This is a relatively new series on my blog – I introduced it a few weeks ago with my recommended college classics. I have a ton of ideas for this series, but I decided to go for something completely different this time around: cute contemporary young adult books.
I should preface this post by saying this isn’t a genre I read a lot of. I haven’t read all of John Green’s books or anything by Rainbow Rowell (yet – I have copies of both Fangirl and Eleanor and Park). I’m also turning twenty-seven this year, and I’ve kind of started to grow out of a lot of young adult literature. But I do occasionally enjoy a cute, fun read, and this is the genre I tend to go for when I’m in that mood. I will most likely end up doing an updated version or part two to this post when I get around to reading some more, but, for now, here are my top five cute contemporary reads:
- Trouble by Non Pratt. This is probably the least well-known book on this list. I bought it on a whim, because the cover is super cute, and ended up really enjoying it! It’s about a fifteen-year-old girl who finds herself pregnant, and the boy who befriends her and pretends to be the father to help her out. I loved that it managed to be adorable without making light of serious issues. You can check out my full review here.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This is the only book from this series I’ve read (so don’t ask me about the other two, yet), but I really enjoyed it! Even though it was somewhat predictable, it was a fun ride, and I loved the setting – in this book, Paris romantic, but not unrealistically so. Full review here!
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m sure quite a few of you have read this book by now. It’s about an online relationship between the main character, Simon, and a boy whose identity is a bit of a mystery. I definitely predicted the ending, but I loved it anyway. Review here.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. This book is unabashedly cheesy, sometimes I just need cheesy. I was definitely drawn in by the title – because how cool is that for a contemporary ya title? – and loved that it actually turned out to be an awkward joke between the main characters. I also reviewed this one here.
- All American Girl by Meg Cabot. This is the only book on this list I didn’t read in the last year (mostly because my memory of contemporary ya books I read before then – aka all of the Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot books published prior to 2007 – is sadly nonexistent). But I still love Meg Cabot – even now, her adult books are some of my favorite guilty pleasure reads. And I remember absolutely loving this book. It’s about an artsy, rebellious girl who ends up saving the President, and then falling for his son. It’s cute, it’s cheesy, but it’s also just really fun.
I hope you enjoyed this post! It was definitely fun to look back through all of the ya books I’ve read (and figure out which ones I need to reread, because I remember nothing about them). I think this genre is perfect for when I need a bit of a mental break, because I don’t need to think too much about them or even pay really close attention (not a bad thing, I just see these books as purely for entertainment value – like watching a movie).
I’m definitely planning on reading some Rainbow Rowell books soon, and maybe some more Stephanie Perkins and John Green. Let me know what your favorite cute contemporary ya books are in the comments!