I only started really getting only contemporary this year and now I am obsessed. Contemporary books are so much fun to read and are feel good books which I personally love. Anyways, here are my top 5 favourite contemporary books!
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I absolutely adore this book and can never get enough of it. We follow Lola Nolan, a fun and out there girl who believes not in fashion but in costume. She has a great boyfriend and just a generally good life but that is all flipped upside down when her first love, Cricket Bell, moves back next door and changes everything. This is a really sweet and heart warming love story that is something a lot of people can relate to character and plot wise.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – I read this book recently and it instantly became one of my favourite books. Jenny Han just has an amazing writing style that flows really nicely and is pleasing to read. In this book, we follow a very sentimental character named Lara Jean who writes love letters to every boy she has loved before, but when those letters mysteriously get sent out and is sent to her current love, she quickly forms a fake relationship to spare herself the embarrassment. I love all the characters in this book and everything about this book is just perfection.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This book actually ties in to Lola and the Boy Next Door but until that part, it is an entirely different story. Instead of Lola we follow Anna who by her father, is sent away to Paris to attend a boarding school, and there she meets an interesting group of friends including a boy named Etienne. Instantly she finds herself falling for him but pushes that aside but she learns it is harder than she thought. This story is frustrating (in a good way) and plays with your heart but overall is truly amazing.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – Since You’ve Been Gone is different from other contemporaries I have read because it includes a bucket list/scavenger hunt which makes the story that much better. Since You’ve Been Gone is about a girl named Emily who’s best friend Sloane suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a summer bucket list. Out of desperation, Emily goes off to complete this list, hoping it will lead her to Sloane, but along the way makes some new friends. The adventure the characters go on in this story is just so much fun to follow and really gets you wanting to create a fun bucket list to complete.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I haven’t met one person who has read this book and said they didn’t like it. In this book, we follow Cath who is very reserved and shy as opposed to her twin sister Wren, as they go off to their first year of college. Once they are there, Cath meets her roommate Raegan and her friend, Levi who help Cath out of her bubble of insecurity and fear. I think one reason why everyone loves this story is because it is relatable. A lot of people have social anxiety like Cath and it is something that definitely needs to be in more books!
Those are my top 5 favourite contemporaries and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last post too: Writing Expectations VS Reality!