September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Contemporary

Most of y'all know by now that contemporary is my go-to genre.  It's usually pretty safe (a.k.a. not fraught with danger) and it's easier to read contemporary right before I go to bed as opposed to fantasy, post apocalyptic, or historical fiction.  But I feel some contemporary YA is overlooked.  So my top ten underrated contemporary novels are...

1. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
It's a tad fluffy, but there's also emphasis on parental and sisterly relationships.

Definitely Jennifer's best novel.

3. Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
I haven't heard a lot of buzz about this book, but it was so good.

4. Heist Society by Ally Carter
Everyone is gaga over Gallagher Girls (and for good reason) but I believe Heist Society is just as good, if not better.

5. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Contemporary tearjerker.  I'm sure your mind automatically goes to The Fault in Our Stars when it comes to that phrase.  But Second Chance Summer is another cancer book and it made me cry much harder than TFIOS did.

6. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Cute, fun, and lots of comics and LARPing.

The main character Elise has such a cool hobby, and I think it's an interesting look at the aftermath of attempted suicide.

Smart Girls Get What They Want
8. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Smart girls who respect each other and don't need guys (but realizing having a boyfriend is okay) is something I'd like to see more of in YA.  Sarah does it perfectly in this book.

9. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
This whole book has to be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to likelihood, but it's fun, set mainly in Canada, and isn't just about boys.

10. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
I can safely say my roommate experience (well, only the summer before can be compared but still) has been much different than Lauren and EB's.

What genre did you do for today's TTT?  Leave the link below!  I'd love to check out your post. :)


  1. I don't read much in the way of contemporary fiction, but this list looks awesome. I'll have to add pretty much the entire thing to my TBR list. Fantastic list! :)

  2. I don't read much contemporary, either, but it's good to know there's more good ones out there to choose from other than Sarah Dessen's books!

  3. Heist Society sounds fabulous!! I'll be adding it to my reading wishlist!!

  4. You have some great books on that list! And a good number of ones I still need to read, like Roomies and This Song Will Save Your Life. So many good choices.

    - Chelsea @ Books Turn Brains

  5. I just put "The Summer I Became a Nerd" on my TBR list even though (as you know) I don't read a lot of contemporary, mostly because I'm a geeky/nerdish person. Also, Heist Society is awesome. *nods*

  6. I have read half of the books on your list! And I need to read Being Sloane Jacobs, it looks fun! :)

  7. THANK YOU. I didn't do a TTT today, but you put so many that I would've listed! Heist Society, definitely. IF they've read Ally Carter, it was probably GG (understandable, but still). Second Chance Summer *sobs* such a great one. Going Vintage, The Summer I Became a Nerd...such great choices! You nailed it.


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