Perks on Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This coming-of-age novel is written in the letter format. The protagonist, Charlie, writes to someone the reader only knows of as “friend” describing his awkward days through high school in great detail. We follow Charlie as he struggles through life, love, and being an outsider to discovering things he never knew about himself.
Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Told from the perspective of four very curious boys, this book looks into the lives of the Lisbon sisters who each kill themselves within one year.
Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
We delve into the mind of young Flannery Culp as she makes her way through a semester of sex, murder, and scandal. There is such a twist at the end that the book demands to be read twice, just to see if it works (and it does!) Daniel Handler has a unique gift for stringing words together; each sentence is carefully set out, which is more than some writers do nowadays.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
All the details of the fast food industry from the farmers to the first McDonald’s stands (and how those arches represent breasts) are in this book. Even the strictest vegan would cringe at the facts in here.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
This is an intense book of what one man gave up in order to survive. A story of hope, faith, and a good look of life is interspersed with (surprisingly) humorous near-death experience stories. It will make you think about what you value most in life and have you asking yourself how far you would go just to save yourself.