18 Days of 2018: Contemporaries

One of my favourite sub-genres of fiction is contemporary YA, which is when realistic fiction creates imaginary characters and situations that depict our world and society.

Therefore, I wanted to share 18 of the best contemporaries I read this year (not counting re-reads or thrillers/mysteries, as those will be separate lists). I am limiting myself to one book per author or there would be a lot more Julie Murphy and Chloe Coles.

Also, I would add all 18 of my picks for great mental health representation as well, which is technically cheating, but who cares.

Top 18 Contemporaries of 2018:

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

  • I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan
  • Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Avecedo
  • Skylarks by Karen Gregory
  • My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Stevens
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
  • Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber
  • Floored
  • Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon

Over To You:

What were your top contemporaries of this year?

15 thoughts on “18 Days of 2018: Contemporaries

  1. Autumn says:

    Yes! Contemporary is definitely one of my favourite genres! 🌟 I thought Floored was really good, as well as all books by Emery Lord, although they could fall into romance (is that what category you call it?) too! 😂 Lovely post, Autumn x

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