Contemporary Recommendations – North American Publishers

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Contemporary YA has been one of my favourite genres ever since I started blogging. It’s always fascinating to read about the lives of teens today and compare them to my own very different experiences growing up. Reading contemporaries from various parts of the world has also given me a great insight into different cultures.

The below books hopefully have something for all fans of contemporary YA. They include books set in Brazil, the UK, and Palestine, as well as the US. They’re listed in alphabetical order by author surname. 

All genre/representation lists are a mixture of books I’ve read myself, and those recommended by people I trust. I’ve linked to Goodreads for readers to find out more about each individual book. For more contemporary reads, check out my recommendations of YA contemporary books from UK and Irish publishers.

Girl Made Of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake (HMH Books) 

Code Name: Butterfly by Ahlam Bsharat (Neem Tree) 

It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne (HMH Books) 

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver (Scholastic)

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (Algonquin) 

Get It Together, Delilah by Erin Gough (Chronicle) 


The Rule Of Thirds by Chantel Guertin (ECW Press)  

The Language Of Cherries by Jen Marie Hawkins (Owl Hollow Press)

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson (Scholastic)

Ask Me Anything by Molly Lee (Entangled Teen) 
Like Spilled Water by Jennie Liu (Carolrhoda Lab)
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez (Algonquin)

Spy Stuff by Matthew J Metzger (Queerteen Press)

Home and Away by Candice Montgomery (Page Street Kids)

This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin (Sourcebooks Fire) 

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (Cinco Puntos Press)

Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha (Scholastic)

Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen (ECW Press) 


Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin (Diversion) 

Jacked Up by Erica Sage (Sky Pony)

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore (Bloomsbury)

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)

Dear Twin by Addie Brook Tsai (Metonymy Press) 

The Summer Of Everything by Julian Winters (Duet)

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