Top Five - Favorite YA/Contemporary Authors

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Favorite YA/Contemporary Authors

So, we all know there are a bunch of Young Adult authors out there. But most of the really well known ones are for paranormal, dystopian, or otherwordly type authors. One genre I really like, though, is contemporary young adult, particularly if it's full of romance and fluff. So, without further ado, here is my Top Five list of Contemporary Young Adult authors, mostly likely all of whom have a whole bunch of cutesy romance!

Number Five: Sarah Dessen

I credit Sarah Dessen for really getting me started into the young adult romance genre. I actually started reading her books before I went crazy for young adult books, back before I read Hunger Games. The first book I read by her was Keeping The Moon, only mine was the English edition, rather than the US, haha. I remember really enjoying her books, but now - years later - I can't really remember any of the characters or any specific plots that really caught my attention. Except for Dreamland (I HATED that ending!) Thus, she gets the number five slot, instead of being higher on the list. 

Number Four: Ann Brashares

Ann just recently released a young adult title that was futuristic, but what I'll always remember her for was her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. God, I loved this series in high school. My best friend and I read it together and really bonded over them and we still talk fondly of it today. I remember that I saw myself in Tibby and Carmen more than anything. Tibby for her snark and Carmen for her down-to-earth attitude. I'm still debating whether or not I'll read Sisterhood Everlasting. I just don't know if I want to spoil the appropriate ending to the series with the follow up.

Number Three: Stephanie Perkins

Said friend mentioned before actually turned me in the direction of Stephanie's work and I'm so glad she did. I really liked Anna and the French Kiss, but I ADORED Lola and Isla, the companion novels. Perkins definitely knows how to make a swoon-worthy male lead. Even now, I can't choose - Etienne, Cricket or Josh? And that's definitely a good thing. Her books have just the right amount of fluff and drama. Seriously, if you haven't checked out her work - do yourself and favor and do so!

Number Two: John Green

*Gasp* What? John Green isn't number one? I'll explain, I promise. Again, said friend was the one who turned me on to John Green - just a little before the whole TFiOS thing went crazy popular. Anyway, I love John Green - don't get me wrong. Just about everything he writes is pure genius. But I DO believe he's a little overrated, particularly The Fault in Our Stars. It was a good book - but, I'm sorry - Jodi Picoult made a better cancer book, years before TFiOS even came out. Either way, though, John still claims the number two spot because Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines were just plain awesome.

Number One: Katie McGarry

And number one is... *drumroll* Katie McGarry! I'll be the first to admit. I wasn't entirely sold on the first book, Pushing the Limits. Noah and Echo were awesome and everything, but I guess I just didn't relate to them as much as I did some of the other characters in later books. Luckily, I ADORED Dare You To and devoured the following two books. I love the fact that Katie focuses on real life issues with the characters, such as foster systems, anxiety, homelessness and so on. She breathes life into her characters and you can tell from their emotions, words, and actions that they are sincere individuals. Rarely I'm so convinced that characters in books could be real - but I definitely feel like Noah, Beth, and Isaiah could exists out there somewhere. Congrats to Katie for making perhaps the best contemporary young adult characters I've ever read. If you're looking for something intense and romantic, this would be the author to look into! I haven't given up on reading more of the Pushing the Limits series, either. Abby needs her own story! And, to make things even better, I get to meet her this coming Friday, September 12th! Yay!

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