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Contemporary Authors You Have to Read

A post that should’ve been out last week:

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, I decided to do a few contemporary and romance posts. This orginally started off as being contemporary books you must read, but I recognized a trend of authors on my list and changed it. Now I have many books from most of these authors, and if I haven’t, I have seen many great things surrounding their books. This isn’t ranked in any specific order.

Rainbow RowellPicMonkey Collage

If you read any sort of ya contemporary book, and you haven’t heard of Rainbow Rowell, I’m convinced you live under a rock. You see Eleanor & Park everywhere, and I talk about Fangirl quite a bit on here. I have a sample of Attachments on my kindle and I loved it, so I will be buying that soon! Her latest book is Landline, and I beleive it came out this past summer. I think many people would agree with me and say that Rainbow Rowell is a must read contemporary author. Her new book is called Carry On and for those of you who have read Fangirl, you guessed right. She decided to write her own version of Simon and Baz’s story. For  more information on her new book, check out this post!





PicMonkey Collage 2Stephanie Perkins 

You can not truly read the Best of YA contemporary without reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. For the msot part, people I have talked to really like this book. It is very predictable, but it is the perfect romance book to read after reading a really emotional book. Lola and Isla are both very good as well, but Anna is my favorite with Lola at a close second. Also, I really love the covers of these book, and I think that are much better now that they are changed. If you haven’t given these books a try yet, definitely do so!  I actually had this blog when Isla and the Happily Ever After, so here is my review!





Gayle Forman PicMonkey Collage GAyle

This is another woman that write absoluely amazing contmeporary books. If I Stay isn’t a complete romance and deals with other topics, however there is a ton of Romance in it and it’s sequel Where She Went. I absolutely adored the first book and it is definitely a favorite, so much that I even did a review on the movie that came out last August. I read Just One Day awhile ago, and it is a very romantic book that takes part in Paris, which makes it so much better. She also just came out with I Was Here which is a more emotional book that features very dark topics. There is also some romance thrown in that book as well.




Jenny Han

PicMonkey Collage jhI constantly hear people talk about The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy all the time. However, I actually haven’t read it myself. I’m not sure when or if I will just because there are so many other books to read. But I can say that Jenny Han is a great writer, because I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and it was amazing. Probably my favorite contemporary I last year besides Fangirl. I wrote a whole review on it, and I actually have a post coming up about it soon (: If you are looking for a contemporary author to read, Jenny Han is defintiely someone to turn to.





Jennifer E. Smith

PicMonkey Collage Jen

This is actually the only author on this list that I haven’t read. Apparently they are like super great and just pure romance and happiness. I unfortunately have yet to expeirence this romance and happiness, because I have no idea why I haven’t read a Jennifer E. Smith book. If I made a list of authors I am surprised I haven’t read, she would be on it. Mainly because I love the striking look of her covers. Seriously, how can you avoid these in the store!




 John Green


If you have a list of contemporary authors, you can’t forget John Green. I feel I don’t need to do much explaining for this one. Obviously, The Fault in Our Stars is a big read, but don’t forget his other books as well. I’ve read Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, and they were both wonderful. Yes, John Green can make you very sad, but the romances in his books are some of the best!

















4 thoughts on “Contemporary Authors You Have to Read”

  1. I’m so proud, I’ve read most of those! I ADORE Rainbow Rowell. She’s probably my favourite author ever. I read Anna and the French Kiss and hated it, same with If I Stay and Where She Went. But John Green I agree with 🙂 Jenny and Jennifer are both high up on my list!

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