(I briefly considered naming my top disappointments, as well, but then I realized I want to keep it all positive :D.)
How did I choose these books? Each of the Top Fifteen are five star reads (which means I read every word and LOVED it). To narrow it down further, I'm thought about my delight in the story and how completely enraptured I was as I read it. For all of these fifteen, I lost myself in the world of the book.
The covers link to The Tattered Cover (to promote indie bookstores a bit) in case you'd like more info. Without further ado, here is book fifteen:
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, by David Lubar
What did I like about this? Well, first off, it's very funny (I truly laughed aloud a number of times). I thought the characterization of Scott was well done and sympathetic. The secondary characters were also realistic and true to form. I'd definitely suggest this for any junior high age boy (and girl) as they plan for high school. The story: Scott's mom is pregnant, right as Scott enters high school. He starts writing up some tips for his new sibling on how to survive in the crazy senior high environment. He shares his crush on a suddenly-beautiful classmate, his confusion about which activities are right for him, and the changing loyalties of his friends.
All in all, this is a truly entertaining and thoughtful look at one freshman's journey.