- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, for taking me back in time and teaching me things I didn't know I wanted to know.
- Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, for laughs, heartbreak, and slight music geekery.
- You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn, for showing that "just get over it" is always easier said than done.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, for making me hold my breath.
- Diary of a Chav by Grace Dent, for showing class, even though there wasn't supposed to be any.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, even though cats consider themselves superior to all people, living or dead.
- Paper Towns by John Green, because no one forgets their first love.
- Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link, for showing how cool short story collections are, were, and ever will be
- Madapple by Christina Meldrum, for bending everything that a YA novel can be
- Impossible by Nancy Werlin, from a fellow believer that girls can and do want the good boy over the bad boy.
I read many, many more very enjoyable books. 2008 has been a great year for YA. These, however, are the ten that have really stuck with me for whatever reason. Some were total page-turners and others I had to put down for a while and continue later. But I'll remember and recommend all of them.
I'd better post this list before I change my mind.