Top Ten Tuesday - Aug 25, 2015

by 12:30 AM 4 comments
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and we all share our thoughts on that topic!

For this week on Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is:

Top 10 Books that would be on my syllabus if

I taught Contemporary YA 101!
(In no particular order)

Looking for Alibrandi - Melina Marchetta

  A book about a girl trying to find her way within her dysfunctional family, while being a Australian-Italian in a Catholic school, and falling for a bogan white guy. So much learning can be done here!


Something Like Normal - Trish Doller

 This book is such a wonderful read, and deals with some great issues. It is a powerful look into the life of a Marine, and how their lives can change when they come back home.


Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarty

This is a wonderful novel, written mainly in letters and notes. An average teenage girl deals with normal teenage issues in a well-written and fun way.


The Day Before - Lisa Schroeder

Like Schoeder's other novels, this one is written in verse. It is a story about two strangers who have one complicated, perfect day together. At first, they don't want to talk about why they want to get away, but it only leads to the truth coming out.


Burn for Burn - Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

This book is really powerful, about how the choices you make all have consequences, and some of these might be much worse than you'd expect.


The Boys of Summer - C.J. Duggan

This one is on my list purely because my love for the Onslow boys.


Butter - Erin Jade Lange

Holy smokes. For those who have read this book, you'll know why it is on my list. Such a powerful book, focused around bullying.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - 
Becky Albertalli

An amazing book about a young popular book who comes out as being gay. Such wonderful issues in this novel.


We Were Liars - E. Lockhart 

A slightly different one, but again, about dealing with issues and consequences.


If I Stay - Gayle Forman

I actually prefer Where She Went, but for this, I'd obviously have to pick the first one. Death and dying are prominent issues that are portrayed in a different way.

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That's all folks! Come back next week for another top ten and make sure you put your own list in the comments!

Mad Claire

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. I do enjoy a great YA contemporary, and there are some great ones not this list, and a couple that are new to me that I'll have to keep an eye out for!

  2. We both did Contemporary YA *high five* Contemporary is the best! :D We were Liars was so heartbreaking, OMG! I've heard so many great things about Trish Doller and Melina Marchetta! Great list :)

    My TTT:

  3. Lots of people have chosen this topic this week but you all seem to pick different books except for Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens. Its great to see something make everyone choose different books from the same idea.

    My TTT

  4. I've only read two of these (The Day Before and If I Stay)... but I'm not usually a huge fan of contemporary fiction.


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