Surprisingly, I've been a productive recreational reader over the past couple of weeks.
I was a rat! by Philip Pullman
Spoiler: the twist on cinderella makes it ok to me; otherwise I still don't like PP.
Autobiography of a family photo by Jacqueline Woodson
Not a kids book, and kind of MFAstudentesque, but a vividsad fictional? memoirfeel. Reminds of Here they come. (which of course is way more recent.)
An abundance of Katherines by John Green
Mathnerd goes on roadtrip, tries to establish relationship theorem. Much more annoying than alaska, but still pretty good.
Sold by Patricia McCormick
A terrible account of child prostitution in Nepal, made the worse for readers who know what's going to happen before the protagonist does.
The Schwa was here by Neil Schusterman
Functionally invisible boy tries to leave his mark.
Wide Awake by David Levithan
Angry/utopian/political boy meets boy to exponential degree.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
Understandably award getting, historical fiction/fantasy?, I think the best MTA I've read.
Runaways 5, Escape to New York by Brian K Vaughan
I've read volumes 1 through 5, seems to be losing steam.