The Day We Are Born by Philippa Cameron
The Day We Are Born by Philippa Cameron is a contemporary fiction novel that struck a nice balance of being both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. Through the first-person narrative of Elle, the book's main character, we gain insight into her day-to-day teenage life-- her ups and downs as she copes with depression, a very high-maintenance BFF, an old friend from the past, and well-meaning, but perhaps too overprotective, parents.
Though there is some romance in the book, the true emotional arc of this story has nothing to do with teen love and I found the author's willingness to tread along deeper emotional avenues refreshing.
This is a well-told, often humorous, unflinching, and poignant coming of age story where others besides just the main character experience growth from their challenges.
The Day We Are Born took me through a whole gamut of emotions and I will definitely be reading any follow-up novels to this superb entry in contemporary fiction.