The list author says: "I love to read new books, and though my tastes have changed, and become more discerning over the years, I still have a soft spot for the books I read during my formative years. Some of those were age-appropriate, some not so much. But, it's kind of my opinion that that should be the case with any book-loving adolescent. What's the fun in only reading what you're "supposed" to? For the sake of keeping things relevant, though, I've only included age-appropriate material, with the encouragement to venture out of the teen section, and into the adult stacks. It's waiting for you, and if you've read even just a few of the books on this list, you're ready."
"Horrifying, sad, and haunting. Though I'm sure it's purely a work of fiction, it will always stick with me as being a "real" diary, written by a "real" girl, suffering from some of the same "real" issues that I suffered in my teen years."
"The entire "Alice" series is necessary reading for any girl between the ages of 9/10 to 15, and all the adults who could never quite let go of Alice, who's meant to represent just about all of us, I think. I adore her and her two friends, Pamela and Elizabeth, her father and brother, Lester, her on and off boyfriend Patrick, even Aunt Sally."
"I felt powerful after reading this. Living vicariously through the characters you're reading about is kind of paramount, and this book does a beautiful job of folding you into the narrator's life and struggles."