Can I have a tie!!??
I really really loved More Than This by Patrick Ness. I loved that you can’t really put it in a genre. I loved that it managed to keep a captivating action-driven plot going alongside some serious and realistic character/relationship development and a sort of coming-of-age story. I loved how brilliantly diverse it was, and how it wasn’t a romance when it could have very easily have been made a romance. I loved that it constantly surprised you. I loved that it made me think about some things that I hadn’t ever really thought about.
I also really really loved Half Bad by Sally Green. I thought the writing in this was just stunningly beautiful, because it was simple, but it had style, which is my favourite type of writing (ahem Bret Easton Ellis). I loved that the characters weren’t, as the title might suggest, simply all-good or all-bad. I again loved how diverse it was, and how the female characters were as well-written as the male characters (because I’ve just read too many books lately that are incredible but the female characters aren’t even 10% as complex or well-written or interesting as the male ones… ahem Grasshopper Jungle I’m talking about you).