Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporary Young Adult Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I'm excited to participate; after all, I make lists FOR EVERYTHING!  This week we are to list our favorite authors in a particular genre, so I went with my favorite contemporary/realistic fiction young adult authors.  Here they are in no particular order:

1.  Jenny Han- Yes, I'm obsessed. If you haven't read her Summer series, you must.

2.  Sarah Dessen- Simply put, I love her!  The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride are some of my favorite summertime reads.

3.  Jennifer Echols- Her books are also great for the summer.  I read Such a Rush this past summer and really enjoyed it. For me, her books are always the right mix of some edge, some steam, and a side of seriousness.  

4.  Morgan Matson- She is also one of my favorites. I adored Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer is one of my favorite reads of the year.

5.  Stephanie Perkins- I am still swooning over Anna and the French Kiss.

6.  Simone Elkeles- I love her steamy reads, especially Perfect Chemistry.

7.  Gayle Forman - She's one of my favorite authors and without a doubt ALWAYS gets me to cry when I read her novels.  If I Stay is brilliant.

8.  Jessi Kirby- She's one of my newest favorites. I loved Moonglass and have been meaning to read In Honor.

9.  Elizabeth Eulberg- I really enjoyed The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice. I hear Take a Bow is just as good.

10.  Huntley Fitzpatrick- I read this debut author's first novel, My Life Next Door, this past summer and I thought it was great!  She's definitely on my radar!

I will admit that this genre isn't my forte; I tend to read a lot of fantasy/paranormal novels, so if you feel I am missing out on an author or your favorite contemporary read, be sure to share it with me in the comments below. Let me know what you think!


  1. I've been eying some of these authors for a while but I'm not such a realistic fiction fan, not enough dragons and such. :) I might try a few though, maybe next summer...

    My TTT

  2. Fantastic list.. I really love contemporary romance (ya or not). I haven't heard from all of the authors on your list but I'm definitely interested in looking them up!
    Here's my TTT

  3. I still haven't read the Summer series, but I really want too. They do sound perfect for summer, so maybe next year. ;)

  4. You have some of my favorites on this list Christina! I need to read more of Simone Elkeles, I've only read Perfect Chemistry but I loved that book so much! I need to read Jenny Han as well, I've heard such great things about her Summer series:) My Life Next Door just grabbed me, I can't wait to see what Huntley writes next!

  5. I did the same genre, but we only share a few. That said, those of yours that I've read, I've really enjoyed! Great list!

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  6. Yes to Sarah Dessen! Love her books. Jessi Kirby's Moonglass was fabulous (I also need to read In Honor), and you gotta love Stephanie Perkins writing :)

    Fabulous Top Ten!

  7. So many good authors :)
    Second Chance Summer and the Stephenie Perkins books are still very high on my TBR list!

  8. Great list! Love Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, and really enjoyed the first of Jenny Han's Summer books, too (I still haven't got around to reading the rest!).

  9. Great list! Stephanie Perkins is on my list as well. I just recently got into contemporaries, so I will have to look into the ones I haven't tried yet. Here is my TTT.

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  10. Thanks for checking out my list, guys! I appreciate it. :)

  11. I read a lot of contemporary YA this summer. Now I am reading a lot of paranormal/fantasy. I love Stephanie Perkins so much! Can't wait to see what she writes next. I have mixed feelings about Jennifer Echols. I love Major Crush. Seriously loved. But I really disliked Love Story. So I am sort of nervous about reading her other stuff, especially the "romantic dramas".

    Here's my TTT

  12. Great list, Christina! So many of my favourites are on there! I can't believe I still haven't read Dessen, though. Really need to fix that!

  13. Sarah Dessen is hands down my favorite contemporary author ever. I love her to pieces and buy all her books as soon as they come out. :D


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