I’m looking to expand my reading horizons in the contemporary YA market. To that end, I’ve just bought the first two books in Scott Westerfeld’s series: Uglies and Pretties. I’m also getting copies of Ally Carter’s I’d Tell You I Love You, But then I’d Have to Kill You and Kelly Parra’s Graffiti Girl, plus Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. I’m also considering getting a book by Sarah Dessen, but haven’t decided which one to start with. Ditto on Meg Cabot (I was considering Teen Idol, but it’s an older title.)
Given those examples as the type of things I’m considering, what would you add to the list, and why?
ETA: Because a couple people have wondered in comments… I’m not limiting myself to any particular genre here. I am looking for things that are both high quality and popular. And, yes, overlooked sleeper masterpieces are good too.