Just Contemporary: Guest Post with Sarah from Storybound Girl!

All month long, Ashley from Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing and Shanyn from Chicks Love Lit are hosting an epic event entitled Just Contemporary.

 There are all kinds of goodies, from giveaways to reviews to guest posts and author interviews. Ashley is also doing a round-up of Contemporary reviews and features on other blogs each week, so get in touch with her if you post anything!

  A Backwards Story has signed up to swap a guest post with another blogger on the web each week for the next five weeks. Here is the final of five guest posts. You can still see posts from the first, second, third and fourth weeks with my guests, as well as my posts on their blogs, Kat Reads, Candace's Book Blog, Danya's A Tapestry of Words and Ginger's G Reads.
Today's guest post features Sarah from Storybound Girl.  She can also be found on Twitter.

 Now, it's time to introduce her and see why she loves contemporary!

If you want to see my thoughts on the subject, just shoot over to Storybound Girl!

What I'd Like to See in Contemporary Fiction by Sarah at Storybound Girl

I am a longtime fan of contemporary YA. It’s my absolute favorite… always has been, always will be. The instant I read the prompt for this week of Just Contemporary, all I could think was: nothing specific, just MORE. I want publishers to put more contemps on the shelves!
Beyond that, I must admit, I’m a sucker for a clever, quirky title. While I’ll still pick up a book called THIS SUMMER or ENDLESS CRUSH (note: not intended to be real book titles) if I’m intrigued by the back cover copy, I’m much more likely to instantly go for books like THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, or THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX. All three are great books and totally live up to their name. (I’ve got a review for VERA DIETZ up on my blog right here, if you’re curious. They are all MUST READS.)

Other than a quirky title, I like intriguing concepts with the story that I may be unfamiliar with, like: Elizabeth Scott’s STEALING HEAVEN, about a girl who works as a reluctant thief alongside her mother, Sarah Dessen’s WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE where we see a dad who rehabs failing restaurants (inspired by Kitchen Nightmares), Jennifer Hubbard’s THE SECRET YEAR, about a boy dealing with the sudden death of the girl he was having a secret relationship with, and Stephanie Perkins’ LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, which features a girl with two dads, a penchant for elaborate costuming, and a quirky, inventor boy next door.

And that’s it! That’s not too much to ask, is it? More books! Quirky titles! Oddball situations! (I’d also appreciate plenty of crushing, kissing, and happily ever afters.)What about you?

Several other blogs took part in this week's post theme as well; a full list will be available on Ashley's blog! 

Also, don't forget to check out MY guest post over at Storybound Girl! It features the top ten contemporary novels coming out that I'm already dying to read!


  1. Me too! More than anything else, I just want to see more!! And YES! Frankie and Vera have AWESOME book titles and insides that are even better!! :)

    Great post! I completely agree! :)


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