Hey Book worms !! The times are depressing and the many of the countries are facing a lock-down . Life has come to a standstill and we all are getting bored from just sitting at home and not going out, and we are probably watching a lot of Netflix right now. This situation is however is an excellent opportunity to read . I recently presented some light-hearted and fluffy YA Contemporaries Part 1 and Part 2 . So here are my list of books which I missed in the previous posts but would like to recommend . Let’s begin without much ado –

By Your Side My favorite Kasie West book to date .By Your Side is a little different from her other YA contemporary romances. Yes, there is a love-triangle not much complicated and, yes, friendship is an important theme. Autumn and Dax a fair chance to find reasons why to fall in love, and it all begins with being trapped in library .

Frankly In Love We get a adorable Main Character who is Korean American and who doesn’t shy away from expressing his opinions . Frankly in Love is a fascinating look at love, friendship, cultural identity, parent-child relationships, and prejudice. A Book with different approach and not so sweet, soft but realistic, truly honest, straightforward kind of story-telling

I’ll Give You the Sun – “We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” This book was very artistic and filled with so many beautiful words. This book has alternating perspectives between 2 twins: Noah when he was 13, and Jude when she’s 16 (which is the present). There is so much creativity in the words that one wonders at its beauty .

Just One Day- Just One Day is a story of self-discovery sandwiched between the romance-heavy beginning and end, two stories in one if you will based in Paris . High school graduate Allyson meets an amateur Dutch actor Willem during her post-HS culture tour of Europe and with a spontaneity unnatural to her throws away all her caution and embarks on a day trip to Paris with him. One day is what it takes to fall in love .

The Fault in our Stars This book needs no introduction . I read it back when I was in 8th grade and still I remember the characters of Hazel and Augustus . Young love, first love, star-crossed love. “You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful “It’s real, heart-wrenching and so, so well written.

The Upside of Unrequited – The Upside of Unrequited is a tale of Molly Peskin Suso , who has over 27 crushes and still no Boyfriend and the story continues from here on. Molly is a cute and adorable character who involuntary falls into awkward situations and making us laugh out loud .The book is not merely about Molly finding a boyfriend but it’s how Molly evolves as a capable individual who is self reliant as well. 

Fake it till you Break it –  FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT is a charming rom-com in the similarity of TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE complete with more twists and turns – the beloved fake dating trope (in addition to that there is other trope of enemies-to-lovers and once childhood friends, if those are also up your alley!). No matter how many times I see this trope in some form of fiction, I will gobble it up every single time. 

I Love you so Mochi – A Trip to japan and Mochi . This was such a fun, YA contemporary. Kimi Nakamura is torn between finding her one true passion in life. The story-line is a simple one with our protagonist, Kimi budding designer going on a self discovery to Japan , meeting a cutie asian, Akira ( I mean even the name is kinda cute ) . I Love You So Mochi is just so delightful! I was in the mood for a light-hearted romance, and this book just hit the sweet spot.

The Summer of Us – A swoon-worthy story about five best friends on a whirlwind trip through Europe . A travel book at this time will just cheer up the readers .”Outside the window, the gray and brown buildings of London started disappearing behind them. Like a sped-up movie reel. Like the world on fast-forward.”This book is like a train ride. As in, you start at the beginning, and you’re introduced to these characters and their histories and you’re sort of overwhelmed with everything and yet you savor it and enjoy the book.

I hope you guys are safe and well and enjoyed this post . Have you read any of these of books ? Have you read about them ? What do you think ? Do you have any other recommendations for me ? Let me know in the comments section .

22 thoughts on “YA Contemporaries to uplift your mood in Lockdown [Recommendations] pt.3

  1. I like a lot of the books you listed here, but I’m particularly excited that you mentioned I’ll Give You the Sun. It’s such a fantastic book, and I feel like it doesn’t get nearly as much attention/praise as it deserves!

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