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Books by Theme: One-Shot Wonders (Contemporary Young Adult)





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Everything comes in series these days, or at least in pairs.  Trilogies abound, but they don't stop there.  Authors are stretching for six, seven, even more.  That's great...sometimes.  When you're in a world like Harry Potter or the Shadowhunters, you crave more.  You ache for that next installment.  

But sometimes, you feel overwhelmed by all those series you just heard about that are now on book 3.  You mean, I have to blaze through two books before I can read this nifty thing everyone is shouting about?  You mean, the story isn't done?  

That's where the one-shot comes in.  It's a complete package all in one book.  It makes you think, makes you cry, and invites multiple re-readings.  And, to be honest, many of my favorite books are one-shots!  Here are a few special ones in the contemporary genre...using a loose contemporary.   I'll try to feature some that I haven't before, especially.  


One-Shot Wonders: 

Contemporary Edition




The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
 I cannot express enough my love for this book.  Green captures the awkward sweetness of a first romance and interweaves it perfectly with the pain of death, decay, and oblivion. It's a story of Hazel, a girl who happens to have cancer, and Augustus Waters, a boy who also happens to have cancer, and how the two of them come together over the unfinished story of a reclusive writer.  The writing is beautiful, the characters are quirky and full, and it will stick in your head a long time after it's closed.
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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
So this is a stretch on contemporary, but the style is very much contemporary and the story is, dare I say, timeless.  Pony Boy is your average cherry-cheeked high schooler in a gang who gets into brawls with a gang of rich kids...oh, and someone dies.  Greasers and socs or punks and jocks, it's something you've heard before. Hinton tells the tale with authenticity and a plot that keeps you hanging on the edge.  Also, it's a classic. So read it. 



Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda can't speak.  Something so horrible has happened to her that she can't even find the voice to express it.  The worst part: no one knows, and everyone thinks she did something wrong.  School when your friends and strangers alike hate you is bad enough.  But then there are the memories, and getting through the day.  Written in witty, darkly humorous fragments, the story follows Melinda as she deals with her secret and moving on.
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Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Again, contemporary...ish.  But impossible to avoid if you have any literary sense at all.  Clay comes home from college and struggles to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Blair and best friend Julian.  Only Clay's L.A. is a haze of cocaine, prostitution, and fancy parties that take a little bit of everyone who comes.  When you're rich and morally unconcerned, it's not long before you find yourself in the dark.  Minimalist writing with absolutely cutting passages and a plot just as dreamy as all the drugs you'll read about.  For older and mature YAs, of course.



Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
You thought your prom was bad?  Amy gets arrested at hers, for being in possession of marijuana.  Suddenly, her fun prom night with a mystery hottie is weeks of community service, disappointed parents, and manipulative ex-friends.  But there's this guy who seems to make everything better.  Right?  A tale of growth and self-discovery through the tough times, and finding the love that's good for you, not the love you think you need.
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What are some contemporary YA one-shots that you love?  Anything a little obscure? 



6 comments:

  1. I also agree with The Fault in our Stars and Pretty Amy. I've just recently read Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter, and I would recommend it! Its about a girl trying to deal with her teenage pregnancy. Its an amazing read!

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    1. Oh, I'm glad it's good! I just got it from Netgalley and I wasn't sure if it would turn out or not. I'll have to bump it up my list.

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  2. My favorite genre! :D Some of my favorites are My Life Next Door, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Flat-Out Love, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Graffiti Moon, Stolen, Meant to Be, 52 Reasons to Hate my Father, Some Girls Are, and Pregnant Pause.

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    1. Wow, I've only heard of Graffiti Moon in this list! I'm so excited, I love finding out new books. Can't wait to check them all out. (: Thanks for the recs!

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  3. I adore The Fault in Our Stars and I've been meaning to read Speak and The Outsiders for a long time now. Some of my favourite contemporary one shots are The Sky is Everywhere, Eleanor & Park, Wanderlove and The Art of Fielding.

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    1. Oh, read them! They're both so excellent! And hurrah, more recs I haven't come across before! I need to do posts like this more often. :P Thanks!

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