Holiday Shopping Guide: For the Contemporary Lover


Holidays are around the corner and we’re hear to help you buy the best gift of all: books! Have a friend who loves contemporary young adult literature but has read their way through – or doesn’t like – John Green? We’re here to help.

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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: August 27th 2013
Ezra Faulkner loses his athletic career and finds himself a table of misfits, where he meets new girl Cassidy Thorpe. The Jewish main character is physically disabled after a car accident.

Winger by Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: May 14th 2013
Ryan Dean West dorms with the biggest bully on the rugby team and the girl he likes doesn’t even know he exists. When the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out what’s important – and how to hold on to it. The main character is younger than most YA protagonists. You’ll want to hug a puppy afterwards.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release date: September 10th 2013
Fangirl Cath must adjust to college after a lifetime of immersing herself in the world of Simon Snow.  Bonus: fanfiction! A great that kind of girl scene! Levi!

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Release date: April 4th 2014
With both girls nursing broken hearts, Reagan O’Neill joins her best friend and country superstar Lilah Montgomery on a 24-city tour. Bonus: fierce lady friendships for the win.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: May 6th 2014
Emily’s best friend Sloan disappears and leaves her with a list of 13 bizarre tasks that Emily would never try – unless they lead to her finding her best friend. This coming-of-age novel is low on romance and big on self.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
Publisher: May 15th 2014
Release date: Dutton Juvenile
A letter from a silver screen legend leads set designer Emi to Ava. Emi likes ladies. Emi also happens to be a lady.

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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Knopf Books
Release date: May 9th 2006
It’s Josephine Alibrandi’s last year of Catholic school – and this will be the year she sets herself free.

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Release date: October 1st 2013
The title says it all. Evan hooks up with the wrong girl at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: December 23rd 2008
Parker starts drinking and failing her classes, and nobody understands why – but Parker just wants to be left alone. Nobody knows the truth. Something horrible happened, and it just might be her fault. The main character is fierce.


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Tara Hackley

Tara is a twenty-something with a love of writing, animals, and life. She's usually reading or writing but if she's not, she's out finding her next great adventure.

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