Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporary YA Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporary YA Authors

YES! Let me break it down for you…

While this list is in no particular order, the first one definitely holds the number one spot for me.

Something like Normal by Trish Doller1. Sarah Dessen – She is the one author I can turn to when I need a comfort read. My holy grail, if you may. I know her stories, I love them, I turn to them. Thank you for that, Sarah!!

2. Trish Doller – This debut author stole my heart with her novel, Something Like Normal. I just know she has nothing but amazingness up her sleeve, and I can’t wait to experience more of it. :)

3. Jennifer Echols – This woman can bring the sexy in her Contemporary novels, so automatically, it’s a yes for her books.

4. Simone Elkeles – I love Simone because, in her Perfect Chemistry series, she gave me heroes of my nationality, Mexican. I don’t get that very often, so thank you, Simone.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson5. Gayle Forman – This lady brought me to my knees with Where She Went! SO MANY FEELINGS!!! SO MANY! Yeah, I want more books like that from her.

6. John Green – ‘nough said.

7. David Levithan – Like John Green, what can I say. I love David.

8. Jandy Nelson – If you have yet to read The Sky is Everywhere, you are missing out! It’s incredible. And for that, she makes this list.

9. Jenny Han – Oh, Jenny. I love you so! The Summer series will forever be one of my favorite stories ever.

10. Stephanie Perkins – No one can end a list that starts off with Sarah Dessen like Stephanie Perkins. It’s like a perfect circle! Stephanie has given us the most perfect boys to fall in love with…Etienne..Cricket…yeah. *swoon*


Jess @ Gone with the Words

22 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporary YA Authors”

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    We have a lot of the same authors- I love Jenny Han, Echols, Elkeles, Perkins, Dessen and Forman as well. I will have to check out Trish Doller. I’ve never read any of her work before. Great list!

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    Tiff @ MostlyYALit

    Ooh, great choices – I’m a new follower, and it sounds like you’re a contemps romance lover like me! I love ALL OF THESE authors except for the ones I haven’t read, like Jandy Nelson. I’m so on it.

    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday – I think you’ll like my list of fave contemps authors!

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    Karis (YA Litwit)

    GREAT list! I haven’t read Judy Nelson, but the rest are fantastic!

    Check out my Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Authors HERE!

    Also, I have a FANTASTIC giveaway of a SIGNED copy Lauren Oliver’s new book, THE SPINDLERS, going on HERE!

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    I am such a contemporary YA fiend so posts like these are my crack. I JUST read Jandy Nelson’s THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE recently… and I loved it so much I read it again the next day. Seriously. I definitely share some of these faves, but Courtney Summers is my #1.

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    Just finished What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen on audiobook last week. Not only was the story a big snuggle comfort read, but the actress reading the book was GREAT! Seriously, she sounded just like the teen character to me…usually they sound so adult, this girl had it down!

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    Beth @ Too Fond

    Awesome list–there are so many of these that I want to read but haven’t. I’ve been reading a lot of David Levithan lately and really enjoying his books.

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    love your list i agree!:) sarah dessen, jen echols, trish doller, john green and david levithan. although im not familiar with jenny han. i also love huntley fitzpatrick

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    Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    I am absurdly happy that I’m familiar with and have the read the books of 8/10 authors on your list. I happen to agree with their presence on the list, especially John Green + David Levithan!

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    Great choices and I would add Tammara Webber to that list. She’s fairly new but her books are amazing and so spot on when it comes to teens.

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    I love John Green! I just finished The Fault in Our Stars and I loved it! The intellectualism, the writing, everything. I read a bit of Every Day by David Levithan but he seems to be a great writer!

    Stephanie Perkins! Etienne! I’m reading Lola and the Boy Next Door and Cricket! *fangirls*

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    I can’t imagine any favorite comtemp YA authors list isn’t going to have Sarah Dessen, Simone Elkeles and Stephanie Perkins. They’re all fantastic–though I’d put Elkeles as my favorite. The Truth About Forever, though? I love that book. It’s an all-time favorite.

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    I love love love contemporary right now. I can’t get enough. I’m book marking this post! lol.

    I just read my first Echols book recently and I think I’m in love with her. Well, her writing. not her, but you understand.

    yay contemp! :) hope you’re doing well! I haven’t been around much, but now that the calm of winter is coming.. I’ll be around much more.

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