Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday, #3

Week 3: January 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine so we can highlight titles that we are looking forward to being published.

I love contemporary/realistic fiction. I have always been drawn to it, even as a  little girl. I love it so much so that I created a whole entire independent course on it during my master's program. :-) So this week I am returning to my roots to highlight some of the contemporary fiction I am looking forward to reading this year. This titles will be used for my YA contemporary fiction challenge this year too. 

This is What Happy Looks Like
by Jennifer E. Smith
Due out April 2, 2013

From Goodreads:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. 

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs? 

Our Song
by Jordanna Frailberg
Due out May 2, 2013

From Goodreads:

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place. Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession. Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

The Moon and More
by Sarah Dressen
Due out June 4, 2013

From Goodreads:

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer

Anyone else like contemporary fiction too? What titles are you looking forward to being published? 


  1. I don't read much contemporary books - but I love seeing suggestions, so I have a good amount of choice when I do dive in :-)

    Tanya Patrice

    1. I love trolling around to find recommendations--not matter the genre. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :) Happy Reading!

  2. Great picks! Definitely sound interesting. I just started to delve into contemporary, and i'm so happy I did.
    -Beth @ YA Vixens
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    1. There are some amazing titles out there, something for everyone. :) Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

  3. I am so excited for The Moon and More (I love anything Sarah Dessen writes!) and This is What Happy Looks Like (awesome concept!). I enjoy contemporary/realistic fiction, but don't always get to read it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I forget sometimes to look towards it too but when I need a break, I turn to contemporary/realistic fiction. :) Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

  4. You and I have the same taste in fiction, my dear. I want all three of these!

    1. :) It is nice finding someone who likes similar books--it is often how I discover new gems to me. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

  5. I'm definitely trying to read more Contemporaries this year, so I may have to check some of these out! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. There are some real gems out there in Contemporaries! Good luck and if you need suggestions, keep me in mind. :) Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!


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