It came to my attention very recently that the ALA Awards have been announced. You know, Newbery, Caldecott, yada yada. The award I'm always most interested in is the Alex Awards, which is a list of adult books that are considered to be of special interest to teen readers. I often find some decent reading there, and lo' and behold, this year I have already read two of the Alex winners.
True Biz by Sara Novic I actually mentioned here in an annotated reading post. I liked it, and so did my sister, who read it with her book club.
The other book I read was The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi. I reviewed it on Goodreads. I cannot figure out how to link to my review, so I'll just reprint it here:
"I like scifi that overlaps with another genre. The Kaiju Preservation Society is both scifi and thriller. It's also very witty without undermining other elements. On top of all that, there's pop culture references, including a big one, and an everyman protagonist. Lots to like here." I hate the star system, but I gave it 5, so I'll pass that info on.
I don't know what the criteria are for the Alex Awards. True Biz has some significant YA characters. Kaiju Preservation Society doesn't (or I don't recall any). It may just be an entertaining book that transcends age groups.
I'll try to go through the rest of the list when I have time and see if there's anything else I want to read.