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What are favorite, recently published, contemporary, realistic YAs that you've read lately?
#1 - October 17, 2011, 06:03 AM
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SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD, by our own Lindsey Leavitt. LOVED this book!
#2 - October 17, 2011, 06:20 AM

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ALL of Courtney Summers' books.
THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer R. Hubbard
SPLIT by Swati Avashti
FREEFALL by Mindi Scott
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
#3 - October 17, 2011, 07:42 AM
DEFY THE DARK - HarperTeen June 2013
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I'm in the middle of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, one of last year's Printz Honor winners.
#4 - October 17, 2011, 07:48 AM
BUSY-EYED DAY (Beach Lane Books, 2018)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
VAMPIRINA AT THE BEACH (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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 Bronxwood by Coe Booth, Recovery Road by Blake Nelson, Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Ordinary Beauty by Laura Wiess and Jenny Han's Summer series.
#5 - October 17, 2011, 08:00 AM
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My fave contemporary read of the year is HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr.
#6 - October 17, 2011, 08:01 AM

Yay! Thanks for your recs, guys. I'm heading out of town in a couple weeks and I hope to carve out some reading time. My Kindle is calling me...  :grin2:
#7 - October 17, 2011, 08:23 AM
ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO! Candlewick, 2017
LOUD LULA, Two Lions 2015
CALIFORNIA HISTORY FOR KIDS, CRP
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I second Sean Griswold's head and Courtney Summers' books. I'd add C.K. Kelly Martin's books (can't wait to read the new one!), Anna and the French Kiss, and Putting Makeup on Dead People (about a girl that wants to work in a funeral home - very funny and heartfelt too).
#8 - October 17, 2011, 11:19 AM
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SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD (Lindsey Leavitt)

IF IT TELL (Janet Gurtler)
#9 - October 17, 2011, 11:23 AM
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I second ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, and I loved MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby.
#10 - October 17, 2011, 01:41 PM
I'm looking for a dare-to-be-great situation.

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Also, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, a fun and romantic road trip book.
#11 - October 17, 2011, 02:03 PM
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I always think Ellen Hopkins like Perfect for realistic/contemporary reads.
#12 - October 17, 2011, 03:05 PM

I second Freefall. I just read it and loved it. Also Tara Kelly's Amplified is coming out very soon, and I loved Harmonic Feedback.
#13 - October 17, 2011, 03:05 PM
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Also by Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door. And I'm a sucker for Simone Elkeles, she's hilarious. Also discovered Sarah Dessen this year (I know, I'm behind) as well as Flash Burnout. I also highly recommend Camo Girl.
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PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard (not entirely contemporary - takes place in the 80s, I think)
THE BEGINNING OF AFTER by Jennifer Castle
COMPULSION by Heidi Ayarbe
LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard
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If you want something totally light and fun, my CP's JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS just came out. It cures you of the dark/dystopian blues. :) (I do love those books too though!)
#16 - October 17, 2011, 04:15 PM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now
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The books I list are not new-new ... but recent (past five years) so I hope they are new enough and they've not been mentioned yet.

Freefall by Anna Levine
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Storck
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements + related books

That's all I can think of at the top of my head.
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#17 - October 18, 2011, 06:25 AM
TEN EASTER EGGS (Cartwheel/Scholastic, 2015)
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 Oh! I forgot one of my absolute favorite recent reads. I read it in 09, but I think it came out in the US last year. STOLEN by Lucy Christopher. Be warned though, it is pretty dark, (about a girl who is kidnapped and kept hostage in the Australian outback) but it is sooo good. It's been two years and I still can't get it out of my head.

Also from 09, if you haven't read it yet, TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler is a very sweet read.
#18 - October 18, 2011, 06:54 AM
DEFY THE DARK - HarperTeen June 2013
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THE SUNDOWN RULE  by Wendy Townsend

Could be for MG but very strong writing combined with a quiet, but compelling story. See my review on Goodreads.
#19 - October 19, 2011, 09:33 PM
Sheila Welch,  author/illustrator. Don't Call Me Marda, Waiting to Forget, Something in the Air, The Shadowed Unicorn, Little Prince Know-It-All

How about Mitali Perkins? I loved BAMBOO PEOPLE, and SECRET KEEPER was also very good. I just discovered Sara Zarr this year. Loved her ONCE WAS LOST.
#20 - October 20, 2011, 08:48 AM
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I enjoyed Gae Polisner’s THE PULL OF GRAVITY and THE END OF THE LINE by Angela Cerrito.

Although it came out last year, I only got to it this year: FREAK MAGNET by Andrew Auseon.
#21 - October 22, 2011, 10:40 AM
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