What are the best YA contemporary novels?

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    #1Tyler Johnson Was Here

    Tyler Johnson Was Here

    Tyler Johnson Was Here is a heartbreaking realistic novel for young adults written by Jay Coles. It was released in March 2018. It is about a young man trying to find justice for his brother's unjustly death at the hands of a police officer.

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    #2I Am Still Alive

    I Am Still Alive

    I Am Still Alive is a thrilling adventure and survival fiction for young adults written by Kate Alice Marshall. it will be released on July 24, 2018. It is about a young woman trying to survive a dangerous life alone in the wilderness.

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    Brenda Bennett
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A little bit of an odd story. It is entertaining and with a different view."
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    #3A Thousand Perfect Notes

    A Thousand Perfect Notes

    A Thousand Perfect Notes is a coming-of-age and dramatic novel for young adults written by C.G. Drews. It will be released on June 7, 2018, by Hachette Book Group. It is about a young man trying to change his life.

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    Elizabeth Vargas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Although it has yet to be released, I am on the edge of my seat waiting in anticipation! I have read several great reviews about it and my local librarian has promised to reserve it for me as soon as it hits the shelf. Although I have yet to read it, I feel a strong connection to the protagonist of the book. I also have doubts in my life and right now it is difficult to find answers for everything. He is like me in this regards. I hope reading this book will shed some light into my problems. I cannot wait until it is released in paperback! "
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    #4The Brightsiders

    The Brightsiders

    The Brightsiders is a young adult novel written by Jen Wilde. It will be released on May 22, 2018, by Swoon Reads. It is about a teen rock star trying to balance her life with her family, friends, and fame.

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    Christine Webb
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Say it ain't so, Alfie. Alfie gets Emmy in trouble in The Brightsiders. This is a book about teen fame come to early and life as a teen rocker. The wild press labels Emmy the latest tabloid mess as she ends up in the hospital after that usual night of partying that rockers are known to do. Can the young woman find the strength she needs to stand on her own of will she fall into the pit like so many before her? This is a book about traveling through that coming of age period that teens know is coming or here but so unfamiliar with."
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    #5An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

    An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

    An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the debut novel of the Crash Course and Vlogbrothers creator Hank Green. It will be released on September 25, 2018. It is about a young woman who was lifted to the world of fame after her video went viral.

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    #6The Upside of Falling Down

    The Upside of Falling Down

    The Upside of Falling Down is a romantic light novel for young adults written by Rebekah Crane. It was first released in January 2018. It is about a young woman who survived a plane crash and is without her memories.

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    Jesús Gallegos
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Its not the current that will drown you. It’s the exhaustion from fighting it."
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    #7The Dangerous Art of Blending In

    The Dangerous Art of Blending In

    The Dangerous Art of Blending In is a light and inspirational novel for young adults written by Angelo Surmelis. It is was originally released in January 2018. It is about a young gay guy trying to embrace his real identity.

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    Rajesh Patel
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This choice for best YA contemporary novel showcases a funny and true to the core experience. It is said to be raw in ways the author is able to tell a timeless story that takes the reader into the drama with every line of the script. "
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    #8The Window

    The Window

    The Window is a dramatic but thrilling novel for young adults written by Amelia Brunskill. It was released last April 3, 2018. It is about a young girl investigating the sudden death of her twin sister.

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    Cheryl Powell
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book was a bit unusual but in a good way. Identical twins couldn't be more different in this story. Jess is quiet and keeps to herself, but Anna is vivacious and outgoing. Anna falls and is killed at the beginning of the story and Jess tries to figure out what happened. It leads her to a world of secrets and she feels she didn't know her sister at all. "
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    #9Heretics Anonymous

    Heretics Anonymous

    Heretics Anonymous is a light hilarious novel for young adults written by Katie Henry. It will be released on August 7, 2018, by HarperCollins. It is about an atheist that was enrolled in a Catholic school.
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    Philip Walters
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I like a good novel. I dont want anything to be too crazy and at the same time I want it to feature a well moving plot. Heretics Anonymous was perfect for what I wanted. It came with a great tale of Catholic School trials and tribulations."
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    #10Busted

    Busted

    Busted by Gina Ciocca is a contemporary young adult fiction novel originally published in January 2018. This book tells the story of Marisa - a girl popular in her school for busting cheaters and liars.

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    Ismael Calderón
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Again, only one example was given when a few were asked for. Another book would be a welcome addition."
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    #11Say You'll Remember Me

    Say You'll Remember Me

    Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry is a young adult romance and fiction novel originally published in January 2018. This book tells the story of young Drix imprisoned by a crime he was not responsible for.

