I used to say that YA fantasy was my favorite genre but I recently realized that I now love YA contemporary’s just as much as YA fantasy I used to read primary fantasy and even now that I read a wider rang of genres its still half of what I read, when I first started reading fantasy books are what was primary available to me. Fantasy and dysopian were the two most popular genres when I got into reading and didn’t know what books existed outside off what my sister was reading and what was becoming a movie. Even when I started to learn about all the books out there and knew off a lot of contemporary books I still didn’t read them mostly because I thought they were all supper sappy or sad or at least all the ones I knew of seemed to be one of those things. The first contemporary that I read was Fangirl I loved it and it’s still one of my favorite books even though I loved Fangirl it was a while before I actively read books in the genre.
When I finally did start reading more contemporary I mostly stuck to the fluffy books but I did read some books on the other side of the genre and I learned how hopeful, beautiful and most importantly necessary stories that deal with serious topics can be. There are contemporary that are are very sad and sometimes even hard to read but there often necessary, still I do tend to ovoid them and am drawn towards lighter more hopeful books. Now I’ve found books that have a balance between addressing important topics and cute romance, friendship and shenanigans. This year I’ve been reading and loving so many contemporary specifically ones that have that balance between light and dark. A lot of them have been about grief, mental illness and other heavy topics but they still manage to be hopeful, adorable and even funny.