Lucy Recommends… [1] Contemporary Fiction


Hello everyone! I’m here to start a new feature today called Lucy Recommends. The aim of this feature is to recommend lots of great books to you without writing a whole review. I’ll be showcasing genres, authors and series, and hopefully you’ll pick up lots of books you haven’t heard of before.

Today, as my blog is called Queen of Contemporary, I thought I would recommend a few contemporary titles. I’m thinking I should probably start reviewing and discussing contemporary more on the blog.

The first book I’d like to recommend is Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider. Narrated by Ezra, I think it’s refreshing to read a contemporary book with a male protagonist. Schneider’s style is very similar to John Green, so if you’re a fan, you’ll love this. It tells the story of Ezra who has recently been injured in a car accident that has left his knee damaged. The book explores the feelings Ezra has towards his accident as he can no longer play tennis, his one passion before. I loved it!

Then we have The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. This is a more mature contemporary YA, but I loved it, nevertheless. One of the things I love about contemporary is how I can jump into it without thinking: I don’t have to get used to the rules of magic, or learn the ropes of a dystopian government. I can simply sit back and relax, and The DUFF was one of those books. I managed to finish it in a day and I know I’ll be re-reading it in the future.

Sarah Dessen is the true queen of contemporary, and The Moon and More was SO good. It’s a good book to read in the hot, summer months. Sarah Dessen’s books are set in fictional towns and I’m always amazed at how realistically created they are. Every detail seems to be perfect and I loved that about the book.

Next we have Just One Day by Gayle Forman which is a wonderful travel book. We get to see parts of England, France, the Netherlands and America. I’d love to live in France one day so I loved reading those parts in particular.

And finally, we have Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I’ve spoken so much about this book so I don’t think I really need to tell you how much I love it. If you’re  a lover of books or writing, you will completely fall for this one.


What are your favourite contemporary books?

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    Chrissi Reads

    5 February, 2014

    I really like this feature, Lucy! I want to read The Duff, so I’m glad to see you recommend it!
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    5 February, 2014

    Cool idea!! I love getting new recs… especially for contemporary! I haven’t heard of Severed Heads, Broken Hearts before, but I like that title. And the story sounds good too. I was not a big fan of The DUFF. I thought the writing was good, but I didn’t like the m/c and thought the story was very unbelievable.

    My fav contemporaries are My Life Next Door, any of Courtney Summers books, Speak, and any Sarah Dessen (although I really need to read The Moon and More!!!!).
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    5 February, 2014

    Ooh, love this feature! I haven’t read any of these yet, but they all sound great. Some of my favourite contemporaries are: Friday by Brown by Vikki Wakefield, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, and Infinite Sky by CJ Flood.

    Can’t wait to see more Lucy Recommends… 😉
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    Jesse Owen

    5 February, 2014

    What a great idea for a feature – I’m dying to start Fangirl (I finally have a copy!) and The Duff sounds brilliant! 🙂
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    Rebekah@The Reflections of a Bookworm

    5 February, 2014

    I absolutely LOVED The Duff and Fangirl! In fact, I’ve read The Duff about four times since I bought it last year, it’s amazing 😀 Great post, Lucy! I’ll need to check out Gayle Forman 🙂
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    5 February, 2014

    Ooh, some great recs! Totally agree with Fangirl, and I would add Geek Girl and How To Love by Katie Cutungo 🙂

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    Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain

    5 February, 2014

    Ooh I love this new feature, Lucy! I feel like I was the black sheep for most of these books, especially with Severed Heads, Broken Hearts (which I think was renamed The Beginning of Everything in America) and Fangirl D: *sigh* But I do like John Green and I want to try and reread The Fault in Our Stars soon. Nice choices, Lucy! <33
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    5 February, 2014

    I’ve read 2 of these books – which I think is pretty good considering I don’t read much contemporary!

    Just One Day is SO GOOD argh. I loved it so much – still need to read Just One Year… and The Moon and More wasn’t really “my thing” (like I said, I don’t read much contemporary) but I can see hoe it could be enjoyed. 🙂 Fangirl on the other hand, looks right up my street! Can’t way to get it. 🙂

    Brilliant post Lucy – this feature’s great!
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    7 February, 2014

    Awesome feature. I love recommends. Although I haven’t read ‘Severed Heads, Broken Hearts’ and ‘Fangirl’ I have heard plenty about it. Will possibly move them up on my TBR list. I absolutely love Kody Keplinger and Sarah Dessen books. ‘The Duff’ was good but I prefer ‘Shut Out’ over this book as a re-read. And I really need to get my hands on ‘The Moon and More’. I postponed buying it when I saw some negative reviews but I think I still will read it since its from one of my favorite authors !!
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    Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea

    7 February, 2014

    I love this new feature! I haven’t read any of these, but I do already own all of them. (Surprise, surprise. My TBR pile is huge hahaha.) I’ve only read one Sarah Dessen book and I loved it, so I cannot wait to start The Moon and More.
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    Zoe @ Bookhi

    10 February, 2014

    Brilliant new feature! I was actually thinking of doing something similar, looks like you beat me to it, hehe 😉 We have very similar reading tastes so I’m up to reading anything you recommend.

    FANGIRL!!! Ahh, where do I even begin? 😀 You know how I feel about this one.. p-e-r-f-e-c-t. Sigh. Cath and Levi are adorable. I loved The Moon and More too and I need to read The DUFF, Just One Day and Robyn’s work. Thanks for sharing, Lucy!
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    Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

    12 February, 2014

    Oooh, this is a cool new feature Lucy!
    I’ve heard about The DUFF and I think it’s my kind of Contemporary, so I’ll check it out. I loved Just One Day! The travel was so refreshing to read, because I don’t really read travel books. Currently reading Fangirl among other review books and I’m enjoying it so far! I see what everyone is raving about!
    Heard so much about The Moon and More, but haven’t managed to get a proper look at it. I think I’ll read it more in the Summer like you said!
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    13 February, 2014

    Fab reccs Lucy! Adding to my TBR, I’m really intrigued by Severed Heads and The Duff. Gonna give them a try first 🙂
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    Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa

    13 February, 2014

    Great list! I’ve actually only read Fangirl out of these, which is terrible! Really really need to read The DUFF soon.

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