A few years ago, Lizzie Skurnick was writing essays on Jezebel.com about the classic teenage books she, and most of the slightly older generations, read while growing up. I read them when they were going up at the time and they were good stuff. So she (and a few other authors) put the essays together into a published book. Checking the archives of the Fine Lines column, it looks like not everything there made it into the book or at least some columns were written after publication. I think there's also some essays that didn't make it online. I'd recommend reading the online ones to see if you're interested in this sort of thing.
Anyway, the main author (the other authors did guest essays) wrote some very entertaining, thoughtful, funny articles on teenage classics and why we love them, and why we remember them. While for once I'm not going to quote whore about them all, especially when you can see for yourself, I will mention this one.
"Ah, to be John Austin's kid sister, and get some dolphins and psychic powers to go with all those hormones." --on A Ring Of Endless Light
Anyhoo, a reader of this is going to have three experiences:
(a) "I loved this book! Therefore I love this essay and totally relate to it."
(b) "Whoa, I never heard of this book. I must investigate it."
(c) "Okay, I don't plan on reading this one, but that was interesting, in a disturbing sort of way."
I for one got sold on trying Blossom Culp books, which I'd barely heard of and had no idea what they were about before this. On the other hand, I think I'm skipping The Pigman and I Am The Cheese, because hooooo boy. The essays vary in their spoilery-ness, though sometimes I wished the essays would be a little more spoiler-y, especially if I hadn't read the book and was wondering what the hell they were talking about. But that's me, most people wouldn't agree with that.
Anyway, I'm not sure what else to say other than I enjoyed reading this and think you should check it out. Four stars.