In case you were wondering, I have procured most of the recommended books! Those that I don't actually have in my possession at the moment are on hold at the library. In fact, one just came in this afternoon, so I'll be picking that up this week. So far, I've read 3. I'm going to have a hard time picking my favorite! You can see my Goodreads reviews for the three thus far...
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Marked - P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
The View from Saturday - E.L. Konigsburg