Just right this second I decided I will join my fellow bloggers in setting out my favorites of 2011 (meaning when I read them, not necessarily when they were released), and I will start with my hands-down favorite contemporary novel.
It had been so long since I had read a truly wonderful truly contemporary (i.e. no paranormal, no dystopian, no fantasy, no mystery) YA novel, until I finally bought Stephanie Perkins' ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS a couple of weeks ago. What can I say, but j'adore! I have recounted here that although I myself am an over-recommender, I often get resistant to reading books that are continually recommended to me (especially when its my dad doing the recommending- sorry dad, no excuse) and so although this book had been on my "to-read" list for the better part of the year, I didn't actually pick it up until December.
And I'm an idiot. Books are lauded for a reason and this one was no different.
I loved this book. To quote my sister, "I am so in love with St. Clair, I feel like I'm cheating." This was everything that is wonderful about contemporary fiction and exactly what I feel like I've been missing since Steve Kluger's MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR several years ago. The characters, and most importantly their dialogue, felt so real and I was desperately involved with them from the opening pages. All of the relationships- friendships, familial, and romantic were done perfectly. And like my sister I can add Etienne St. Clair to the list of characters residing in my heart.
What were your contemporary favorites in 2011?