Let’s Talk// Contemporary YA

img_9644Although ‘YA contemporary’ isn’t really a genre it is the topic of this post. Let’s talk YA Contemporary ❤

[Comtemporary books] Modern fiction geared towards teens roughly 13 to 18 years old. Main characters are usually teenagers or younger adults. Young Adult Contemporary is often realistic, but can overlap with fantasy or magic realism.

What is YA contemporary?

The genre features stories about the life of  Young Adults in current times and focuses on the concerns of the average persons life.

What is YA?

Young adult fiction or young adult literature (YA)is fiction published for readers from 12 to 18. However, authors and readers of “young teen novels” often define it as written for those aged 15 to the early 20s. The terms young adult novel, juvenile novel, teenage fiction, young adult book, etc. refer to the works in this category.

Why is this genre becoming really popular ?

In my opinion Contemporary YA books are a great look at the average teens life. They are very realistic and relate-able I think that’s what people love. Understanding the issues that come up.

What to expect?

A modern and realistic take on life. Food for thought and also a lot of character development. Character development is a huge factor in this genre. Also expect fun dialogue and a lot of relate able moments.

My thoughts…

Comtemporary YA although geared toward Young Adults can be read by all. These books teach you many lessons that you can take with you forever. Contemporary books are hard to get right but when an author does you’ll fall in love with everything about it.

Notable Authors

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen was born in Evanston, Illinois, on June 6, 1970. Dessen was born to Alan and Cynthia Dessen, both professors at the University of North Carolina.

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell (born February 24, 1973) is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her young adult novels Eleanor & Park, Carry On, and Fangirl both received a great deal of critical acclaim in 2013.

John Green

Green was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Mike and Sydney Green on August 24, 1977 (age 39). Some of his novels include Looking for Alaska, Paper towns and The fault in our stars.

Meg Cabot

Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana on February 1, 1967 (age 49)Bloomington, Indiana, United States. She is most known for  The Princess Diary series which is now a Walt Disney movie.


A few YA contemporary I really enjoyed.

Contemporay Books I want to read

Some YA Contemporary books that are on my TBR

Have you any YA Contemporary recommendations? Are you a fan of the genre? Do you have a favourite author/book in the genre? What books are on your YA contemporary TBR right now? 

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25 thoughts on “Let’s Talk// Contemporary YA

  1. I love contemporary YA! I think this is definitely my favourite genre to read! I’m 23 also, but I don’t feel that these books are only for teens etc! I have read a few of the books on your TBR list and there are a few on mine too!
    My favourite contemporary YA book is the DIMILY series by Estelle Maskame!

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  3. I’m a huge Contemporary YA fan! Some of my all time favorites are Morgan Matson’s books, Sarah Dessen’s, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan, Winger by Andrew Smith, The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, AND Leila Sales books. I could recommend about a billion more lol.

    Thanks for linking up on Saturday Situation!


  4. I could give Contemporary YA recs for DAYYYYYS. Recent ones I loved were– The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, Asking for It by Louise O’Neill, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.

    Forever Faves– My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Winger by Andrew Smith.

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