Book Meme; Monday Recommendations

Book Meme; Monday Recommendations

This meme is created by Bookshelves & Paperbacks, and you pick a genre or a trope every Monday, and recommend five titles for that genre or trope. For example, you can recommend YA Contemporary novels one Monday, non-fiction titles the next Monday. You can interpret this meme as broadly as you like. Have fun with it, but make sure you link back to the host!

January 19th, 2015 – Aimal Recommends: Young Adult Contemporary

I’m a big fan of contemporary books, whether those contemporaries are hard-hitting and meaningful, or light, vanilla and fluffy. I think a good contemporary is relatable, it stays with you for a long time, and you can recommend it to anyone with absolutely no hesitations. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This is one of my absolute favorite books. It’s about a girl, Cath, who’s having a difficult time in her life right now. She’s a freshman in the same college as her sister, but her sister isn’t really paying any attention to her. Cath doesn’t get along with her roommate, and she’s struggling in her English class. Cath takes solace in the Simon Snow fandom (a fictional version of Harry Potter), and spends her time writing Simon Snow fan-fiction while falling for her roommate’s boyfriend, Levi. This book is so relatable. I think everyone who has grown up with Harry Potter will relate to this. I think everyone who’s transitioning to college life will relate to this. It’s a very warm, fluffy read, and I can read it over and over again.
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: I feel like this book is one you should go into without knowing much. All I’ll say is that it’s about twins who have grown apart due to some circumstances. There’s a lot going on in both their lives, and they have to figure some stuff about regarding themselves and each other. I think it’s beautifully written. I think this book is absolutely gorgeous. The characters are well fleshed out, they’re vivid, real and lovable. You are invested in their stories, their emotions and experiences. It’s heart-breaking and hopeful. It’s tragic but beautiful. Definitely, definitely check this out.
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio: This is more of a middle-grade novel than a YA novel, but people of every age can enjoy this nonetheless. It’s about a child who has a rare physical condition, and his experiences on dealing with the unwanted attention, with friends and school and bullying and coming to terms with himself. I think this is one book that every person should read. It’s wonderfully written, but it’s so much more than that. Our main character has had an impact on me that goes way beyond reading. He is optimistic and hopeful and more powerful than a lot of the adult characters I’ve read. This book has taught me about acceptance, about forgiveness and judgments and hope. It’s a wonderful, pure book.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: I don’t want to say anything about this book at all, because I feel like you should go into this blind. Don’t read the synopsis, don’t read reviews. Don’t do anything. Just trust me, and read it, because it’s fantastic. The prose is lyrical, the characters are wonderful. It’s heartbreaking and suspenseful and romantic and meaningful. It’s everything I’ve wanted in a novel and more. Definitely pick it up, BUT AVOID SPOILERS AT ALL COSTS.
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown: This is a difficult book to get through, no doubt about it. It’s about a girl who’s boyfriend is the shooter at a school shooting, who later kills himself. This girl feels responsible for the crime in a way, because the victims are people picked out from the “Hate List,” a list of the people she dislikes. She made this list with her boyfriend- so in a way, she feels like the deaths and casualties were her fault. She’s coming to terms with her role in this tragedy, as well as how she deals with the victims. She deals with her boyfriend’s death, as well as the people she hurt. I think this is a well-done book. It doesn’t glamorize topics such as suicide and depression, but it portrays their realities in a sharp light. I like hard-hitting books; I think they’re such an important part of literature. This is one of those books that makes you stop and think, and I definitely recommend it, but with a TRIGGER WARNING.

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