But where do we draw the line? Do YA contemporaries have to be series too? Is there any end to this series madness?
There was the the five-volume Jessica Darling series, which began in 2001. These books weren't technically YA, but followed sixteen year-old Jessica through her adolescence and early adulthood. The sheer scope of the story's timeline necessitated that it be told in multiple books.
There was also Jenny Han's "Summer" series, the first book of which was published in 2009.
These books also covered a fair amount of time, following Isabel "Belly" Conklin from age sixteen to college and her engagement. Again, because of the timeline -- and also that horribly wrenching brother love triangle -- one could argue that a fair number of pages were required to tell this story.
But seems to me that in the last few years, more and more of YA contemporary series are sneaking onto the shelves, to the point that I'm getting concerned that standalones will become as extinct as dinosaurs.
In 2011, there was the He Said/She Said trilogy by Kieran Scott, a series about the rocky relationship between Ally and Jake that spanned three books and included huge cliffhangers.
In 2012, I got this YA contemporary for review. It looked like the kind of book I'd like. I slogged through it -- it was pretty slow paced -- got to the end, and ... there was no end. Nope. The book was part of a series.
The summer of 2013 brought two new YA contemporary series, both set on Northeastern islands. Is there something about "summer" books that makes them series-worthy?
2014 has brought even more YA contemporary series. These three come to mind. If you can think of more, please let me know in comments.
After you tell me your thoughts, go check out Lauren's post on Series Fatigue on Love is Not a Triangle. She makes a good point about something new I've come to be wary of: the set-up book!