Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
For coming-of-age awesomeness set in different eras, try…
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell for a precocious-yet-unannoying kid’s-eye view of life in an ‘80s-era British village
Locas by Jaime Hernandez for an alt-comic depiction of badass, punk-rock Chicanas growing up as best friends and sometime lovers in '80s So Cal
The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis for hilarious first lust/love antics set against the groovy backdrop of '60s/'70s London
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block for a dreamy YA novel about a gritty fairy tale-like '80s L.A.