The list author says: "For some reason, I've been reading a lot of YA stuff this year. The best of it is authentic, not just for teens, but for everyone. Here are my current favorites. I'm not going to spell out plots. Just trust me. These are good--really good--books. Read 'em!!"
"Ok, this is more a kid book, but it's fantastic. The author plays with language the way a composer plays with notes, and tells a fab, funny, wonderful story of family love and eccentricity that will make you laugh and cry. I have reread it several times when I am feeling down. Never let the world scumble your savvy!"
"A great story, great characters, and a heartbreaking kernel of truth at its core. A book you want to discuss with people after you read it--the imagery, the characters, the plotline, everything. Really good literature."
"Just so you know my biases. Twilight sucks. Harry Potter is great reading that will stand the test of time. The first few are more kid books, but things get dark and complicated after that. Well-written, powerful, great books."