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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated Contemporary YA Books

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is: Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X Genre

I only really read contemporary YA - I don't know if these are even underrated. They're just books I've given four or five stars that I don't see mentioned very often but obviously I don't follow every blog, so maybe someone, somewhere has hyped these too!

Take Me There by Carolee Dee - I remember being blown away by this. I finished it in a few days whilst sightseeing in NYC - so you know it had to have been good! The characters, the setting, and the story are just so authentic. 

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin - I used to re-read this constantly. I just loved Naomi. If you like Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, give this one a try.  

The Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - Such a great series. D.J is one of the sweetest characters I've read and I love her family and everything she has to go through. Brilliant. It also made a change to have a main character who wasn't the quirky, uncool but really cool girl that seems to be everywhere these days. I like sports books so if you have any favourite's, let me know!

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt - A great example of dual narrative done well and an excellent road-trip story. I used to re-read this all the time too. 

Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne - A really interesting, gritty, proper London YA novel. I was completely taken with it. 

All American Girl Series by Meg Cabot - I loved these books when I was a teen. Sam is such a great character - thinking about it now, it's kind of like Jessica Darling with a Presidential twist. 

You Against Me by Jenny Downham - Gritty and realistic. I'd recommend this to anyone who would like a more serious, crossover YA novel.

The Market by J.M Steele - Everyone likes a makeover, Easy-A type story but this one had a little something extra that stuck with me.

Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin - This book really surprised me and wasn't what I expected at all. Brilliantly written friendships and an enviable setting meant it stuck with me long after I read it. 

In Honor by Jessi Kirby - I've actually seen this one on lists before but I thought Honor's story was heartbreaking and earnest. That's always a plus.  


  1. I LOVED the All American Girl series when I was a younger teen! I unfortunately don't have them any more but I wish I did!

    My TTT:

    1. Oh I still have all my Meg Cabot books next to Harry Potter and Gossip Girl and some Sarra Manning (wish I'd remembered to include her books here) - can't bear to get rid of them!

  2. Dairy Queen has been on lots of lists today! I did enjoy it, but never continued the series. Thanks for sharing! ~Megan

    1. It's a great series! I enjoy sports themed YA. Thanks for commenting!


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