Reel Reading: Contemporary Fiction

Do you enjoy a good binge fest over books, TV series or films? Join us to talk about all things binge-worthy in our virtual club just for teens.

Reel Reading is a teen-specific book, film and TV club meeting virtually on the fourth Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This club is for ages 13-18 and each month will have a genre or theme to explore. Register for our next session here.

Teen Street Team member Ashley is our guest blogger for this month, and talks about her favorite parts of contemporary fiction:

Fiction is one of the most popular literary genres for young adults, and it’s also my personal favorite. There are many subsets of fiction, such as realistic, historical, and contemporary. In contemporary fiction, there remains only a fine line between reality and the fictional world, leaving me to wonder, sometimes, what my life would be like if I was living “inside the book”? The beauty of contemporary fiction is in the way it creates stories out of things that could happen in modern-day real life, things that could happen to you and me.

One of my favorite contemporary fiction books is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Miles Halter is a formerly shy, overall average kid who tries to break out of his shell by going to Culver Creek Boarding School and seeking “the Great Perhaps”. There, he meets Alaska Young, Chip Martin, and Takumi Hikohito, who take him on a journey of discovery and excitement, until a sudden accident turns Miles’ life upside down. Throughout the book, Miles deals with grief, fear, and joy, creating a realistic yet magical experience for readers.


If you’re a fan of fiction, contemporary fiction pieces that are available at the Plano Public Library and online include:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • 13 Reasons Why

Reel Reading is a teen-specific book, film and TV club meeting virtually on the fourth Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. This club is for ages 13-18 and each month will have a genre or theme to explore. Register for our next session here.

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