one of my students recomended this to me. it took me awhile to develop a connection to it, but i was crying by the end...
basically, it is a bout a kid calling himself charlie and his first year of high school. the format is him writting letter to a stranger describing his life. he is very smart and very introspective and dealing with a ton of shit, most of which he doesn't even know about.
it's kind of a slice of life. making friends, falling in love, trying new things, figuring out life, figuring out who we are. it's a good book.