Welcome back to the ninth month of Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly blog event co-hosted by Flavia and myself, and designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers. Calendar Girls was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl, (because I’m an oldies fanatic. 😛) For more information, click here!
Best Contemporary Novel
I was really worried about this theme because I don’t read contemporary. Like… at all. 0.0 I just am too interested in world-building to really be dragged into contemporary novels (and they tend to be a bit mushy for me.) That being said, I was actually quite surprised that I had a couple different books to choose from. Still, the instant I remembered this one book I’d read earlier this year, everything else VANISHED from my mind. THAT’S how amazing my pick is. So without further ado… *drum roll*
by Merrie Destefano
Just like last month’s pick, this book is DARK! Now, it’s not nearly as graphic as my historical fiction novel and is still intended for YA readers. However, it is not a light-hearted contemporary novel. It is gritty. It is dangerous. And it deals with some pretty big real-world topics. Please be advised.
That being said, I LOVE this book. I actually won this book and was the first time I ever read anything by Merrie Destefano (who is an amazing woman, by the way. She and I chat a lot now. 😎) But I love this book for more than just the darkness. Haha! I mean, come on, guys. I’m not all about the darkness. 😉
What I also really love about LOST GIRLS is… hmm… how do I put this? The uniqueness of it. The story line was unpredictable. The release of information was very well executed, which is a necessity for this plot. And this story really made me want to be in it despite just how dark and awful the events are. (I know, weird, right?) To put it simply, I gave this book 5 biohazard symbols (and if you know me, you’ll know what that means. 😉)
Have you read LOST GIRLS yet?
If you haven’t, you should!
Calendar Girls’ picks for Best Contemporary Novel!
Flavia – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Katie – Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Sophie – Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Thai – Pretty Face by Lucy Parker
Mandy – Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Adrienne – The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas
Alex – A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
Lauren – Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
Deanna – A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Dawlyn & Krista – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas