I heard White Oleander is good, I saw the film but my friend in high school said the book kicks its ass.
Currently, I am reading Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. I'm not much into Science Fiction, but my older brother who hates to read loved it. So I who enjoy the written word decide if my anti-literature brother likes it, it must have something to offer. And oh it does. Very fascinating and entertaining, witty too. *thumbs up*