Runyon, Brent. 2006. Maybe.
"The second hardest thing to do in life is to change from a child into an adult. There are so many ways to mess up. So many ways to get lost. It's like crossing the ocean in a rowboat."--Brent Runyon
Random House Author: Brent Runyon
Brent Runyon's The Burn Journals was an incredible memoir of a major turning point in the author's life: a chronicle of his failed suicide attempt. The book met with much praise as well, just read a few of the reviews and you'll see.
Maybe is the author's first novel. Told in first person, it chronicles Brian's first semester of his senior year. Charting the various emotions and events of a young man's life, the reader gains new insight into his troubled life. Yet behind the somewhat shallow routines of daily life (school, girls, friends, parties), the reader sees an intimate portrait of grief as our narrator begins to feel and react to the loss of his brother tragically killed in a car accident the previous year.
Maybe is a great coming-of-age novel, and would pair well with Looking For Alaska by John Green.