"An original publication of MTV Books/Pocket Books"-- T.p. verso.
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.
It's impossible not to love the narrator of this book, he's sensitive, sweet and honest and as the story progresses, love for him begins to transform into pity and concern.
This book does an excellent job of capturing the experience of being a teenager - from the awkwardness, to the angst, to the joy of discovering you belong to a group of idolized new friends.
While the music and movies referenced here weren't as much a part of my experiences, I think every reader can relate to the group mania that emerges around whatever bands or movies accurately replace these in their experience.