We’re all a little bit awkward. You don’t always “get it.” You find yourself agonizing over social situations, or stuck at the center of cringe-inducing moments. You may feel as if you’re the only person who falls short at being “normal.” In your isolation (self-imposed or otherwise), you find comfort burying your nose in a book. But these books are what can draw you back, because embracing the awkwardness present in all of us creates solidarity. These authors faced their embarrassing moments -declared ownership of them by retelling them in memoir, or channeled them into socially-inept characters – and came out on the other side. From teens grappling with puberty and first love to adults still navigating personal and professional relationships, your people are here, in these pages.