5 Reasons I Love Contemporary YA Books

I’ve noticed that my bookshelf is filled with contemporary YA books.

So is my TBR, and my wishlist, and my list of the books I just finished. I mostly read contemporary YA books, and I love them. Today I’ll be sharing the reasons why!


Before I get started, I just wanted to preface that I also love many other genres. A lot of my favorite books are fantasy and historical fiction. A balance of genres is definitely essential for a healthy bookworm. ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, I just noticed that the majority of the books I think about are contemporary, so I thought they deserved a post.


1. I can relate.

I think this is probably the biggest reason for most people who love contemporary.

We! can! relate!

*thinks of Maren Morris song* anyone else?

It’s the best feeling to read a book and nod along with the character. To actually understand what they’re going through, to have been in the same situation as them. To genuinelyย get it.

Here are a few things I can relate to in contemporaries:

  • School
  • Electronic-ness of everything
  • Friends
  • Homework
  • Social situations
  • The words they use (like ‘like’)
  • School
  • What’s going on in the world
  • DID I mention school?!

I really loved readingย Little Women. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, in fact. But, can I really relate to sewing my clothes or wearing corsets or walking everywhere? No. That didn’t stop me from absolutely lovingย Little Women, but it was not a relatable* book for me.

*books like classics are still relatable as far as the feelings characters felt, and some of their situations, but not relatable as in, they have everyday school scenarios like I do!


2. They’re popular, and people discuss them.

We all like discussing books with others.

That’s why we’re out here, on the blogosphere! *waves to you from other side of my computer screen*

I love contemporaries because I can talk about them with others all the time. I see so many people reading them, and that gives me the chance to talk about them.

Plus, I hear people’s opinions on them. Which then inspires me to read them, then shareย my opinion, and then I’ve read another contemporary…and the cycle continues. ๐Ÿ˜‰


3.ย I compare my life with theirs.

Okay. So maybe Harry Potter isn’t the most comparable book ever.

Yes, I totally go to Hogwarts? And I’m the Chosen One and I have classes like Transfiguration and I ride hippogriffs??

me when I realize I’m not harry potter

I really can’t compare my life to many books except for contemporaries. This brings a whole new perspective as I read the book, and creates a different experience.

I think things like,ย “Oh, that’s how it is at my school,”ย or,ย “that’s how it is where I live.” It’s so interesting to read a book you can compare to your life, and that’s one of the reasons I love contemporaries so much. ๐Ÿ™‚


4. I almost always love the main character.

I absolutely love main characters in contemporaries.

Maybe it’s just the specific type I’m drawn towards, but the main character is usually a teenage girl, and usually has a strong personality that I really enjoy.

I just love reading from the point of view of the character, and that makes reading contemporaries all the more enjoyable.


5. The covers are beautiful.

This is more of a shallow reason… but, I noticed a lot of the things I thought of boiled down to the fact that I just related to the characters, and I decided to do one completely different! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Admit it, though, the majority of us probably care about book covers.

My aestheticย (is that the correct usage of aesthetic, I don’t even know) is reflected in YA book covers. Feast your eyes on the gorgeousness.

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The fonts! And the colors! And everything!


I hope you enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed writing it. Also, I just wanted to announce that this past week, I hit 100 followers!๐ŸŽ‰

Giant hugs and thank yous to all of my followers, and to everyone who comments and just reads my posts. Thank you so, so much! There may or may not be a special post next week for this milestone… ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s your favorite genre? Do you like contemporaries, and if so, why? What is your book cover aesthetic? Let’s chat in the comments.


Photo byย Katherine Hanlonย onย Unsplashย >> Credits for the wonderful image used in my featured image!

30 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Love Contemporary YA Books

  1. Okay, so maybe we’re both a bit shallow, BUT THE COVER IS IMPORTANT. IT MUST BE BEAUTIFUL. ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Congratulations on getting 100 followers! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    (Maybe we’ll see each other in Potions class later this week? ๐Ÿ˜‰)

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  2. Ooh, great post! I personally prefer fantasy more than contemporary — mostly because I read to escape and sometimes contemporaries hit a little too close to home for me — but I also ADORE contemporary! Personally, I’m not one for the cute, fluffy contemporaries (I have to be in the right mood), but more of the gritty ones that take on important issues. But I totally agree that being able to relate to the characters is a huge reason why I like contemporary books!

    Great post! (And congrats on 100 followers! Consider me a follower as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

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    • OH NO! I wrote a reply to this comment a long time ago, and I just realized it never published. I’m so sorry! Here’s a second try. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you so much, May! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m definitely a fan of fantasy as well. Usually I’m in the mood for fluffy contemporaries, though I also enjoy the more “gritty” ones, too.

      Thanks again! And thanks for the follow.โค๏ธ I love your blog!

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  3. Congratulations on 100 followers! While I enjoy a good contemporary and you have some great points about why they’re fun to read, my favorite genres are fantasy and historical romance.

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  4. I do love contemporaries!! I used to be like “Nope” to them and only love fantasy, but these last few years I really enjoy them!?? Like fantasy is probably forever my favourite, but I even now prefer magical realism, because magic + modern things = THE BEST! ๐Ÿ˜ But I love like the relatability of the humour of contemporaries and the snark and banter and…all the ice cream. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. I think I have a harder time with contemporaries, ironically for many of the reasons you listed. I don’t want to read something that sounds too similar to my life. I really like going some place fantastic and having a wild adventure.
    HOWEVER, relating to the characters is very important. And I totally see the appeal of contemporary–especially since you’ve put some of those points so succinctly for me! But I suppose I prefer things to be a bit more outlandish–not necessarily fantastic, but just different.
    You’re spot on about the covers, though. They’re often a real pleasure to look at! So bright and creative.

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  6. Oh this is such a great post, I love it! Contemporaries are my favorite books – they are quite relatable, even if they’re not too relatable for me, since I mostly read young adult but I’m not in high school and haven’t been for a while, but… they’re relatable in the feelings they give me, in some way? I also love how it is mostly all about the characters, their thoughts, their development and evolution as they go on with their lives. Contemporaries make me have ALL THE FEELS and I’m so reading for that.
    Lovely post! xx

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