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Five YA Contemporary Book Recommendations

I’m here with a super exciting post today – five of my YA contemporary book recommendations! This post is part of a month long celebration of all things #UKYA & #UKMG ahead of the UKYA Blogger & Vlogger Awards taking place at YALC later this year. Head over to my Twitter to take part in some fun polls too this evening and check out the UKYABA account for more of this month’s posts!

I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary books but there are definitely some that stick out to me. I hope you’ll be able to pick up a few recommendations from this post.

A wrap up image of the YA books I'm recommending.
Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

A more recent read than the rest, Last Bus to Everland truly is a magical story with an honest and raw message. Transporting you to a world where everyone is free to be themselves, you’ll close this book with a real happy and satisfied feeling. I wrote a full review of this wonderful book not too long ago if you wanted to check it out.

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

This may actually be the original YA series, for me anyway. I raced through these books when I was a teen, borrowing and reserving them from the library. My friend and I just couldn’t get enough of them. Relatable, honest and downright hilarious, I loved Georgia Nicolson and the gang and I wish they’d released more films!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I’m sure you’ve all heard of this book, if only because of the recent Netflix adaptation! This is the perfect summertime read with just the perfect amount of angst and romance for a YA read. I really need to finish the third book because I just loved the first two so much.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The fourth YA contemporary book recommendation,the book Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli.

I very gratefully received a copy of this book at a local blogger event and boy am I glad I did! An honest, loving, funny, emotional, warm-feeling-in-the-stomach kind of read, this book was full of representation and real life problems. I had so much fun with this book and you can check out my full review here. Maybe one of the only books where the film is almost as good?

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

This is one of the first books I ever read that had accurate representation of mental health, for me personally anyway. I fell in love with it straight away. Not only does it have this representation, I also enjoyed the story and I loved our little gang of characters. Highly recommend but trigger warnings for anxiety and OCD.

A different kind of post from me today. I hope you enjoyed these five YA contemporary book recommendations! Am I missing one of your faves off this list?


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8 thoughts on “Five YA Contemporary Book Recommendations

  1. I recently listened to the audiobook of Am I Normal Yet? And wasn’t a fan of the audiobook narrator which was disappointing, but the overall plot was so raw and realistic!

  2. The only one of these I haven’t read is Last Bus to Everland! I didn’t love Angus Thongs, I think I’m too old for it now, but I loved Am I Normal Yet? 🙂

  3. I loved Love, Simon when I read it! It was so adorable. I don’t often read a lot of contemporary, but I also really want to read To All the Boys I Love Before. I bought it YEARS ago, and have yet to read it. Thanks for all these great recommendations.

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