That said, let's move to number Eight (out of 111 books read this year):
The Way We Fall, by Megan Crewe
Why did this stay with me? First, I'm sure some of it has to do with getting to read this before publication (a couple of times, in fact) -- that definitely made me enjoy the final version a great deal! Second, even without that, I would've loved this book because it's got a fantastic plot and incredibly sympathetic characters. I love the whole concept of this virus which moves out of control, and I especially love how Kaelyn and others step up to the plate. Third, I adore Kaelyn. She's quiet, thoughtful, dreamy, curious -- and when the book opens, she's feeling a very common insecurity that I think most teens (and most adults) struggle with: that feeling that you've let someone down or even hurt them without meaning to. But she's able to pull away from those worries and focus on the here and now as the virus begins to take over their world -- and she's so strong but in mostly subtle ways. I felt very connected to her, and I'm thrilled that her story will continue. Fourth, the unexpected romance between Kaelyn and another character (I won't spoil it, if you haven't already read it) is very sweet. I will admit, I've read the third book already (in its pre-published form -- but it's still amazing), and I can't wait for the second to come out in 2013 -- highly recommended (the entire trilogy)!