Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
high school & up
Rose is pretty pissed off. Her dad died, her mother barely notices her and her brother is off at college avoiding the family. Plus, her best friend is determined to be a brainless cheerleader. Everyone tells her that the guy she pretends not to like is too badass for her. Except for the guy; he seems to be interested in her too. Which makes his evil girlfriend (who is also a cheerleader) very pissed at Rose.
I liked this book. I would've liked Rose when I was in high school. She's on the fringes the way I was but she's got a bit more attitude than I did. I loved the way Rose handled the pressures and pitfalls of being in high school. Especially the pitfalls caused by being friends with someone who wants to be popular. That can really be a problem for someone who is more suited to the fringes. A lot of actual high school girls will identify with Rose.
This book could be really great for Health class. Which means, of course, that some parents are liable to freak. Rose and her friend spend a lot of their time debating whether or not Tracy should "do it" with her boyfriend. There is also a description of Rose's first visit to a gynecologist.
Do high school teach ethics or moral dilemmas classes? If not, they really should. Heinlein thought so. Anyway, Rose's outing at a after-dance party would really be terrific for that kind of class.
Verdict: highly recommended.
warning: it WILL freak out some parents.