Got this as an option out of several books for my senior literature class, and i have to say, this was a great read. I'm so glad i picked this one. I somewhat regret that i had to read it for a class, because i ended up skimming a few parts that i would've enjoyed reading more thoroughly. Be fair warned though: while some stories have happy endings, many are depressing, gross, or straight up vile to read.
I really wish more books like this were required reading in class; it was genuinely enjoyable and interesting to read compared to other required books, and it related to real-world issues that are generally ignored by the general public.
I hate the term "would recommend" because generally people don't actually recommend books to others, but in this case i seriously would - and have - recommend that others read this book.