August 11, 2011

A Contemporary New Trend?

2011 has been my most amazing reading year ever. I've read more titles and loved more books this past 8 months than I ever have in such a short period of time. And I have curiously encountered a tendency in realistic fiction that, after reading four books like this this year, has me craving MORE. I must say, I wish became a TREND. You know, like vampires or angels or whatever weird creature young ones want to read nowadays? Why can't it be realistic? Seriously, why? This new tendency I've found is:

Contemporary love stories that take place in 24 hours or less. 

I have been seriously swept off my feet by these four books that share that rare (to me) quality. Sadly, two of them are 2012 releases, so you may have to wait to read them, but STILL. I feel I should come up with a name for them, and for lack of creativity, I will call them the Before Sunset books. Have you seen that movie? *sighs* These stories are deeply emotional and have this burst of electricity waiting to happen just because things happen *sort-of* in real time.

The Day BeforeThe Day Before by Lisa Schroeder.
Loved this one! It stands out for the others because it's in verse. You can see my special review in verse here. *Quick summary: Amber wants to spend one day alone in the beach just enjoying the today because tomorrow changes everything. But then, she meets mysterious Cade.

Where She WentWhere She Went by Gayle Forman. 
Probably my top favorite of 2011. I loved it so much more than I loved If I Stay. There's just so much feeling in this book, so much more than what is said. See my review here. *Quick summary (though I'm sure everyone has read this by now): Adam spends one night with Mia after not seeing each other for 3 years.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I was extremely excited to read this one. And it did NOT disappoint.We also need more books set in airports or airplanes. Because of what Oliver says in the book: Airports you are like suspended, not here and not there. Anything can happen. *Quick Summary: Hadley lost her flight to London on the worst day of her life. But she sits next to Oliver in the plane.

Graffiti MoonGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley 
This was published already in Australia, I believe. Coming to the US in February 2012. But it's available for reviewers on Netgalley, if you're interested. And OMG! It might even top Where She Went for me. It's different from the others because it's told from both POVs. Loved it way too much to explain! You need to read it. *Quick Summary: Tonight, Lucy wants to find Shadow, the guy who paints the graffitis she loves. But she's stuck with Ed. Ed needs to put his life together, and hide his secret from Lucy.


  1. I am also loving Contemporary lately! The 24 hour book is a great new trend.
    Just picked up Graffiti Moon on NetGalley, and I loved The Day Before and Where She Went. The Statistical Probability sounds awesome.
    These books would be fun to read for a 24 hour readathon.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I will have to try some of these! thank you for the recs!

  3. Lisa Schroeder is my favourite Verse Author, can't wait to read her new one.

  4. I haven't read any of these but they all sound great. I LOVE the idea of everything happening in 24 hours. Excellent post!

  5. I LOVED The Day Before and Where She Went, so I have to try the other two you listed! Thanks

  6. I doubt it's a 'trend' trend, but I definitely love these 24 hour books! Just read graffiti moon the other day and loved it!

  7. I am IN LOVE with contemporary. Thanks so much for making this list! Ahh. I've added the last one to my goodreads list :)

  8. I adored the Day Before. It was such a great read. I will see if I can make room for the others. I love paranormal, but I'm tired of that trend now too.

  9. ooooh, I hadn't heard of Graffiti Moon but will definitely be looking for it. I can't imagine anything topping Where She Went for me, that book was amazing.

  10. Interesting trend you're seeing. Personally I'm very skeptical about 24-hour love stories, but I'll give these a try. Thanks!

  11. Oh, I LOVED LOVED LOVED the first two books on your list. I'll have to keep an eye out for the others!

  12. I really like this post. And its true I really like books that takes place in 1 day. Helps with the pacing.


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