Have you ever read a book, and kind of hated yourself for how much you enjoyed it? That's exactly how I am feeling right now, having plowed through Louise Rozett's "Confessions" trilogy. It's a series written for high school students, about high school students, and yet this 30-something lady could not put it down.
Let's start with at the beginning, with Confessions of an Angry Girl. As the series open, high school freshman Rose, the titular angry girl has some pretty valid reasons to be angry: her brother, who was once very close to, has just left for college, her mother is basically a zombie, her best friend will NOT STOP TALKING about wanting to lose her virginity to the biggest jerk on the planet, and worst of all, her father has just been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Basically, the only bright spot in Rose's life is that for a little while each day she gets to stare at her crush Jamie in homeroom. Of course, Jamie is dating the biggest bitch in school, who might literally murder her if Rose even so much as looks at Jamie too long. So of course Rose kisses him. And all high school hell breaks loose.
I think that's the main reason I enjoyed this book and the rest of the series so much... nothing very special happens here except high school stuff. Realistic, dirty, sad, horrible high school stuff that anyone who was not one of the "it" crowd in high school can certainly relate to. Rose is an extremely well developed character, as are all the rest of the players here, and the author's writing style makes it a fun, fast and appealing read.