A Walk to Remember: The movie does this book no justice. It is an absolute must-read (or even listen to it on tape like I did…very good reader,btw). Beware, it's a major tear-jerker, but a great story.
Say Goodnight, Gracie ~ A VERY touching novel about friendship, love, loss, and the process of grief. Excellent character development; a GREAT book for young adults (and us older adults!) about death, a tricky subject to converse about. The main character was fortunate enough to have a psychiatrist in the family (her favorite aunt) and most people aren't that lucky. But, I think there is enough of a message encouraging someone to seek help, to talk, to acknowledge and work through feelings.