Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Reads of 2013
Posted by Lucy
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Read in 2013! I decided to just focus on YA Contemporary since I read a lot of it this year. (For more of my year-end favorites see my wrap up posts for: Audiobooks, New Adult books, and favorite New-to-me authors)
These YA Contemporary reads are tops in my book:
1. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller - Emotional story wrapped up in a great setting. The emotional journey includes abuse, mental illness, drug addiction, family issues, and love in a relatable way that gets under your skin.
2. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – This author just makes me love historical fiction! Set in 1950 New Orleans, this coming of age offers mystery, romance, and colorful characters.
3. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina - This book about bullying really hits home. Yaqui has a great voice and strong themes including family and race relations.
4. Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian - Sex & Violence has really stuck with me. It deals with sex & violence, yes, but also PTSD and family. This author is one to watch.
5. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch - I read this one back in March, and it’s haunted me ever since. It’s a lovely, harrowing read about survival.
6. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan - A relevant and moving read that looks at gay teens today as compared to the 1980s during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
7. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - This book spoke to me with its musical theme. A lonely girl finds salvation as a DJ.
8. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos - Such a quiet and quirky read. A depressed boy talks to his makeshift imaginary therapist pigeon, Dr. Bird. This book makes me smile.
9. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg - This book made me lol, and I just loved the theme of labels and sexuality. Such a witty book, with great characters.
10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - E&P vs. Fangirl- it’s like Sophie’s Choice! I love them both, though I may slightly prefer Fangirl, with its creative misfits.
Having too many favorites is a good problem to have, and writing about these books makes me want to read them again. Hope next year is another awesome year for YA Contemporary!
What books top your list?
Posted on December 30, 2013, in Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult and tagged Authors, Bill Konigsberg, Books, Carrie Mesrobian, David Levithan, Emily Murdoch, Evan Roskos, Leila Sales, Meg Medina, Rainbow Rowell, Reading, Ruta Sepetys, Top Ten Tuesday, Trish Doller, YA Contemporary, Young-adult fiction. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.