Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Criss Cross is more of a middle grades read in my opinion. But I like the simplicity of the story. Each character has one memorable quality that is developed. The story is quiet yet engaging. Debbie wishes something exciting will happen to her and Hector embarks on a career of songwriting as he learns to play the guitar in this small-town story about two fourteen-year olds, who are waiting for their lives to truly begin. This book is the sequel to All Alone in the Universe and can be read alone or with the first book.
Song to Read By: "Half of My Heart" acoustic version by John Mayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrjDVqdQUhI