Hello everyone, it’s Tuesday again which means another Top 5 Tuesday 🙂 this meme is hosted by Shanah at the Bionicbookworm, and our topic for this week is our top 5 contemporary/ fiction books. So as some of you may know one of my reading resolutions for this year is to read more contemporary books as I don’t often read books of this genre but the ones that I have read I really enjoyed. I am really happy about this topic as I am hoping to get some good recommendations from other people who participate in the Top 5 Tuesday topic as well as from anyone else who has any recs for me 🙂 But first just a little disclaimer, I haven’t read many contemporary books so all of my top 5 are actually from the same author, I also read all of these books around 8 years ago so my descriptions of why I liked them aren’t the most detailed. So here are my top 5 contemporary books;
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
This is one of my favourites of Sarah Dessen’s books and that is really because of the characters. Remy and Dexter are such great characters, I love how they are complete opposites with Remy being quite cynical and a little OCD and then there is Dexter who dropped out of high school to play in his band, he is quirky, funny and really carefree. I loved watching their relationship grow and seeing them both bring out the best in each other.
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about?
Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
This book tackles some things that a lot of teenagers go through, having their parents divorce, remarry and have new children. I really liked how she shows the relationships between Auden and all of her family members and especially how she develops a relationship with her new step-mother and how they see how both of them are struggling and bond together to help each other.
It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend.
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Once again I really enjoy the characters in this story who are both going through pretty hard times and really not fitting in, but they help each other just in little ways like sitting together at lunch and listening to music. I really enjoy how this story is mainly about their friendship and how they really support and care for each other and how it then turns into something more.
Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.
This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.
Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The friendships within this story are what really made it for me, I loved getting to see Macy really enjoy her new job at Wish catering and all of the people that she met there.
A long, hot summer…
That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.
But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.
Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
This is a running theme now but I really enjoy Sarah Dessen’s characters and the way that she builds their relationships. I love Jamie he has this child-like love for everything around him, seeing the wonder and magic in things such as his koi pond. Ruby and Cora’s relationship is also very interesting to see as they start off with a poor relationship where they haven’t seen each other in years and then we see them gain an understanding of one another and in the end get their relationship back.
Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?
I would love to get some recommendations for contemporary books, I would especially like to have some more variety in the contemporaries that I read since really all of the books that I have read have had fairly similar themes so if you have any for me I would love to hear them 🙂
Thank you for reading