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Someday this pain will be useful to you Teen Book Someday this pain will be useful to you

Cameron, Peter, 1959-

Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.

The perks of being a wallflower book The perks of being a wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen.

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Fat kid rules the world Teen Book Fat kid rules the world

Going, K. L. (Kelly L.)

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Looking for Alaska :   a novel Teen Book Looking for Alaska : a novel

Green, John, 1977-

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time :   [a novel] book The curious incident of the dog in the night-time : [a novel]

Haddon, Mark.

Very far away from anywhere else Teen Book Very far away from anywhere else

Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

Owen Griffiths, a seventeen-year-old outsider, learns to find his own way to a future in science through a friendship with a girl whose life is dedicated to music.

Boy meets boy Teen Book Boy meets boy

Levithan, David.

In "this" school, the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, the quarterback is a cross-dresser, and the cheerleaders ride Harleys-- yet the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.

King Dork Teen Book King Dork

Portman, Frank.

High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

The catcher in the rye. book The catcher in the rye.

Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-

Me talk pretty one day book Me talk pretty one day

Sedaris, David.
814.54 SEDARIS

A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including "Me Talk Pretty One Day, " about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. "You Can't Kill the Rooster" is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hiphop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails. Compared by The New Yorker to Twain and Hawthorne, Sedaris has become one of our best-loved authors.-- And he's an NPR star. Sedaris's commentaries and observations are featured regularly on NPR, and he remains a top correspondent for Ira Glass's series "This American Life."-- Sedaris is an amazing reader whose appearances draw hundreds, and his performances -- including a jaw-dropping impression of Billie Holiday singing "I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner" -- are unforgettable.-- Sedaris's essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest he's ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French!

Rats saw God Teen Book Rats saw God

Thomas, Rob.

In hopes of graduating, Steve York agrees to complete a hundred-page writing assignment which helps him to sort out his relationship with his famous astronaut father and the events that changed him from promising student to troubled teen.

Please don't kill the freshman :   a memoir Teen Book Please don't kill the freshman : a memoir

Trope, Zoe.

A memoir of the then-fifteen-year-old author's high school experience to that point, in which diary entries reflect her struggles, angst, and rebellion.

Hard love Teen Book Hard love

Wittlinger, Ellen.

After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

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