Top Ten of 2017: Best YA Contemporaries

Posted December 27, 2017 by Madalyn || 15 Comments

‘m super excited to be participating in the Top 10 of 2017 blog event, hosted by Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books, Tales of a Ravenous Reader, Dark Faerie Tales, Seeing Double in Neverland, and Take Me Away to a Great Read.

Today’s topic is a blogger’s choice, so I decided to talk about my favorite contemporaries of this year! You’ll recognize quite a few of these titles from my list of my top ten books of the year in general, but I wanted to give some love to a few more titles in this post, as well. YA contemporary is one of my favorite genres, and it’s probably the genre I read the most of this year. Now, onto my list!

madalyn’s top ten

In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers // This was actually the first book I finished in 2017, and it was a wonderful way to start off the year. It features a phenomenally diverse cast of characters going on a scavenger hunt through NYC, and it completely tugged at my heart strings. This book is so underrated, and I can’t recommend it enough!

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton // I adored this duology. It reminded me of everything I love about YA, and I seriously could. not. put. it. down. It could make this list just for the enjoyment factor alone, but I also really appreciated the cast of characters. I love books that feature ambitious girl protagonists, and all three of the main characters were dealing with different issues. Love love loved this.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // I’ve talked about my love for this book ad nauseum at this point, but I couldn’t leave it off this list. THIS BOOK IS MY HEART AND I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // Again, my love of this book is well-documented, but with good reason. I related deeply to Molly, and I can’t get enough of Becky Albertalli’s writing. She writes the teenage experience in the most realistic way I’ve ever read. Plus, the cast of characters was diverse in the way that real life is diverse. And, seriously, what a shipworthy romance.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // Self-explanatory. This book is so timely and important, but it’s also exceptionally well-written. I adored the family dynamics among the Carters.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // God bless Emery Lord. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed in a contemporary. Lucy went through such tremendous character growth over the course of this story, and I loved the focus of growing up, questioning your beliefs, and processing griefs. I cried all the tears while reading this one, y’all.

Always & Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han // A perfect conclusion to one of my favorite YA series. Lara Jean felt so real to me, and she grew so much over the course of the trilogy.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett // Thus began my love affair with Jenn Bennett’s books. This was just the greatest YA contemporary to read during the summer. It had everything I love: a cute beach setting, a character with a quirky summer job, a You’ve Got Mail retelling, and THE MOST AMAZING ROMANCE.

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta // A contemporary set in a Broadway theater, featuring an f/f romance AND a mystery plot– YES, it is just as great as it sounds. Plus, Capetta’s prose is stunningly beautiful.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone // Nic Stone did such a fantastic job with this story. The writing felt very approachable, which is important for a novel that covers such difficult subject matter. However, there’s also no shortage of nuance and care taken with this story. So well-done and timely.

What are some of your favorite contemporaries you read in 2017? Do you also love any of the books on my list?

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15 responses to “Top Ten of 2017: Best YA Contemporaries

  1. I read 6 of these, and must say, I adored them too. I have Echo After Echo and really need to get to it. I am not familiar with In the Hope of Memories, but it sounds wonderful!

  2. Megan Mc Dade

    I really liked Alex Approximately. I need to read The Name They Gave us so bad. I dont know why I have been putting it off.

  3. Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle

    Always and Forever, Lara Jean was one of my favorites too!! It’s rare to get a contemporary trilogy and it was such a pitch perfect conclusion. I really enjoyed Alex Approximately and The Upside of Unrequited too! Still need to read THUG…

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