I've thought a lot about why I never outgrew teen fiction and I've come to the conclusion that most of the time, a 35 year old will write as a 15 year old. The resulting fiction will read like a 25 year old has written it. And maybe that's why I like it. Or maybe it's just that I'm a writer (I've written two books for non-adult people). Anyway. Here is a list of my ten favourite teen angst books and why I like them.
10. Why We Broke Up- Daniel Handler
9. How To Keep a Boy as a Pet- Diane Messidoro
8. Gingerbread- Rachel Cohn
7. Rookie Yearbook One- Tavi Gevinson
rookie mag website, which is great, but I prefer reading the long, long articles in print format.
6. Looking for Alaska- John Green
5. Stargirl- Jerry Spinelli
4. The Lover's Dictionary- David Levithan
3. Rose of No Man's Land- Michelle Tea
Rose of No Man's Land is about a girl who is doomed in an almost Shakespearean way. Not many novels write about poor white people: most novelists are middle class. Rose lives under depressing circumstances: her mother doesn't leave the house, her mother's boyfriend steals stuff. They are super poor. Her sister, the 'normal' one, gets her a job at the mall. Within a few hours it becomes hopelessly apparent that Rose cannot fit in. She goes on this whirlwind adventure, where things get worse and worse as the night progresses. And then she goes back home.
2. Love Lessons- Jacqueline Wilson
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky