Sunday, January 9, 2011

Best of 2010: Best YA Contemporaries

This is a bit late, but I couldn't NOT post about my favorites of 2010! 2010 was a fantastic year for YA literature and I hope 2011 will be better! Cheers to 2010! Here are the FIVE best YA contemporaries out there!

The Duff by Kody Keplinger - This is definitely my favorite contemporary read of 2010. Kody Keplinger is amazing! I love the originality of her ideas and the molding of her characters. Bianca is definitely a kick-ass narrator and I love her best friends. And then there's Wesley. 'Nuff said.

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride - I just loved the chemistry between Max and Tessa. And add bad-ass Noelle into the mix? You're in for some drama! I love how the photography and the events come together here. Kristina's writing is flawless.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers - Is Courtney Summers ever NOT on a 'Best Contemp' list? Her writing is gritty and she gets straight to the point. Regina is probably one of the most flawed protagonists I know, and that makes her all the better...besides having the same name as's not my fault I'm named after a kick-ass character! I read anything Courtney Summers writes!

The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer - This is a great contemporary with some MAJOR psychological thriller-ness in the mix! Framing, murder, and drugs...what more can you want? Eliot Schrefer will seriously have you guessing who the killer is. And it isn't ANYBODY you expect.

The Star Shack by Lila Castle - Seriously, I never get tired of re-reading this book. This book is full of yummy, oozing summer romance! Anabelle and Peter are the cutest couple ever. And the little quirks in the book make it all the more enjoyable!


Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews January 9, 2011 at 11:51 PM  

The only one I've read is The DUFF, which makes me feel like I'm missing out!

Anonymous,  January 10, 2011 at 1:30 AM  

Some Girls Are is brilliant!

Anonymous,  January 10, 2011 at 1:41 AM  

I enjoyed the Deadly Sister and am happy to see it on your list, I think it hasn't really gotten a lot of attention.

Great list!

Sara January 10, 2011 at 1:41 AM  

Oh I wish I had read all of these books! they sound awesome!

Monica January 10, 2011 at 3:58 AM  

Great list! I've only read The Duff but I loved that so I'm going to trust you when you say the others were good too! I'm desperately wanting to read The Star Shack and Some Girls Are. Thanks for the great list!


Leanna Elle January 10, 2011 at 4:07 AM  

Some great picks! I like the sound of The Deadly Sister!

Jessica Lawlor January 10, 2011 at 4:57 AM  

Definitely agree with THE DUFF! Such an awesome contemp. Never heard of THE STAR SHACK though- I'll have to check it out!

Karen January 10, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

I've only read The Duff and I couldn't agree more. It was on my list as well.

Misha January 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

I LOVED Some Girls Are. Courtney Summers is simply brilliant!

Pam Harris January 10, 2011 at 11:35 PM  

I LOVED Some Girls Are...then again, I love anything about Courtney Summers. :) I definitely want to check out The Deadly Sister now.

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