Top 5 YA Books of 2016

When you read Harry Potter for the first time, it`s hard to do an annual roundup of your favourite books. I couldn`t do a top where six books were from J.K.Rowling (wasn`t a fan of "The Order Of The Phoenix) So instead I`ve decided to talk about my favourite YA contemporaries, that I read in 2016. Some of these books are extremely popular, but I`ve decided to give them a proper chance this year. Before I was a bit of a snob, but you know what? I`ve discovered that I love YA books. I know I am older than the targeted audience, but many of these books reminded me of similar situations I had in the past. It`s weird how relatable some stories were and looking back I wish I would have read them sooner. Nevertheless, I enjoyed them a lot even at my age.

1. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
John Green is an author that you either love or hate. Personally, I am a big fan of his work, but none of his other books made me feel as many feelings as this one. I don`t think that you need a synopsis, it`s a tragic love story between two teenagers with cancer. The ending is sad and it will leave you sobbing for hours. "The Fault in Our Stars" is a beautiful book that will make you question the true meaning of life. We all want to live meaningful lives, but sometimes what matters most is the mark we leave on others.

I know that some people think that this book is overrated and that the characters are unrealistic. But reading is something personal. If you can relate to the characters, no matter how many cliche traits they have, you also connect with the story and you enjoy it more. What I`m trying to say is that this book reminded me of high-school and my friends. It reminded me of being young and wanting to save the world. And I loved it for that. 

You can find my full review here.

2. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
The book that made me feel infinite. Being a huge Emma Watson fan, I saw the movie when it came out and I knew what to expect. While the story deals with typical teen problems, it also touches some heavy subjects like mental illness and sexual abuse. In a way, it is sadder than "The Fault in Our Stars" because the story seems more realistic. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

There`s a lot of confusion surrounding Charlie, the main character. Many people wonder whether he has autism or not, but I did not care about that. I enjoyed the story and the way the plot started to unfold. Regardless of the extent, Charlie is a person that suffers from mental illness and seeing him cope was heartbreaking. 

3. "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
"Eleanor and Park" is a book that will remind you of how wonderful a first love can be. The characters are so well written and it`s so easy to connect with them. On one side you have the good-natured Parker and on the other, you have the fierce and quirky Eleanor. And somehow they fit together perfectly. I don`t want to give away many details, so it`s best if you read my full review.

4. "Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe" by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Benjamin Alire Saenz is an author that I`ve discovered recently, but I instantly fell in love with his prose. His writing is simple but poetic. This is a beautiful coming of age story that deals with sexuality and coming to terms with who you are. This is one of those books that will make you smile all the time and you`ll be tempted to reread it as soon as you put it down. For a better synopsis, check out my review.

5. "Amy and Roger`s Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson
This is a very original book in the way that it`s constructed. Inside you will find playlists, photos, receipts and all sorts of odd things. It may look like your fluffy contemporary, but the story has a bit of substance, which I love. Since her father died in a car accident, Amy hasn`t been able to drive. Enter Roger, the cute family friend who has to take her to the other side of America. Like the name would suggest, they decide to take a detour which will lead them to all kinds of adventures.

In 2016 I have read quite a fair share of YA contemporary books, but these were the ones that stood out the most. Let me know if you`ve read any of them and what did you think of my list.

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