A sad but very interesting and inspiring story of a young girl who finds her mother dead one morning. From there, her life goes down a deep spiral (abusive foster home, prostitution, drugs) before taking an inspiring turn.
The Giver - Read. I read this when I was in middle school and I didn't like it then. So, I thought, with the movie coming out, I'd give it another shot. Still leaves a bit to be desired, but the dystopian genre always makes me think.