It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
Good for: While this isn’t a memoir, it was written after Vizzini checked himself into a ward as a teen, so it’s good for anyone interested in a survivor’s tale of teen depression.
Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
Good for: Anyone, but especially teens. Whale Talk is one of the best sports novels I’ve read. While it’s somewhat heavy-handed, it’s a really good, emotionally dense book. *Note: Does not contain ACTUAL mermen; that’s just the name of the sports team.*