As stated previously, I am participating in the Contemps Challenge, hoping to emphasize to my readers the importance of reading contemporary young adult fiction. This post features a few books from the Contemps list, as well as my thoughts on the novels and why you should read them.
After being referred to as The Designated Ugly Fat Friend by resident hottie and male get-around, Bianca is determined to prove him wrong by embracing herself and her group of friends. But as difficulties come her way, she seems to have no choice but to give in to his suave ways and smooth lips.
Keplinger’s genuine yet profound writing will suck you in from the beginning. While the novel does move at a fast pace, the reader is given room to contemplate what exactly is happening within the minds and hearts of the protagonist and the people that she cares about.
Just a few months before the story begins, Seth found his best friend dead after a typical night of drinking and craziness. This novel follows Seth’s thoughts and actions as he works through the implications of what happened to his best friend, befriending a popular yet seemingly different girl that is his classmate.
I wanted to love this book. I thought it gave great insight into the minds of teenagers going through the difficulties of life. The fact that they do struggle with real issues and legitimately hard situations was definitely highlighted in this novel. I just did not connect with the characters at all, though. Maybe it is because I don’t remember a lot about high school, nor did I necessarily befriend people of different socioeconomic statuses, sadly. But because I want the book to be given as many chances as possible and I want to support the Contemps authors, I am giving away a copy of this book. If you would like a chance to a win a copy of Freefall, leave a comment with your favorite high school memory, as well as your email address. Contest goes until Saturday, December 18th and winner will be announced on Sunday, December 19th. Good luck!