Booking Through Thursday asks:
If a friend asks you to recommend a really good book — good writing, good characters, good story — but with no other qualifications... what would you recommend?
That's a deceptively simple question. I think I'd need to know about my friend: what he/she likes, what he/she doesn't like, what triggers he/she might have, how much time he/she has for reading...
I think I'd probably recommend Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It's not my all-time favourite book, and it hasn't gotten my highest rating... but it definitely has good writing, good characters, and a good story, and it's probably less offensive than some of my other favourites (which I've seen called out for various issues that might turn some readers off).