My Favorite “Dark” Contemporaries

Posted December 6, 2015 by Alexia in discuss / 6 Comments

Hi everyone!

So I know Bekka introduced me on December 2nd and she wasted no time in letting you all know that I love “dark” contemporaries, just like she does. Also have a lot of love for those under the radar books that I love and cannot understand why they don’t get more publicity. I’ll probably do a post on those under the radar books in the near future.

But today is about those dark contemporaries that have dark subject matters. I thought about keeping the recommendations to those books I read in 2015, but there were several books in 2014 that fit the “dark” contemporary category, so I decided to include them.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert- This book is absolutely amazing and it delves into some tough topics. I bought this one on a whim in 2014 and I fell in love with it. Interestingly enough it’s no longer the book I recommend most often.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe- I absolutely adore this book. For one thing the main character in it, Sophie, is bisexual. She’s totally open about that which is something that impressed me about her. Sharpe also delves into the dangerous world of drug addiction and she does it with sincerity and such brutal honesty.
All The Rage by Courtney Summers-Oh my god, this book wrecked me. It made me mad, but not quite as ragey as I expected. I spent the entire reading experience both pissed off and so heartbroken. Unfortunately it was such a real look at rape culture and knowing that just destroyed me.

Little Peach by Peggy Kern- Okay, so I absolutely ADORE Peggy and I just remember reading this book and being so nauseated and sad and angry. This book has a very real look at prostitution and it was a book that had me in the fetal position, half sobbing, half hyperventilating by the time I finished the book.
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch-If you follow me on Twitter I’m sure you saw my fangirly tweets about this book. Oh my god it was insane, but the best kind of insane possible. It was a book that tackled sociopathy and it absolutely BLEW MY MIND. If you haven’t read it, and “dark” contemporaries are your thing, absolutely pick this book up ASAP.
Paperweight by Meg Haston-I didn’t realize how hard this book was going to be to read in the beginning. It took me a very long time to like the main character, Stevie, but once I did, I flew through this book. It was definitely a hard book to read, but I think it was one of my favorite underrated books of this year.
Fault Line by Christa Desir-I absolutely love both this woman and the books she writes. She writes gritty, real and unapologetically honest. I also read & enjoyed her 2nd release, Bleed Like Me. In some ways, Bleed Like Me was even better, but it was Fault Line that made me cry the most. I will be reading her 3rd release, Other Broken Things in the early part of 2016.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno-This book was one of my favorites of 2014. It was also one of those under-the-radar books that I love so much. I also know it was one of Bekka’s favorite reads as well.
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn-This was my first Stephanie Kuehn book and she quickly moved onto my list of auto-buy authors. I also read her 2nd release, Complicit and I loved it even more than Charm & Strange. She tackles tough subjects honestly while writing in a unique style, one I hadn’t seen before.

If you’re a fan of “dark contemporaries, can you think of a book that should be on this list?

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6 responses to “My Favorite “Dark” Contemporaries

  1. Yesssss this post is SO many of my faves. If you haven’t read anything by Amy Reed yet, I think you’d love her books – CRAZY, BEAUTIFUL, and OVER YOU are all great (I haven’t read CLEAN or DAMAGED yet). She’s a total instabuy dark contemp author for me. Laura Wiess and Lauren Strasnick too. I’m iffy on who I rec Strasnick to because her books are really short and can feel ending-less, which some people really dislike, but I think if you loved FAULT LINE you’ll probably love her stuff too. (My fave is THEN YOU WERE GONE.)

    And now I *must* buy THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE; it’s the only book on this list I don’t own!
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    • Alexia

      Thanks for the recs Dahlia! I must look into Amy Reed’s books. Also must look into Lauren Strasnick as well. I did read one of Laura Wiess’ books, but it didn’t not go well for me. I wish I could recall the reason.

      The Half Life of Molly Piece is absolutely amazing. So yes, you MUST buy it.

  2. So far I’ve only read All the Rage (which made me SO. ANGRY!), but all of these are going on my TBR if they aren’t already. I absolutely love dark contemporaries, even though most of the time they leave me a complete sobbing mess afterward. I’m especially looking forward to reading Pointe, Damage Done, Far From You, and Paperweight. They all sound amazing, and heartbreaking, and I cannot WAIT.

    I’m trying to think of some dark contemporaries, but for some reason, my mind is drawing a blank. Great post, Alexia!
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    • Alexia

      Pointe is the second book I rec the most. Damage Done is the first one. Far From You, Paperweight are both fantastic reads as well. You’ll have to fill me in when you read them.

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