Friday, April 08, 2011

Let's Talk!

As many YA readers know, when you visit a bookstore in the YA section there is a prominent display. For example when I visit my Borders store, the first colors I see are black. Black and red. Black and purple. Black and white. You guessed it, paranormal covers!

Yes, I LOVE paranormal. I love the suspense. The visual creativity. The unique storylines.

But I fooled you. Today, let’s talk YA contemporaries!

I would love to hear from you, YA Freshers. I want to know what type of YA contemporaries you like to read.

Edgy suspense?

And which YA contemporary books are sitting cozy on your bed stand RIGHT NOW, or on your kindle, or tucked into your backpack or purse?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Pretty please?


10 fresh comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm really into edgy, realistic teen fiction. Some of my favorite authors that I can't get enough of are Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins.

Yet, I try to read outside of this genre so I can recommend books to teens that like other genres too. For example, one book that I didn't think I would like because it's more of a fantasy read, which I ended up *LOVING*, is Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Sam, the main character, is my favorite character of all time. :-)

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Jessica, here I am talking contemps and now you have me intrigued on HOLD ME CLOSER! aaaah, LOL! Thanks for your input!!

We Heart YA said...

I'm into all sorts of contemporary YA. Recently read HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour ("edgy"/issues) and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins ("rom com"/chick lit, but that makes it sound fluffy, and I don't think it was) and LOVED them both. If the writing is good, any type of contemp can really fly.

Maria Cope said...

Ooooh I just finished "Hold Me Closer, Necromancer" & I will have to say that Sam just might be literary husband! lol

Buuuuut since this is for contemps, these are some of my favorites:

anything by Chris Crutcher, Simone Elkeles, Laura Wiess

Artichoke's Heart--Suzanne Supplee

Spanking Shakespeare--Jake Wizner

Party--Tom Leveen

Stolen--Lucy Christopher

Snitch--Allison van Diepen

Before I make this comment a novel in itself, I'll stop here!

Shannon said...

I'm a huge John Green fan. Anything he's written has gotten me to laugh and a few have even moved me to tears. On a recent trip to Chicago, I dragged my whole family to see The Bean in Millenium Park because Tiny Cooper and Will Grayson went there in the book WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. And it was the coolest part of the trip.

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

We Heart YA, I've heard lots of good things for ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS!

Maria, thanks for those great suggestions!! We at YA Fresh have a soft spot for Simone and Allison!

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Shannon, that is so cool visiting a location in WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON!!

mcjayjay said...

Whenever i think contemporary YA Anna and the french kiss comes to mind. best YA novel EVER. ive re-read it 5 times or so in the past 3 months.

other good contemp YA are "the summer i turned pretty" and "It's not summer without you" by Jenny Han.

Shout down the moon by Lisa Tucker blew me away, not chick-litty like anna and the french kiss, but just as memorable. It was powerful and made me admire independent single mothers even more =D

please make a post for suggestions! im so tired of paranormal YA books, they've taken over all the bookstores!

Karen said...

I love contemporary YA!

John Green's Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines are must-reads.

Also, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and Twisted are both fantastic.

E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks is a dog-eared, highlighted favorite.

Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is amazing.

You've got to love D.J.,the football-playing teenage girl in Dairy Queen, Off Season and Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Plus Sarah Dessen, Alex Flinn
... so many!

yabooknerd said...

I adore romance and mysteries!