The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun Is Also a Star is one of my all-time favorite books and my favorite contemporary book I’ve ever read. It is about Natasha, who is trying to keep her family from getting deported, and Daniel, who is trying to escape the pressures of his Korean parents, and the day they meet. The romance is adorable and it deals with real-world problems, such as deportation. My favorite thing about this book is the way it was written. It is written in a way that shows how fate impacts Natasha and Daniel.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Every Last Word is about the popular girl Samantha McAllister who has OCD, but none of her friends know. She becomes friends with a girl who shows her a secret poet society in her school and Sam finally feels like she belongs. This book has a special place in my heart as it was the first book I ever fell in love with. There is an amazing plot twist, great romance, and gives representation to mental illnesses.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This Is Where It Ends takes place in the perspectives of 4 students over 54 minutes while they are experiencing a school shooting. They all have connections to the shooter and it goes deep into their minds. I loved how this book didn’t gloss over the hard stuff and talks about a very relevant topic. After reading this, I forced my mom and friends into because it impacted me so much.
The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford
The Harper Effect is about Harper, a tennis player, who gets dropped from her coach because she is “mentally weak” and she gets taken on by a new coach who pairs her with a rising tennis player, Colt. This book is a romance heavy book and deserves much more love. It is cliche at times, but has an adorable romance with characters who are flawed which makes them feel even more real.
Let me know in the comments if you have read any of them and enjoyed them or have any books you would add to this list!