Thirteen Reasons Why
I may be jumping the gun here, but a teen pressed the Razorbill (Penguin's cutesy new teen imprint) ARC into my hands and said "you must read this." If its not on the list I think we should consider it. Basically, its a whole lot of awesome.
Premise: Girl commits suicide, but not before she makes seven cassette tapes, and a list of thirteen people to send them to. Thirteen people who contributed to her decision to die. Clay Jenson has just opened his surprise package. He's not the first, and he won't be the last.
This is a first novel (published) by Jay Asher who apparently worked as a part time youth librarian (no, I am not stalking him). Chris Crutcher loved it, and so do I. Yay.