I love the idea behind this group and it features some of the coolest and nicest authors I know, so I'm spreading The Contemps love!Who are The Contemps? "We're 21 authors putting real life in the spotlight, keeping readers up to date on the latest in YA contemporary fiction by blogging, tweeting, (over) sharing our own teenage experiences, and occasionally meeting up in real life."
With the popularity of genre fiction (especially paranormal) I think shining a light on contemporary YA fiction is a great idea. I had a teen come into the library who said she needed to find a contemporary book because her mom wanted her branch out and read something other than vampires and werewolves. It's easy to forget that there are contemporary readers that need contemporary stories, and I love that this group of authors is promoting that.
In addition to blogging on their site, they are hosting a Contemps Challenge-readers are asked to committ to reading 18 of the 21 upcoming contemporary reads between now and August 15, 2011. One lucky reader will win all 21 Contemps books!
The other thing I love about The Contemps is that they are talking about their teen years (no matter how embarrassing!) every Thursday and they'll even answer questions and share stories from teens.
So check out The Contemps and give contemporary YA fiction some love!