I have all the subtlety of a hand grenade
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky takes both the most unsettling and comforting parts of adolescence and makes something that resonates through adulthood. Charlie’s voice fits the wallflower experience perfectly from wanting to just fade away to trying to prove yourself — to yourself. This novel proves that YA is great because, no matter what age, the juxtaposition of happiness and sadness depicted is something everyone will (or has to) experience.
—Kaitlin Joyce
(Also recommended by Henar Barandiaran and Michaela Strauther.)
2. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

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