#25 Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (2001)
[232 points – 6 #1s, 5 #2s, 7 #3s, 1 #4, 3 #5s, 4 #6s, 1 #7, 3 #8s, 6 #9s, 1 #10]
"... offers a smart, fast paced, highly enjoyable glimpse into the inner world of a - too intelligent for her own good - New Jersey teen. The awkward moments McCafferty details in this diary-style first person narrative simply reverberate with truth making irresistible." Emily Nicotera, reader.
When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life? MeganMcCafferty.com
#24 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2007)
[244 points – 3 #1s, 5 #2s, 4 #3s, 7 #4s, 5 #5s, 3 #6s, 5 #7s, 6 #8s, 1 #9, 3 #10s]
“A gripping story that opens your eyes to how everything you do can affect others.” Natalie Klinger, reader.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. ThirteenReasonsWhy.com
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#23 Graceling by Kristin Cashore (2008)
[253 points – 2 #1s, 7 #2s, 5 #3s, 4 #4s, 3 #5s, 3 #6s, 9 #7, 9 #8s, 1 #9, 1 #10]
“The most beautiful high fantasy written in the US.” Margie Stohl, YA author
Graceling is the story of Katsa, who has been able to kill people with her bare hands since she was eight. Katsa lives in the seven kingdoms, where very occasionally, a person is born with an extreme skill called a Grace. Gracelings are feared and exploited in the seven kingdoms, and none moreso than Katsa, who's expected to do the dirty work of torture and punishment for her uncle, King Randa. But then she meets a mysterious stranger named Po, who is also a Graced fighter and the first person ever to challenge her in a fight. The two form a bond, and each discovers truths they never imagined about themselves, each other, and a terrible danger that is spreading slowly through the seven kingdoms. KristinCashore
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#22 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (2007)
[264 points - 8 #1s, 4 #2s, 7 #3s, 4 #4s, 4 #5s, 4 #6s, 1 #7, 3 #8s, 6 #9s, 1 #10]
"Richelle Mead's ability to create characters that you invest in, and a world that is so real is what makes this series so appealing." Kate, YA Reads
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever... RichelleMead.com
#21 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (2009)
[264 points - 4 #1s, 3 #2s, 5 #3s, 5 #4s, 8 #5s, 5 #6s, 4 #7s, 8 #8s, 3 #9s, 3 #10s]
“This book was so beautiful and moving. I could not put it down. Books don't make me cry often, but this one did.“ Susan, reader.
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. MaggieStiefvater.com