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    Mark Schmidt
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Just a great book to read I highly recommend it "
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    #12Meet Cute

    Meet Cute
    Meet Cute by is a young adult romance book written by Jennifer Armentrout, Sara Shepard, Katharine McGee, and others. This young adult book contains a compilation of short stories of romantic and heartbreaking narratives.
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    Beatriz Ávila
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This has various amounts of short stories. It's hit or miss; some are really compelling and well written, while others seemed out of place in this book. Overall, I wouldn't read it again and don't think I would recommend it to others."
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    #13Every You, Every Me

    Every You, Every Me

    Every You, Every Me is a young adult novel by David Levithan which follows the story of Even, a high school teen who is being victimized by a stalker who takes his pictures. It was published in 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

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    Jorge Alberto Escobar
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "When I reae this it wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, but that isn't a bad thing. I absolutely love how the book was written and formatted; it's huge with context! It's an interesting read and the characters are intriguing. You'll want to figure them out more and more as the book goes on. Overall it was a good read and I'd say if you're even slightly interested in the book, then read it because it won't disappoint."
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    #14Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

    Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

    Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List is a young adult novel by David Levithan which follows the story of Naomi and Ely, two kids who grew up together and who made a No Kiss List to protect their friendship. It was published in 2007 by Knopf Books.

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    Paul Hayes
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I don't agree with the book's message, but it's moderately well written for what it is. Very much comes across as an adult writing a story for other adults, however. "
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    #15The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

    The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel

    The Lover's Dictionary is a young adult novel by David Levithan which discusses love using different keywords which all relate to the concept of love, all within the context of the narrator's relationship. It was published in 2011.

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    Catherine Lee
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It didn't feel like a David Levithan novel when I first started reading. The story was beautiful and perfect for any young adult. I usually don't laugh or cry when I read but this one got me. "
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    #16My Sister Jodie

    My Sister Jodie
    My Sister Jodie is a children's book written by Jacqueline Wilson. Originally published in 2008 by Doubleday UK, My Sister Jodie focuses the adventures of the sisters Pearl and Jodie.
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    Steven Wagner
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I don't feel like this is a great solution. The book is expensive and seems more like a kids book than a YA one. "
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    #17Magnolia

    Magnolia

    Magnolia is a young adult contemporary romance novel written by the New York Times Bestselling author Kristi Cook. This is the first book in the Magnolia Branch series. This book was originally published in 2014.

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    Patricia Sierra
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is book best example for a novel."
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    #18Cowboys & Kisses

    Cowboys & Kisses

    Cowboys & Kisses is the first book in the Teens of Black Falls Texas series written by Sasha Summers. This contemporary romance novel for young adults was originally published in 2014.

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    Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was looking for a good young adult contemporary novel and came across Cowboys & Kisses. This is the first book in a YA series and it has good writing and a good story. I really liked the setting and the themes involved. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good YA book. "
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    #19Lost & Found

    Lost & Found

    Lost & Found is the first in the Lost & Found series written by Nicole Williams. This contemporary romance novel for young adult readers was originally published in 2013.

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    Ai Gong
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The cover may seem a bit corny and basic but I swear it's not a good representation of the book. First of all, let me say that, as a romance novel, this book does its job. I think the fantasy it creates is energetic, the characters are representable, and the story is nice. Obviously you have to be a fan of this genre to enjoy it but I think I just need to say that as a disclaimer. I'd recommend people give it a try."
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    #20A & L Do Summer

    A & L Do Summer

    A & L Do Summer is a young adult contemporary romance novel written by Jan Blazanin. This was originally published in 2011. It narrates the story of a country girl and a city girl as they try to adapt to the new environment.

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    Amanda Douglas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is a must read for those laid back days. Doesn't take on a heavy feel and keeps things open and airy. A great please when you are looking to relax and are in need of some must needed down time."
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    #21Where the Streets Had a Name

    Where the Streets Had a Name
    Where the Streets Had a Name is a contemporary realistic fiction book for young adults that is authored by Randa Abdel-Fattah, published Pan Macmillan on January 1, 2008. It follows the story of Hayaat and her beloved Sitti Zeynab.
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    Emily Gilbert
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Where the Streets Had a Name is a great young adult novel that will help introduce younger readers to a different culture. It tells a story that will be unfamiliar to many youth and it tells it well. Recommended for middle school aged readers and up."
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    #22Float

    Float

    Float authored by JoeAnn Hart is a contemporary about nature and environment published on February 1, 2013 by Ashland Creek Press. It follows the story of Duncan Leland.

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    Timothy Roberts
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a good solution because it is targeted towards young adults. The story setting and characters seem interesting. "

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Best What are the best YA contemporary novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tyler Johnson Was HereBooks 39 Paid
2I Am Still AliveBooks 36 Paid
3A Thousand Perfect NotesBooks 33 Paid
4The BrightsidersBooks 31 Paid
5An Absolutely Remarkable ThingBooks 28 Paid
6The Upside of Falling DownBooks 27 Paid
7The Dangerous Art of Blending InBooks 23 Paid
8The WindowBooks 23 Paid
9Heretics AnonymousBooks 21 Paid
10BustedBooks 19 Paid
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