Confessions of a High School Disaster, by Emma Chastain
A diary-style contemporary tale made crazy bingeable by way of its Austen-level observational wit, Confessions of a High School Disaster is the funniest, most painfully real high school story you’ll read this year. Over the course of 365 diary entries covering her freshman year, Chloe Snow has high highs—school play stardom! Flirtation with a sexy upperclassman!—and low lows—BFF awkwardness, sort of accidentally trying to steal the coolest girl in school’s boyfriend—all under the shadow of missing her mom, who has jetted off to Mexico to finally finish her novel. Chloe is a hilariously sharp, ridiculously relatable teen, who grows up a little bit (but not too much) during a year of disasters both comic and heart-tugging. I’ve already read her diary twice.