Today for my #FiveOnFriday post, I’m talking about 5 contemporaries I loved! I actually usually try to avoid contemporaries. I’d actually much rather have my nose buried in a fantasy or scifi novel. So without further ado…
First up is All the Rage by Courtney Summers. TW for sexual violence.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. It sounded good in theory, but I was nervous I was going to be disappointed by the execution. This was not the case. This book made me FEEL so many feels. I could totally relate to the MC, Romy. She accuses the sheriff’s son of sexually assaulting her and becomes an outcast at school and in her own town. All her friends and the community shun her, not believing her. When another girl goes missing after a party, the town is unsure what to believe.
This book was so well written. I did enjoy Sadie by Courtney Summers (except for the ending :(), so I shouldn’t have been surprised that I enjoyed this book.
Next, I loved Odd One Out by Nic Stone. This book is about three friends exploring their own relationships and sexuality. The book starts by introducing Coop, a straight male, and his best friend Jupiter, his lesbian best friend. We eventually meet Rae and between the three of them, their relationships grow and evolve. Jupiter and Rae start questioning their sexualities and both explore different paths.
I think this book is a must read for teens. There is so much hatred and bigotry in the world, I think teens these days need to see representation of themselves and their friends. I feel like as a straight female I still questioned a lot of things that occurred in my life. Being a teenager and just life in general is difficult without forcing people to choose labels or sexual preferences, if they’re not ready. I feel, in this world today, it is so difficult to find genuine love and friendship without forcing people into boxes and categories.
Third, I really enjoyed Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. This is the essential feminist read. The MC, Vivian, is frustrated with her small-minded town and school that never hold the males responsible for their actions. Viv starts a zine that focuses on feminism and taking down the patriarchy. She ends up uniting the female population of her school who start demanding changes to the school and how males and females are treated differently. I loved this book because I’m a feminist and a strong believer that women should have equal opportunity and be treated the same as their male colleagues.
Another contemporary I really enjoyed was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this book because I thought it was going to be a mushy gushy kiss kiss teen romance. Boy, was I wrong. We follow Dimple, who wants to focus on her career before getting married. For her traditional parents, the “Ideal Indian husband” should be her main priority. To her surprise, they agree to allow her to end a summer program for aspiring web developers. Little does she know, her parents conspired with Rishi’s parents to get the two to meet at this summer program. Rishi is under the impression Dimple knows what is happening and is shocked to find out Dimple has no idea who he is or why he keeps trying to engage her in conversation. The story continues with Dimple and Rishi being partners for the web developer program and we watch as their relationship grows. I love the concept that Dimple can be serious about her career and still develop a relationship with Rishi. The romance was subtle without being the main focus of the story.
Lastly, I loved The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. If you haven’t picked up this book, yet, you need to. I feel as if police brutality is still somewhat of a taboo subject. A lot of society is still in denial that POC are discriminated against just for walking down the street. This book is written from the perspective of Starr who witnesses a fatal police shooting of her best friend at the hands of a police officer. I think this book finally forces people to open their eyes and understand what is happening in the world around them. Police brutality in the country is a problem. I am a strong supporter of THE IDEA of law enforcement. I think a lot of us can’t imagine what some police officers go through on a daily basis. Even more so, so many of us white people can’t even imagine what POC go through just trying to live their lives. This is a very powerful read and hopefully it is one of the first steps of bringing awareness and change to a very serious problem in American society.\
Thank you so much for reading my Five On Friday post! What are some of your favorite contemporaries? What are some of your recent reads that have had a strong influence on your emotions?