#85: Drama, by Raina Telgemeier.
While the teen book world is dominated by vampires and goddesses, Telgemeier is a breath of fresh air. Her stories revolve around real girls with real problems. Not the problems of addiction, incest, or rape - but the more everyday problems surrounding school, little brothers and boys.
Everyday problems need not be unexceptional, and through Ms. Telgemeier's deft storytelling - in words and pictures - we feel the slings and arrows directed at Callie and hope that she can dodge them.
Is there a place for vampires and for the dramatic travails of teenagers figuratively and literally under the gun? Sure. But there's also room for the familiar and the authentic, and that's where Drama shines.