Evolution, me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Okay, brace yourselves, folks...... I loved this book!!! This is my favorite so far. Mena has been ostracized by her church, but you don't really find out why until about halfway through the book. The story unfolds tantalizingly as Mena relates more and more details about a letter that she wrote and why it ended up getting a large number of her church's congregation sued. So now here's Mena stuck in high school with a bunch of enemies who used to be friends and a whole lot of questions as her science class starts studying evolution.
How this book manages to pack in so many issues -- science vs. religion, evolution vs. intelligent design and how/what should be taught in public schools, peer pressure, homophobia, first love, questioning one's faith -- without sounding like an afterschool special is beyond me, but first-timer Brande did it with aplomb and a laugh-out-loud, stronger-than-she-thinks-she-is narrator, much like Catherine Gilbert Murdock did with Dairy Queen. A big, huge, resounding YAY!!!