. I recommend going into it with as little info as possible- it’s so much more mysterious and suspenseful that way!
      Eleanor & Park is SO ADORABLE OMG. I hope you love it!
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂


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