I don't know where I was 13 years ago (oh, yeah I do, drinking, staying up too late - your general carousing), but I just got my hands on Billie Letts' Where the Heart Is. And I love it.
In case you too were participating in drunken merrymaking back in the day (which in this case is 1996), Where the Heart Is is the story of 17-year-old Novalee Nation and what happens after her craptastic boyfriend left her stranded 7-months pregnant at a Wal-mart in Oklahoma while on their way to California.
Letts' style of writing is easy and enjoyable to read. Her characters and their conversations are quirky. The juxtaposition between Novalee's story and her baby's daddy's story meshes well.
It's no secret that things are gonna work out for Novalee or that Willy Jack is gonna get his, but that's OK. I give it an A.