What are the best current books set in the 1980s?

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    #1Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    Ruth Alvarado
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I was born in the 80's and am always looking for books that talk about that era. I really enjoyed all of the 80's references in this book."
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    #2One Day

    One Day

    One Day is a romance novel by David Nicholls. It tells the story of Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley, who met on July 15th, 1988. Every year on the same day for twenty years, the novel returns to Dexter and Emma and their ever-changing relationship.

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    Jane Bell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I didn't really care for this book personally, but I felt it was a good one for what I got from it. So I don't really have a opinion on this one. "
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    #3Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance novel originally published in 2012. This book won the Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013 and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book in 2014.

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    Sharon Gomez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Eleanor & Park is a great coming of age story set in 1986. Two star crossed lovers in high school wonder if first love can last, and frankly if it should last. This book is mainly for teens or young adults, but I enjoyed it because I was in high school in the 1980's. This book is very relate-able and enjoyable. Highly recommended for valley girls and guys alike."
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    #4Tell the Wolves I'm Home

    Tell the Wolves I'm Home

    Tell The Wolves I'm Home is a bestselling historical fiction novel written by Carol Rifka Brunt, first published in 2012 by PanMacMillan. It won the ALA Alex Award in 2013.

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    Janet Gomez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I loved June’s dazzling narrative and miss her already. The book deals with favorite uncles, misunderstood siblings, AIDs in the 80’s, one of my fave cities, and the art world."
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    #5Magic America

    Magic America

    Magic America: Coming of Age in an Altered State is a magical realism book for young adults written by C.E. Medford. It is a coming-of-age story set in Trenton, New Jersey in the 1980s, but in an alternate universe.

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    Michael Sullivan
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Magic America was one of those books that I had to finish. While I was reading it, I couldn't and didn't want to put it down. This was the time I've read anything from C.E. Medford and I have to say she is a very talented writer. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends. I would have liked to read it slower, but it was just so good!"
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    #6The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    Cameron Post, an orphan child who has recently lost her parents in a car accident, feels guilty but relieved that he didn't have to tell them about her homosexuality. After getting caught having sex with a friend, she is sent to a religious camp to cure her homosexuality, where she will have many life-changing experiences. 

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    Philip Brown
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This was a okay book, nothing I thought was amazing but it was decent. Story telling was average and the characters felt like they were missing something. "
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    #7Every Five Years (Fix It or Get Out)

    Every Five Years (Fix It or Get Out)

    Every Five Years is the second book from Christine Ardigo's contemporary romance series Fix It or Get Out. It was published by Alexandria Publishing Group on August 11, 2014. 

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    Randy Lewis
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Not a very good solution for the given topic. "
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    #8Grit

    Grit
    Grit: The Banter and Brutality of the Late-Night Cab Driver is a humorous true-crime memoir novel written by Karl Wiggins. It is first published in 2004. 
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    George Sanders
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you are really into mystery and type books this is the one for you. It has it all and will keep you on the edge the whole time."
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    #9The Wide Game

    The Wide Game

    The Wide Game is a book by Michael West that tells a story of the married man Paul. He will come back to his alma mater to celebrate their 10th year High School reunion but the memories of past will haunt him and he will discover something. 

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    Jeffrey Salazar
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "a great book about discovery"
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    #10Dear Rockstar

    Dear Rockstar
    Sara is a senior high school student obsessed with Tyler Vincent, a rock star who stole her heart. Aimee, her best friend, thinks that there are better ways of escaping a hard home life than dating a rock star, and tries to stop her from meeting him. Then, a new student will set his sight on Sara, which will create a love triangle where everyone will have to deal with lots of emotions and secrets. 
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    Gerald Gray
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Great writing and great character development. Not typically into love stories but the writing in this book kind of overshadows the love story."

Summary

Best What are the best current books set in the 1980s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ready Player OneBooks 44 Paid
2One DayBooks 40 Paid
3Eleanor & ParkBooks 37 Paid
4Tell the Wolves I'm HomeBooks 35 Paid
5Magic AmericaBooks 34 Paid
6The Miseducation of Cameron PostBooks 32 Paid
7Every Five Years (Fix It or Get Out)Books 30 Paid
8GritBooks 27 Paid
9The Wide GameBooks 25 Paid
10Dear RockstarBooks 23 Paid
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