June: Contemporary YA Month

The Contemps is one of my favorite YA group blogs. If you’ve never visited, please do. The published authors who post there are all about highlighting contemporary young adult literature, and they feature some fantastic books!

In an effort to give contemporary books the focus they deserve, The Contemps have declared June Contemporary YA Month! I, for one, LOVE this idea. My general To-Read pile is out-of-control, but my nightstand is especially packed with contemporary titles. To celebrate Contemporary YA Month, this June I’ve decided to read only… Contemporary YA!

Here’s what I’ve got:

The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
Fall for Anything and Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
Caleb and Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (Finished this one yesterday. It was lovely.)
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
After by Amy Efaw
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Half-way through this now… not sure what genre it technically is, to be honest, but for lack of a better classification, I’m calling it Contemporary with a Wink.)
Teach Me by RA Nelson
The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal (Technically not young adult, but Jessica, Elizabeth and their and crazy Californian shenanigans? I’m pretty sure it’ll be reminiscent of YA.)


In more awesome book news: One of my other favorite group blogs, YA Highway, is celebrating two years in existence with a Huge ARC Giveaway! The girls are offering some much sought after titles–definitely worth checking out. Contest closes June 10th, midnight EST.

So, what are some of your favorite contemporary titles?And what contemporaries will you read for Contemporary YA Month?

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One response to “June: Contemporary YA Month

  1. Recently I’ve loved Where She Went and Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. This month, I’d love to read one Sarah Dessen book (I have yet to read any!!), Between Shades of Gray, The Sky is Everywhere (finally, after wanting to for forever!), Story of a Girl, and Forbidden. We’ll see if I allow myself to buy that many books in June. I’ve been on something of a self-imposed book buying freeze. 🙂