BOOKS THAT I FOUND SIGNIFICANT AS A TEENAGER

  1. Girl by Blake Nelson
    It's about a girl in the early grunge scene in Seattle. I have it into head as the novel version of My So Called Life. I was astounded that a male author could nail teenage girl voice so well. I read it dozens of times. I met Blake Nelson as an adult and fangirled all over him and he gave me a signed copy of his newest book.
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
    Because it's Clueless, isn't that cool?!? But also because I *am* Emma Woodhouse. More on that in a future list.
  3. Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
    My bffs in high school made me read this while they watched. FLB's lyrical writing was so manic pixie dream cool and all of my high school writing was based on trying to emulate it.
  4. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
    I thought this was the most tragic romantic thing ever written. I haven't revisited it because I'm worried it won't hold up. Also, the film is my favorite book to movie adaptation ever because everything looked exactly like it had in my head.
  5. Memoirs of a Geisha
    I can't explain this. I read it basically a hundred times. I have it memorized at this point. I don't know why.
  6. Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell
    It's the story of the intertwining lives of all these twenty and thirty somethings in London. Centers around a single apartment building where all the action and misunderstandings take place. I think this what I thought life after college would be like.
  7. Tales of the City by Amistead Maupin
    More intertwining stories of twenty and thirty somethings. But in San Francisco in the 70's. So gayer. And better written. But also gayer.
  8. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    Like, everyone read this in high school. It was being passed around between everyone I knew like a mix cd. Or like On the Road which I don't like. But I loved this. First introduction to gonzo journalism. I though Tom Wolfe was a genius. I thought I should maybe do acid. Or maybe that wasn't the point? Or maybe it was. I didn't do acid.