Discussion- Help Recommend Me a Book

Last week while reading blog posts I stumbled on The Perpetual Page Turners post: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…in Romancesย which happened to have a GIF of Heath Ledger from 10 Things I Hate About You. I got the need to watch this movie again so spent an afternoon blissfully in late 90’s.


I am admittedly not a fan of contemporary fiction but I absolutely loved the time I spent watching that movie. The humor, fun, romance…just hit all the right places. This is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and hits on some of my favorite tropes…headstrong girl that wants nothing to do withย romance and hate turned to love thing.


It got me thinking–could one of my contemporary readers help me find a book that has the same tone as this movie? And, if you’ve not seen this awesome movie from the 90’s you need to get on that.


  1. says

    These books are along the same lines in that they have either an unconventional love story, or a plot that has romance but is not romance-centered. As someone who has come to love contemporary YA after vowing to never read it, I know that I need challenging material in order to relate to it, so that is how I came up with this list.

    Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer,
    To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford (really should listen to the audio)
    Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo (did not get enough attention)
    Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols
    The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
    Reality Boy by A.S. King

    • says

      Wow! Thanks Kate. I’ve added these all to my GR wishlist so I can try to attempt them at some point. I only recognized such a small number of them. I think Six Feet Over It might appeal to me most.

  2. Ellie Robinson says

    The only books that come to mind are The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, Going too far by Jennifer Echols and The Book Of Luke by Jenny O’Connell.

  3. says

    I adore 10 Things I Hate About You! I really need to watch it again, it’s been a few years since the last time I saw the whole thing. I don’t read a whole lot of contemporary romance either, but I think Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie hits a few of the same tropes and has a good vein of humor going through it. However, the heroine there isn’t as awesome as Kat. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James has a similar hate to love dynamic. Hope you find something that’s close!

  4. Valerie Pennington says

    I’m addicted to young adult contemporary and I’m convinced that swoons sustain as opposed to food, so I think that I can help.lol. Hate to love is one of my favorite story lines and Lauren Morrill does it best in Meant to Be. It’s not exactly contemporary but Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance has one of my favorite ships ever. Banter. Great characters. Swoons. Strong females. Men who appreciate strong females. Basically all sorts of awesome.

  5. says

    I really love this movie too! Brings back so many memories…
    I recommend Six Feet Over It, a book that is definitely underrated! Also, I’ll Meet You There and the Run to You series by Clara Kensie – this one has a sci-fi-ish element to it, but it is SO good!!!

  6. says

    I love this movie also! I cannot help you with the Contemporary Romance read because the Non-Fantasy Contemps I read always deal with a social issue. If you do find one that you like, I’m game for a read if it, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. says

    Most definitely Jesse’s Girl – I don’t know if you have an ARC of it, but it has that same sort of fun, flirty tone.
    Some other recs:
    Saving Francesca
    Perfect You
    Audrey, Wait!
    The Distance Between Us
    Bright Before Sunrise
    Ask Again Later
    Whatever Life Throws At You

    • says

      The only of these I’ve heard of is Magnolia and that’s only because I get it mixed up with Magonia! haha. Jesse’s Girl is now on my radar. I’ll be adding it to my TBR wish-list. I don’t have it since I never request contemps. On GR there are multiple books with that title–who’s the author?

  8. says

    Gorgeous post Kristen. <3 Sigh. I also adore this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ Some issues with it, but not that many, hih ;p It's pretty amazing. <3 I'm glad you got to re-watch it ๐Ÿ˜€ But ack. I can't recommend any books like it for you :p As I have not read that many contemporaries. Hmph. Still think you need to read The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, though. <3 I loved it so much ๐Ÿ™‚ It's adorable. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

    • says

      Oh yes! You did love TQoBaST–I wish the cover appealed to me more. Sadly, most contemporary books have covers I’m not fond of ๐Ÿ™ But it’s the content that matters, right?

  9. says

    I used to shy away from contemporary too. It really depends on which books you choose though, there are some amazing contemporaries!


    -I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
    -The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

    both of those seem to parallel to that movie and the shakespeare novel pretty well. I hope you give them a chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      I’ve read The Distance Between Us and I didn’t love it *sobs* I’d heard SO MUCH about it and it was good but not great for me. I’ve seen many, many good things about I’ll meet You There!

  10. says

    Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. It’s got a love-hate vibe going on, with excellent moments off humour dispersed between the more meaningful issues.

  11. vero says

    mmm, i would same The Duff too, love the book
    and maybe On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles or Going Too Far Jennifer Echols

    And movies:
    Pretty in Pink, Can’t Buy Me Love are pretty cool too, they are 80’s movies

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