"Kafka is a staple for us faux-intellectual adolescents. Prominent themes being rejection from society (everyone's against you as a teenager) due to things beyond your control: turning into an insect."
"Complusory reading for all aged 15-25. Basically plotless: but who needs plot when you have a suitcase full of narcotics? Hilarious and disturbing, with occasional philosophical musings. Occasionally."
"Go on: Reject Catholicism! Awaken Sexually! Write poetry! This is the most literary Coming-Of-Age story there is... it's "well good." High-brow teen angst & discussions on religion & art... excellent"
"Murakami: titan of today's disaffected with more literary leanings. This is perhaps his most accessible, but still my favourite. All about the choice between the old and new... growing up, basically.."