Recently, Publisher’s Weekly shared an article that addresses new trend’s in YA, stating that certain trends—paranormal love triangles and apocalyptic aftermaths, to name a few—have become played out. “What everyone wants to be working on right now is contemporary realistic,” says agent Michael Bourret.
So what does contemporary realistic fiction entail? The article lists several attributes, including an authentic, quirky, individual; an engrossing romance; an intense, emotional pull; and a high-concept, complete story. Though not all of these elements exist in the same book, I have listed my favourite contemporary realist novels below, all of which encompass the “contemporary realistic” novel perfectly.
How To Love by Katie Cotugno
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
If you’re like me, a big fan of contemporary realism, this is great news! But of course, variety in a market is extremely important and Publisher’s Weekly reminds readers that “everyone has to rely on their own personal taste and instincts as opposed to following whatever’s hot.” The one things all agents agree on is this: regardless of the genre, teen books have gotten stronger. The market has become more sophisticated, and YA has matured into a vital category.
Let’s talk about your favourite types of YA! Share your thoughts on twitter @SavvyReader using the hashtag #YAWednesday.