Patti Abbott has asked a bunch of relatively irresponsible writers, myself included, to talk about a forgotten book, one you might have overlooked.
For me, that book is Cruddy, by the cartoonist Lynda Barry.
The story is Roberta Rohbeson's, a 16-year-old who writes a letter to Jesus and tells him to "Have a good summer and stay Crazy." The story takes place a few years after a motel massacre where Roberta has been found, covered in blood, wandering the desert.
This is a dark place Barry takes us to and based on this book alone, I would have Barry's children. Pick it up.