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6 Engrossing Contemporary Novels

November 30, 2017
Sam Benson
Riveted Editorial Board
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There is nothing better than a good contemporary read. Sure, I sometimes love to whisk myself away to fantasy worlds or immerse myself in books that show us a glimpse of what life was like a few hundred years ago, but usually it’s the contemporary books that strike me the most. I connect with them on a personal level because the stories feel like they could happen to someone I know. Check out some of my favorites below and comment with your favorite contemporary read!

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

The Chaos of Standing Still
Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel.


Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish
A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?


Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

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The first novel in Abbie Glines’ Field Party series, about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.


The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes

The Victoria in my Head 2
A shy, rule-following teen winds up joining a local rock band in this laugh-out-loud, heartfelt coming-of-age novel.


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

All american boys
Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

One Response to 6 Engrossing Contemporary Novels


  1. alyssayuri says:

    Contemporary is my fave genre!!!! 😍 i think readers should definitely pay attention to the relationships, connections, and lessons that can sometimes only be seen in this genre.

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