Introducing the YA contemporary corner !

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! How are you today? I hope you had a good week, and a wonderful Sunday. Today’s post is going to be kind of different, and I surely hope you will enjoy it…to see whether or not I can continue with it.

As you all know by now – and if you don’t, well…now you’ll know, I am a huge contemporary reader. It used to be, by far, my favorite genre, though fantasy is coming to a close second with magical realism since I started blogging and discovered wonderful books. But hey, I’m disgressing a bit here. In my first post of the year, I mentioned that I wanted to get more into talking about my favorite genre, and here is born my newest feature…


The YA contemporary corner is a little feature here to recommend you all the contemporary books you NEED to read. Well, if you want to, obviously. I have no idea whether it’ll take place a lot of the time or not, for now, this is a first try, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it!

Today’s theme is Best Siblings! Obviously this is a theme I hold close to my heart because my sister is by far the best person in the whole universe. Click on the book covers to be redirected to Goodreads.

Three books with great siblings

to all the boys i've loved beforeTo All The Boys I Loved Before, because besides being a cute and sweet contemporary you can devour in an afternoon if you’re into this kind of story, is has some of the greatest sisterhood dynamics. Kitty’s adorable and I just love how she felt part of the story all along, despite the book not being about her story.

a-list-of-cages-coverA List of Cages, because it’s a recent release and even if they’re not really linked by blood, this bond between these two boys got me wanting to hug them badly, really badly. Trigger warning for this series though, so beware.

πŸ“š Read my full review

i'll give you the sunI’ll Give You The Sun, because let’s be honest, I could not NOT mention this book. There are all the complexities of a siblings’ relationship in this, how they grow apart and stronger and back together, and it’s told with brilliance and easily is one of the greatest books out there.

πŸ“š Read my full review

Strong bonds here, but…beware of the tears

I couldn’t NOT do this little category to mention two books I hold close to my heart. They are about siblings relationships and how strong and important they can be in someone’s life. Beautiful stories here you should read but with a box of tissues by your side. NOT advised in public, like I did.

vanishing girls the sky is everywhere cover πŸ“š Read my full review for Vanishing Girls

πŸ“š Read my full review for The Sky is Everywhere


BONUS: the non-contemporary siblings worth mentioning

A Darker Shade final for IreneBecause I fell in love withΒ  this series last year and Kell and Rhy’s eternal banter is FABULOUS.

πŸ“š Read my full review for A Darker Shade of Magic

mara dyer 1

Because it’s one of my favorite series of all times, and Mara and Daniel’s relationship is great.


Did you read any of these books? Do you have any favorites with a great siblings relationship ? I’m always looking for more of these, so share the books in comments! πŸ’¬

What do you think about this new feature ? Let me know in comments! πŸ’¬

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102 thoughts on “Introducing the YA contemporary corner !

  1. I loved the sibling dynamic in The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (which can be categorized as contemporary). I don’t know if you’ve read it or not but there’s a scene where the main character and his sister take their younger sister (I think she’s around 9?) to a concert to see her favorite boyband even though they both hate it. It’s so sweet, I loved that scene so much. It’s also so on point when it comes to teeny concerts. All that screaming and crying! LOL.

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    1. Ohhhh really, I am SO eager to hear your thoughts about this one, I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. Also, brace yourself because it’s not an easy read haha. But it was so good πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll want to check out some of these books I mentioned, especially The Sky is Everywhere, since it’s from Jandy Nelson as well πŸ˜€ Thank you so much!

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    1. Oh I understand, I hope there’ll be a sale or something soon! I found the book really good, the main character has a real authentic teenage voice with its overthinking and overall way of thinking and processing, which was refreshing and felt real – same thing goes for the relationships. The family in this is also adorable and diverse, the dad is so cute and the sisterhood is also great, loved their dynamics πŸ™‚ If you enjoy cute contemporary stories I think you’ll love this one πŸ™‚

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  2. This is such a great new feature for your blog Marie, I loved this week’s post and I can wait to see what next week’s is as well.
    Sibling relationships in YA books are always amazing in my opinion, and some of the ones you’ve featured in your post this week are favourites of mine as well. Jandy Nelson is an amazing author and oh Jude and Noah were such amazing characters, same with Lennie and her sister despite the circumstances of their story.
    Also yes to Rhy and Kell from ADSOM, god I loved the two of them so much, especially in the second book because there was so much more of the two of them together! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Beth, so happy you’re enjoying it! I don’t know if I’ll keep it by theme, or change things up a bit, I’ll have to see πŸ™‚
      Oh I agree, I had to do a little out-of-contemporary bonus for them, I was thrilled that their relationship developed more in AGOS, I love them together πŸ˜€

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      1. That’s all right, and I think whatever you choose it will be interesting to see where you go with this theme! πŸ™‚
        Well yeah there are some amazing family relationships in other genres as well, maybe not so much as YA contemporary books but there are some! πŸ˜€

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      2. I agree, and I definitely want to explore that as well. I think it’s always a great addition to a fantasy or sci-fi story for instance, when there are such tight and great relationships as developed as in contemporaries, even if the main focus isn’t on this in these kind of stories! πŸ™‚

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  3. Hehehe…we’ll make a fantasy fanatic of you yet. Because, as everyone knows, it is the One Genre to Rule Them All. πŸ˜› But really, I’ve been interested by a few contemporary books lately. To All the Boys I’ve Loved before has been floating around for some time and I think my library has it. Hmm…

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  4. Ouuuh, this is a great feature! So many contemporary novels out there. It sometimes feels impossible to tell which ones are meant for the reader and which ones can be overlooked. I also did not expect A Darker Shade of Magic to be part of this list. That was a nice little surprise hahahah. Looking forward to diving into that book this year. The hype is real. πŸ˜€

