Day 6 – Favourite contemporary read
There were a few titles that came to mind for this prompt but they were mostly overhyped for their time (and really, we’re they my favourite?). Titles like The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska (I’m just listing John Green novels now), The Handmaiden tale and Perks of being a Wallflower. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed all of these titles and most in the contemporary section. But they weren’t my favourite.
My favourite contemporary read(s) would be Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins.
I know this is technically 3 books but I do love the series. And it’s not because it’s an AMAZING series but more for the fact that they are lighthearted love stories that all intertwine with each other and end so perfectly together.
Plus I really love St. Clair.
The series starts with Anna and the French Kiss, followed by Lola and the Boy Next Door and finishes with Isla and the Happily Ever After. They all tie in together, in other words, the characters from Anna and the French Kiss make an appearance throughout the series but not in such a huge way that they are main characters but still part of the story.
Each book follows one romance, a relationship that develops throughout. They are (for at least for two of them) set at an international school in Paris and, for the one that isn’t set there, is relevant to the characters and how they interact with one another. The series touches more on discovering independence and friendship and building relationships.
There, of course, was a lot of hype surrounding these books and it actually took me two years to read the rest of the series after I finished Anna and the French Kiss but I was glad when I did. I think I enjoyed them so much because they were predictable and when you’re reading fantasy and sci-fi all the time sometimes you need predictable to stop your heart being constantly abused from all the suspense. This series is fun, lighthearted and feel good and you get the ending you need and deserve. They are all really easy to read and you could easily get through one in an afternoon, it’s not a heavy commitment. The thing with a lot of contemporary work us that it touches on some heavy topics and, while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes you just need the easy-going nature of these types of books.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
- Before I Die by Jenny Downham