Top Ten Tuesday (22) : Top Ten Books On My Syllabus If I Taught YA Contemporary Romance 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Brokeandbookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. I decided to go with YA Contemporary Romance 101, because this is one of the genres I read the most. I tried to vary my choices, so you will get contemporary romances in different settings, combined with life stories, friendships, adventures, sad situations…well, basically all that can lead to a little romance in life! I hope you’ll enjoy! As always, you can click on the title of the book for a Goodreads link 🙂

1 • My life next door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

Two neighbors falling in love for the first time, dealing with their families, their own background stories, and handling their own friendships and trust.

2 • Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

A strong, honest, heartbreaking and full of true feelings…this is the real story of first love.


3 •  The Geography of You and Me, Jennifer E. Smith

Spinning through continents and through postcards, a unique relationship makes this Jennifer E. Smith book one of the must-reads of YA contemporary romance.


4 • Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

Far away from the clichés, this unperfect relationship gives us everything we can search in contemporary romance. Trouble, many trouble in paradise, playing with feelings, all in a different, romantic place, Paris.

5 • Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally

A contemporary romance with a girl loving sports, and a guy just as good as her. An unique story about love, competition, and accepting each other.

6 • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han

Jenny Han is one of the masters of this genre I picked out today. Obviously, this duology goes perfectly in this topic. Romance at its best, with endearing characters, chemistry, love stories, giving also a great place for family dynamics.

7 • Vendetta, Catherine Doyle

One of a kind romance, this is it. If I put that one into this virtual class, it’s because it’s really different. Mystery, trust, discovering the truth, while falling in love… a romance at its best shape, with all the drama we need.

8 • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn, David Leviathan

A contemporary romance about how sometimes, circumstances can play the best role in finding out who you are, and who you want to be with.

9 • Peaches, Jodi Lynn Anderson

Contemporary romances, on the side of amazing friendships, because sometimes those two can perfectly work together.


10 •If I Stay, Gayle Forman

On the sad side of this class, If I Stay plays an amazing role, where we can find out about the true power of love.


Are you planning to read any of those books, or did you read any? What did you think about it? Let me know in comments!

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (22) : Top Ten Books On My Syllabus If I Taught YA Contemporary Romance 101

  1. Great list! I loved If I Stay, even the movie was good. We have some books in common today. I picked Eleanor & Park too, it’s such a sweet story. I’ve been thinking about reading Peaches, especially since Amazon has it on sale right now. I think I’ll go ahead and buy it since it made your list. Here’s my TTT. Happy reading!

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  2. I don’t read contemporary very often because it’s not really my genre, but I’ve read a few of these and they’re great choices for learning about the genre! I didn’t enjoy If I Stay so much, but it definitely showed how to make a book sad, and explore themes of death 🙂

    I’ve read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I enjoyed it so much. It was really cute and light, which I think some contemporaries definitely need to be. They offer a much deserved break from the real world – sometimes we all need a little bit of fictional romance 😉 ❤

    Great list!
    ~ Denise @ The Bibliolater

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    1. Aw, what genre do you read the most, if I can ask? 🙂 Thank you so much Denise, I’m really glad that you think I made wise choices, haha 😀 I feel the same way about To All The Boys I Loved Before, it got some lightness and freshness that a lot of contemporary books need to have. Thank you so much for stopping by! 😀


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