    – Lashaan

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  5. I love this feature, Marieβ™₯! Great sibling relationships are one of my favorite things to find in YA contemporary. Although my little sisters and I clash a lot (four girls in one house is hectic) I don’t know what I would do without them. Which is why I love seeing that bond in books so much. I’ve only read I’ll Give You The Sun, The Sky is Everywhere, and Mara Dyer on your list but completely agree with you on them. Mara and Daniel’s sibling relationship is one of my all time favorites and my favorite part of that trilogy. And you actually just reminded me to add To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to my TBR for this year. I’ve been meaning to get to that one for a while and I love that it has a great sibling relationship in it. 😊

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  6. Fantastic feature! I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary books but it’s nice to know what to pick and why in case I feel like it πŸ™‚ I love siblings relationships in books. I’m an only child so it allows me to understand that bond better.

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  7. OOOH MARIE, what a delightful feature! This is amazing. ❀ I can’t wait to see more of the books that you recommend!
    Such good choices though – I loved loved loved the Lara Jean books (I can’t wait for the third!!), and I’m really looking forward to reading A List of Cages! 😊

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  8. I’m so happy with this corner! Contemporary is one of my favorite genres and I’m always seeking out for new recommendations. I still have a lot on my TBR already, but I’m okay about adding more and more titles, hahah.
    I also really, really love stories with great family dynamics. If I had to add another one, I’d say Matthew and Ronan from The Raven Cycle! I know it is not a contemporary, but I love their relationship so much!
    Great post, Marie. Can’t wait for the next ones! πŸ™‚

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  9. Yay, this is going to be a fantastic feature. I just know it. 😊 And oh my goodness, thanks for reminding me of A List of Cages! That ones seems to be making its rounds across the blogosphere; I’ve only heard good things so far. ⭐️

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  10. I really love this feature Marie!! πŸ˜€ I love contemporary AND sibling relationship as well. I agree that TATBILB has one of the MOST amazing portrayal of sisterhood. I love Lara Jean’s relationship with Margo and Kitty so much ❀ I also love Noah and Jude's relationship, it's complicated and shows us that sibling rivalry could be REALLY scary πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ahaha I can't wait to read A List of Cages!! Also yes to Kell & Rhy and TSIE. Other than these, I love Simon's relationship with his sisters in Simon VS and Alec, Izzy, and Jace in The Mortal Instruments ❀ also I didn't know you read Mara Dyer!! It's hard to find people who read that series AND love it too hahaha πŸ˜‚

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    1. Oh thank you so, SO much Puput ❀ I am so eager for you to read A List of Cages, it's such an incredible book. And oh yes, Simon's relationship with his sisters is ADORABLE, I love it so much haha.
      OHh did you read the whole series as well? I'm so happy! I agree, it's so hard to find people actually loving it, I think a lot were disappointed by the ending? :/ I really loved these books, I can't wait for the Noah books! πŸ™‚

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      1. Me too!! I think I’m gonna wait until the paperback is released though, I currently can’t afford the hardback because there’s so many books I want to buy this month πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ OHH I forgot to mention this yesterday by PS I Like You by Kasie West also has an amazing sibling AND family relationship πŸ˜€ I didn’t hahaha I haven’t finished the last book yet πŸ˜‚ I started but I forgot what happened in the last book so I put it down and haven’t picked it up again since πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but I plan to read it before Noah’s trilogy comes out! ❀

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  11. Oh, this is a great feature! I read mostly fantasy, but lately I’ve been getting a lot more into contemporary. And I love sibling relationships in books! I completely agree with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – I love the bond between the sisters. And I just read I’ll Give You The Sun and OMG, I’m still not over how good it is. The relationship between Noah and Jude was so flawed and real, but oh so beautiful. And of course, Kell and Rhy are indeed kings of the banter πŸ˜‰

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  12. Aw, I love this idea!! I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary, but I’m excited to potentially discover some new ones that interest me πŸ˜€

    I loove Kell & Rhy in the Shades of Magic series SOOOO much. I really need to read I’ll Give You the Sun (I’ve been saying this for so long I really have to make it happen, haha).

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  13. Already so in love with this feature! ITs so awesome and for someone who loves contemporaries, it is A GIFT to my heart! And also the topic that you decided to do it on too! Its like your listening in to all my private thoughts and granting me all my wishes AHAHA! I’ve only read the Jandy Nelson of this list but that’s how I KNOW this list is perfect! (and I’m making my way through ADSOM and loving it!) I can’t wait to check out/read all the rest of them! ❀

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  14. I love the sisterhood dynamic in To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I love how it is a romance story between Lara Jean and Peter, but it also focuses on all the sisters defining their identities within each other and creating new relationships with each other. I feel like each sister played an important part in the plot. Also, my favorite sisterhood scene in this series (I can’t remember if it’s in the first or second book) is when Margot, Lara Jean, and Kitty are all giving Lara Jean advice. They all had different perspectives, and all supported each other.

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    1. Oh yes, yes, 100% yes! I really loved the sisters’ relationship in that book just as well. It definitely felt part of the story and it was what made me love it so much. Sisters relationships are sooooooooooo great in books. Oh yes, this is such a great scene, I LOVED IT! ❀ Also, I'm impatient to read the next book πŸ™‚

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      1. Me too I already preordered it so I can read it right away! I didn’t even think there needed to be another book after the second one but I’m still so excited.

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      1. Oh no of course! I love the book with every fiber of my body ! But yes, I got the beginning and the closing of the relationship… What about the in between? The meetings? The clash of bodies that yern each other for so long?? :/

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