Under the Radar Friday (2): Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions on Contemporary YA Romances + Giveaway

Friday, February 13, 2015

Under the Radar Friday is a weekly blog feature here at Oops! I Read A Book Again where I invite a person to share five books they think are under the radar. The goal is to promote books we utterly love but are unjustly unpopular. Here's an avenue to pimp them out! To learn more about this feature, click here.

This week, a Filipino (*pompoms*) blogger will share her favorite contemporary YA romances, a genre which I am absolutely gaga over. I am so excited to share her recommendations with you (and to get on reading them as well). Let's all welcome, INAH OF THE BIBLIOPHILE CONFESSIONS!!!!

First, let's get to know Inah with a quickfire interview!

A book (or five) you'd want with you if you're alone stuck in an island?

Umm... Can I please just add two more so I could bring all seven Harry Potter books with me? *winks* Yeah, it would be the Harry Potter series.

Favorite book (or let's be real, bookS)?

Okay, besides the one's I've mentioned for the feature, here are some others: 

Paper Towns by John Green

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Champion by Marie Lu
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite fictional couple/ship?

I have tons because I also love to watch lots of TV series but in books would be June and Day from Marie Lu's Legend Trilogy.

#1 book boyfriend?

This is getting harder. Hahaha! Okay... Noah Shaw from The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.

Favorite pizza topping?

I really really love eating pizza, which means I've tried different flavors/varieties of it, but for me, a pizza is not complete without black olives.

Celebrity crush?

Chris Evans! 

Most favorite trope (a.k.a. I will like this book because it has my weakness)?

Bestfriend romances! Plus points if the guy is nerdy/geeky and very adorkable! 


Now that you have an idea on what Inah fancies, let's hear her picks for contemporary YA romance books that need more pimping! The floor is yours, Inah!


Waiting For You
Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti. I have only read one Susane Colasanti novel so far but her novels basically scream fluffy and light contemporary romances. This book had me hooked from the first page. I love how adorkable the characters were, especially Nash! Also, Susane has a book to be released this year called City Love, and I’m very much excited to read it.


At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? In Waiting For You, this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)Geek Girl by Holly Smale. This book is one of my utter faves. I indentified with Harriet so much. The book was out in the UK for years now but it was published in the US this January. I really have to say that this book deserves buzz and the spotlight because it’s not just a cutesy contemporary, it’s a story that can be an inspiration to people with low self-esteem and battling issues regarding oneself.

My review of Geek Girl


Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.

Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?

Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #1)Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. Simone Elkeles is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she writes and her characters are very dynamic. I loved her Perfect Chemistry Trilogy but this one I loved more. I really think that this book is very underrated and deserves more attention! Not only does this deal with romance and friendship, but also it tackles the hardships of being a teenager and growing up in general, to which I think a lot of readers would be able to relate with.


Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

Love and LeftoversLove and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay. I have read this book like 3 years ago but I still remember how I felt while reading it. This was the first book I’ve read that was written with the chapters as a “verse”. I truly adored this book but it hasn’t quite reached a lot of readers yet.


Romantic and bittersweet, Love and Leftovers captures one girl's experience with family, friends, and love. Dragged to New Hampshire for the summer, Marcie soon realizes that her mom has no plans for them to return to Marcie's father in Idaho. As Marcie starts at a new school, without her ragtag group of friends called the Leftovers, a new romance heats up, but she struggles to understand what love really means.

How I FallHow I Fall by Anne Eliot. This book was one of my best reads last year. This book is like a needle in a haystack and I have to say that this is definitely a gem. I’m so glad to have discovered this book, thanks to some friends, and even to Anne herself. I love this book to pieces (and um, every other book Anne has written). I’m really happy to share this one and it’s such a great opportunity to give an exposure to a book from an indie author. This is pretty much a fluffy read but the best part about this is that the main character, Ellen, has cerebral palsy and it just shows us how one can be successful despite of their flaws.

My review of How I Fall



Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.


But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal. 


What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, 



Thank you so much, Inah! You deserve some blueberry cheesecake and pizza (Is that a good combination?!) for all sharing the love for these books and recommending them! Don't forget to check out (and follow!) Inah's blog, The Bibliophile Confessions! You can also like her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Go do it all!


Just like last week, I want to provide a chance for YOU to read these amazing books. Here are the prizes!

Open worldwide:

One (1) winner of a paperback of GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale
One (1) winner of a paperback LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles
One (1) winner of e-copies of HOW I FALL, HOW I FLY, and UNMAKING HUNTER KENNEDY by Anne Eliot

Open to US/Can residents only:

One (1) winner of a paperback of LEAVING PARADISE by Simone Elkeles

Thank you to Holly Smale, Nicola Carthy, Simone Elkeles, Katie Mickschl, and Anne Eliot for all these prizes!

Good luck with the giveaway!

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  1. I have Elkeles and Colasanti on my keeper shelves. I recently starting reading Sarina Bowen's book and love the Ivy Years series. Paul Griffin wrote STAY WITH ME and I read it back in 2011 and I still think of that book.

  2. I haven't read any of these yet but I have Leaving Paradise on my TBR list.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I haven't read any of the Inah's favorites, but some of them are on my TBR list.
    Some of my favorite under the radar YA contemporaries are If I Lie by Corrine Jackson, Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams, Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. I have read Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti and Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. I have an obsession with anything written by these authors.
    I'd like to mention a YA contemporary stories written by Lauren K. McKellar that I consider is under the radar and I highly recommend it: The Problem With Crazy and Eleven Weeks. God I cried so much with the first book. Like ugly crying and repeating "WHY?! It's not fair!!!" all the time hahaha
    Thanks for the giveaway! ;)

  5. I have started Leaving Paradise, but haven't had the time to pick it up again. After reading the synopsis again, I think I might sit down and take the time to read it. Some of my favourite under the radar romances is Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg and Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I have not read any of Inah's favorite romance novels but I've been DYING to read Geek Girl for a very long time now. Anyways, one of my favorite romance novels is VAIN by Fisher Amelie. This feature is really cool, thanks for the fab giveaway. :)

  7. My fav under the radar YA contemporary is Torched by Andrea Colt. Just finished it few days ago, it was really good! I've read Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti and I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Paper Towns IS my fave John Green title. So yaaay! Also, Geek Girl sounds fun and interesting.

  9. I havent read any of the favorites

  10. My favorite YA contemps are Graffiti Moon and The Stillburrow Crush, and you know what, I just remembered reading Waiting for You by Colasanti years ago but I was never able to finish it.

  11. havent read any but am so looking forward to sharing with my niece

  12. I don't know why I haven't read Paper Towns yet. Love everything by Green. I also loved all the Perfect Chemistry books by Elkeles!

  13. I've read Geek Girl and loved it too! Love everything by Susan Colasanti too. How I Fall is still on my TBR.

    Some of my favorite under the radar YA contemp: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas, Sean Griswold's Head
    by Lindsey Leavitt, Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, Pwned by Shannen Crane Camp, The Breakup Artist by Shannen Crane Camp, The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


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