Acquired via BookCrossing 23 Jul 2011 – picked up from Ali at a meetup

Charlie writes a series of letters to an unknown recipient as he negotiates the first year of High School, first love, and the deaths of his friend Michael and aunt Helen. I like a coming of age / small town novel and this was pretty good, especially the music references, however it was a bit clumsily didactic in places ("you probably know this, being older, but I'll tell you anyway", followed by an explanation of something a teenager might have difficulty with, a few times) and bits of the story were a little too obvious. Having said that, I'm not really the target audience, and I'm sure these parts would be useful for the shy, bookish teen, looking for info on how to get through these years.