This week's topic is: Top Ten Books For People Who Like X Author
And my pick is: Stephanie Perkins!
Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) is the only book I've read by her so far, but it totally fits in with the real-relationship-real-teens vibe that Perkins has. Plus, it's downright hilarious.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is the only one of Smith's books I've read so far, but I definitely plan on changing that soon. The relationship between Oliver and Hadley was just so fun and awesome. Plus, it wasn't just a love story. Like Perkins, Smith works in plenty of extra relationships and learning opportunities that give a story depth.
Maybe it's not contemporary, but they can't all be, right? The Hex Hall series (Hawkin's most recent works) is pretty much paranormal to the max, but Hawkins knows how to write relationships that suck you in with a hilarious main character to boot.
Again with the realistic problems and relationships. I've read both Small Town Sinners and Unbreak My Heart by Miss Walker and both MCs were incredibly real dealing with some pretty heavy issues. I often found myself thinking "I remember feeling exactly like that!"
Not really contemporary again, but Young still writes the story in a believable way. Plus, the love story end of it is pretty heartbreaking, but in a good way ;]
I just recently read Sloppy Firsts and I can already tell the entire Jessica Darling series will be fantastic. Jessica is fun, funny, and her relationships are so real. Whether they be a romantic relationship or just a parental one. McCafferty's style flows over into her YA book Bumped (still need to read Thumped) too. So whether it's contemporary or dystopian, I have a feeling Perkins lovers will enjoy McCafferty's books.
Nope, not contemporary, but she's pretty darn hilarious -- and so are her books. I'm not going to say her stories are realistic or anything since they're pretty paranormal, but still. Even if you for some reason refuse to read her books at least follow the lady on Twitter.
I've only read one of Levithan's singular works and I haven't read any of Cohn's but I've read a lot of their together stuff (maybe all?) including Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Every single one is fun, real, and fantastic. I suggest Dash & Lily's as a first read for Perkins lovers.
9. John Green
So, no throwing virtual fruit, but I've only read Looking for Alaska so far. I can already tell that I'll enjoy all of his books and that any Perkins lover can definitely appreciate him, though. There always seems to be something deeper than the surface story going on. Plus, at least in the case of LfA, there are funny bits, but also some more serious aspects too.