Contemporary is by far my favorite genre. I can never seem to get enough and I usually end up liking them all! There were some really fabulous contemps in 2011, certainly more than a couple new favorites. I love how the genre can be light and fun, real and serious, or a combination of all of it. For obvious reasons, I always relate more to the characters in contemps so they tend to stick with me longer :0)
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (My Review): I absolutely cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. I flew through it and wanted to restart it right away. The storyline and characters were so real, which doesn't always come across so perfectly. I even enjoyed the football aspect of the book, even though I'm not a football fan. I am eagerly anticipating the next book by Ms. Kenneally :0)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (My Review): This not only goes on my favorite books of 2011, but it also goes on my favorite books of all time. I LOVED this book so completely. Having it from Adam's POV was fantastic, because we really get to know him this time around. He's my absolute favorite book boyfriend, by the way. Gayle Forman is a powerful storyteller and I will gladly be re-reading this one for years :0)
Amplified by Tara Kelly (My Review): So it's possible I have a thing for musicians, even if they are imaginary. What I loved most about this book was that the end is sort of left up to us. Not that it stops abruptly or doesn't finish, but everything isn't in a nice bow at the end, but it is very hopeful. Also, as soon as I finished this one I wanted to take guitar lessons right away, because I now dream of being in a band :0)
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han: I was chomping at the bit for the final book of this trilogy. The day it came in the mail I sat down and read it all the way through in just a couple of hours. If it wasn't so unhealthy, I probably would have literally devoured it. It was such a fantastic end to this series, even if we didn't get as much time with certain characters. Rumor has it, that there will be some of Conrad's letters to belly in the paperback!
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (My Review): I couldn't leave Lola off the list. Even though I still love Anna more, Lola definitely found a place in my heart. Stephanie Perkins really knows how to write a fantastic contemporary love story. Her characters are always fun and vibrant, people you want to spend time with over and over.
Saving June by Hannah Harrington (My Review): This book had it all. Tragedy, snarky banter, a dramatic best friend, a road trip, unexpected love and the promise of a happy future. All it was missing was a sword fight :0p When I first started reading this one, I didn't expect to feel so many things while on this trip with Harper and her friends. I also really love how music was tied into the story. Definitely a must read!
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez (My Review): I have to admit, I'm not totally in love with the cover on this one. I almost didn't pick it up, because it didn't really draw my attention. Fortunately, after reading raves from other bloggers I went for it. What and fantastic book. Yes, it has a sweet budding romance, but it also has so many other things going on with our characters and their families. This one has great characters. I didn't really know anything about this part of the music industry, but I really enjoyed reading about it.