Election, Tom Perrotta
What's more vicious than a hard-fought American election? A hard-fought American election that takes place in a high school. Perrotta's 1998 novel introduced the world to Tracy Flick, an ambitious student who wants nothing more than to be elected student council president. But she has her share of opponents, including a popular jock and his lesbian sister, and a history teacher who distrusts her. Election isn't just a hilarious novel (that inspired an equally hilarious film), it's a fascinating look at American politics through the microcosm of high school.