I've been reading a lot of modern literature lately--actually, mostly pop culture books. It started with The Book Thief and Divergent and then I got a lot of, "Well, if you're reading modern stuff you might as well read The Hunger Games," and it just went from there.
In any case, I've decided to just review them all at one go, since I don't really like/dislike most of the books enough to do full posts on all of them.
The Book Thief
I loved, loved, loved this book. It made me cry harder than practically any other book (the obvious exception being Les Misérables :P), but it made me think and it wasn't all sad. The characters were well-developed, the story well-told, and it made me think. The only problem I had was the language; I could have done without that. :P Definitely one of the best modern novels I've ever read.
Ehhhh, these were okay. :P Now I know that this is an extremely popular series, but...I just couldn't get into it. Most of the characters were flat and unlikeable (except for Four; he was awesome), the dystopian world was kind of unbelievable, and the romance was meh. I did enjoy it all right, but I don't plan on reading the rest of the series.
The Uglies series
Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras. These books were pretty cool. Admittedly they weren't extremely well-written, but they were engaging. The premise was unique and well-followed-through, and the characters were, for the most part, relate-able and likeable.
The Hunger Games
I liked these books better than Divergent--the characters were more developed, the plot and world made sense, and they actually didn't disturb me as much for whatever reason. But it was very violent and dark, and from what I hear they only get darker as the series goes on. I've read the first and second books and do plan to read the third one, but I'm definitely not a fan.