Hi everyone! In light of Valentine’s Day (I can’t believe it’s only four days now!), I wanted to share with you some of my favourite contemporaries, for the perfect read this Valentine’s. What are you waiting for?! Let’s dive right in!
1. Opposite Of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Thoughts: The concept for this book is so original! I really enjoyed all of the different timelines (with Jack trying to save Kate) and the relevant theme of second chances. Opposite Of Always will definitely leave you thinking about all the different paths our actions can lead to, and I really loved that about it. Of course, Jack and Kate’s bond was also absolutely brilliant!
2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Thoughts: I love this trilogy so much – when I read it a few years ago it kickstarted my love for contemporaries! There were so many relatable themes in here, and I definitely think it’s time for a reread now that I’m going to be off to university soon. Lara and Peter’s relationship was honestly the cutest and the progression of it was really interesting to read. I’d definitely recommend picking this series up!
3. Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Thoughts: This was such a cool read! I loved this modern Grease retelling, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Despite some obstacles and miscommunications, Ollie and Will made a really lovely couple, and I was rooting for them throughout. I also loved how important family and friendship were in this book, as it just made the book that much more enjoyable!
4. Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Thoughts: This was honestly up there with my favourite contemporaries last year! I loved Darcy’s advice column, which I thought was a lovely addition, and I also really loved Darcy and Brougham’s relationship. There were so many cute moments, but their time at Disney and of course the ending definitely stood out to me. The chemistry these two characters had was great and I was rooting for them throughout!
5. Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
Thoughts: This was another great read which used advice giving as a central theme, and I loved it! Aideen was such a hilarious yet relatable character and I really loved that about her. Her relationship with Maebh was also absolutely amazing – they shared some really cute moments and the banter between them was absolutely top notch. This is another one that I’d strongly recommend!
6. When We Collided by Emery Lord
Thoughts: In all honesty, I could’ve put any of Emery Lord’s books on here – and I’d definitely recommend checking them all out! What made When We Collided stand out to me, though, was the inclusion of mental health as one of the central themes. Sure, Vivi and Jonah are incredibly cute together, but what really stayed with me was the exploration of bipolar disorder. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for something a little heavier this Valentine’s Day!
7. Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Thoughts: If you’ve ever fantasized about dancing in the sunset, then this is the book for you! I absolutely loved Evie and X’s dancing lessons and the chemistry between them, and what I loved even more was all of the great themes it covered in addition to this. The magical realism was also incredible too, and I loved Evie’s gift! I honestly think this book changed my perspective on love, and for that it definitely holds a special place in my heart.
8. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
Thoughts: This actually reminded me of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I loved that about it! Quinn’s lists were great and I loved how supportive Carter was of her both when facing her fears and in general. Although the romance was not the focus of this, it was still super sweet, and I loved how realistic it was in that they started out as friends. I’d definitely recommend this one!
9. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Thoughts: This is such a brilliant read! Although it only takes place over the short span of 24 hours, it’s completely action packed, and there are plenty of cute moments between the characters. I loved how different Daniel and Natasha both were as well as the interesting theme of how much of an impact just one day can make. This will definitely leave you pondering the impact seemingly meaningless interacts can have on your life!
Have you read any of these? What are your plan’s for Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this post!