Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: The best contemporaries set in school

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

August 28: Back to School/Learning Freebie

For this week’s theme, I decided to share some of the best contemporary books I’ve read in the last few years that are set (at least partially) in high school, and represent the hardships and triumphs of being a teen in education.

I read contemporary less frequently than I read fantasy, but for me these books were some of the best in class (I’m so sorry) for representing the nuanced experiences of teens. Some of these books are about teens of colour, teens from different cultures, and LGBTQIAP+ teens, but all of them are well written, emotionally rich pieces of fiction.

What are your favourite high school contemporaries? Have you read any of the ones on this list?

Until next time

20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The best contemporaries set in school

    1. Omg Cora please read THUG, it’s such a poignant book and it honestly changed the way I think about the police and social movements. And yesss Moxie is so empowering – I wish we’d had some sort of feminist social revolution in my high school! 🙂

  1. I’ve only read Simon Vs and Perks on this list, I know I need to read THUG but I haven’t got round to it yet! I hate to admit it but I personally think Perks was over-rated? It’s always seemed to be a popular book and whilst it’s good I didn’t find it anything to rave about.

    1. THUG is really good, it honestly opened my mind to a lot of BLM issues that I should have given more consideration too. Yeah, I get that about Perks, I really enjoyed it when I read it, but I wonder if I’d enjoy it the same amount if I read it now. 😛

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