Jacob Have I Loved - Katherine Paterson I read this when I was a kid and too young to really get it. Rediscovered it through its essay in Shelf Discovery, and reread it in a day.

Do they even write books like this anymore? Books that describe so achingly what it is to come of age, to love and hate and rage against the world. It reminded me of A Ring of Endless Light in tone, and in the island setting, but its scope is broader. It's a quiet book that doesn't shout, just quietly pulls at your stitches until you are undone.