Welcome to Cass from Down Under! More specifically, from Words on Paper, her fantastic blog chronicling her take on YA near and far. Cass is here for the What YA Bloggers Want series to tell us what she's dying to see on her shelf.
I've had the pleasure of meeting Cass through my blog--I don't know how she found me, but I've been glad ever since! So please give a warm welcome to Cass...hopefully she'll pull up a chair and stay a while.
I love contemporary YA novels. As opposed to other teens my age that prefer to stick their nose in a good fantasy or paranormal, contemporary is my first pick. Characters who could be the girl next door; issues that are realistic and actually happen to people . . . there’s just something so intriguing and alluring about the whole genre. Some of my favourites include: TELL ME A SECRET, BEFORE I FALL, IF I STAY, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE.
I'd love to see more family interaction, I mean, lately I've been reading books where parents are either absent, passed on, or just not important enough to have some "screen time" within the story. For example, in TMAS, a familial situation was an integral part of the storyline, which I quite liked. It’s refreshing, and a good change from the typical romantic love which is almost always thrown into any YA novel.
Thank you, Cass, for visiting my blog and for the TMAS shout-out! (She wrote a very kind review here.)
Readers, what do you love about contemporary realism? Any favorites? What kinds of realistic issues haven't been explored enough? Comment for a chance at this week's book prize!