Top Ten YA Contemporary Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read {Top Ten Tuesday}

Posted February 3, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 20 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is. . . .Top Ten Books in X Genre I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read. I read a LOT of contemporary YA in 2014–like a lot–which surprised me because until last year it hadn’t been my genre of choice. Now, though? I’m pretty into it. So I want to be a well-rounded contemporary YA reader. So, my top ten seven books I can’t believe I haven’t read.

1. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Cracked Up to Be

I’ve read This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. I thought that book was all right, but I’m not a huge zombie fan and think I’d like her contemporary books more. I’d like to eventually give all of them a chance, but I’m putting Cracked Up to Be on my TTT this week since it’s the one I keep considering picking up.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those YA breakout hits–the ones that everyone, including adults who don’t normally read YA, seemed to have read. Except me, apparently. Though, based on my friends’ reviews on Goodreads, I’m a little iffy on this one.

3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

my life next door

I bought this book in ebook format on a whim after seeing it around a lot. It’s been on my kindle for over a year, so. . . I should really get to it at some point. Not sure it’s gonna be my kinda book(it sounds sort of Sarah Dessen-y, and that’s not really my preferred style for YA contemporary romance), but I’m gonna give it a try.

4. Past Perfect by Leila Sales

Past Perfect

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time. I can’t believe I haven’t made time to read it–it sounds fun & cute.

5. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

second chance summer

I fully expect this book to gut me. I’m prepared.

6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road

I have never read a Marchetta book. I know, I know. I have seen pretty much only amazing things for Jellicoe Road, and. . . that scares me a little. Still, this book is such a staple of YA contemporary that I know I really need to pick it up. Also, I’m pretty sure I just realized that there’s a cover on this book and not, as I thought, a butterfly.

 7. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Staniford


I think I’d really like this one based on the synopsis and the reviews that say it’s not a romance–which I always like looking for in books.


LET’S CHAT: Read any of these? What should I start with?



20 responses to “Top Ten YA Contemporary Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Maraia

    Jellicoe Road is incredible. I just read it a few days ago, and I can’t believe I waited so long! Melina Marchetta sure knows how to write three-dimensional characters, and she draws you into the story until you’re living and breathing it. I was in a complete daze for the rest of the day when I finished it. Um, not to set your expectations too high or anything. (I actually went into it with low expectations, because I’d tried to start it a few years earlier and couldn’t get into it. I don’t know what I was thinking!)

    Oh, I had a question about the comments on your blog. Almost every time I get an email notification that you’ve replied to one of my comments, when I click back to the blog to read it and respond, all of the comments have disappeared! Even if I go to your website not through the email link, I can never view the comments. Do you know if this happens to anyone else? It’s very odd.

    • Stormy

      Ha, well I have some pretty moderate expectations for Jellicoe Road, I think, mostly because I’ve been told it’s fabulous but has a slow start and some people can’t get into it.

      Re: comments–that is so strange! It’s never happened to me when viewing replies to comment on my blog, but I’m usually logged in, and as far as I know it doesn’t happen to anyone else. The next time that happens, I’ll log out and see if that makes a difference. Maybe it’s something with your browser’s cache? That’s the only thing I could think of that would affect one user and not others(not that I’m very knowledgeable about those things).

  2. The first 3 on your list are on my ALL TIME FAVORITE list. They’re the best of the best. I also really liked How to Say Goodbye in Robot. It’s really different. Jellicoe Road was tough to get into. It’s super confusing for a really long time, but it does get better if you push through the first part. Hope you get to read these!!!

    • Stormy

      It seems to be a popular choice for this topic! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Jellicoe Road yet.

  3. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I’ve read Thirteen Reasons Why (LOVED!), Past Perfect (it was cute, but didn’t stick with me) and My Life Next Door (another one I liked). I really need to read Jellicoe Road, too. I keep meaning to.

    • Stormy

      I’m really curious about Thirteen Reasons Why, because some of the reviews I’ve read make me thing I won’t like it, despite it’s popularity. Past Perfect sounds like a good, cute and light read, and I need those in between the more intense ones sometimes.

  4. YA contemporary isn’t my thing-unless its something phenomenal like I’ll Give You The Sun, but I still want to read Marchetta. I’m Finnikin obsessed personally 🙂 I need to get those Jellicoe Road on my library list soon.

    • Stormy

      It’s so strange–two years ago I didn’t really want anything to do with contemporary & now it’s one of my favorite genres! I’ve never read a Marchetta book & people talk about them SO often. Must correct that!

  5. Be forwarned – Jellicoe Road is amazing but starts slow. You have to give it at least through the first 100 pages. That’s what I was advised and what I have advised others and for most people it’s true. Some people love it right away but most need to get into it a bit. But once you’re in it, so very worth it.

    • Stormy

      I’ve heard that! I think I’m more likely to give it a chance going in since I’ve heard it started slow.

  6. I can proudly say that I actually read two of the books above! Which is just unbelieveable since it seems that I only read books no one else knows *g*

    I read “Cracked up to be” which acutally is on my tbr-list at the moment since I can’t remember anything from it and I want to re-read it in the near future. I also read “Thirteen reasons why” (twice!) and I really liked it. So yes, please, read it! 😉

    • Stormy

      Thirteen Reasons Why was sooo popular a few years ago, and it didn’t really grab my attention then(I wasn’t really paying attention to YA books at the time), but it has now. And Cracked Up to Be sounds so interesting to me, especially since I think I’ll like Courtney Summers’ contemporary better than her zombie novel.

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