My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
This is a coming of age story about a boy growing up in a Baton Rouge neighborhood in the 1990s. When the love of his young life, next door neighbor Lindy, gets raped a block away he doesn't really understand what the word "rape" means. Obsessed with wanting to know who did this to Lindy he finds out a lot in the next few years of high school. He learns what a lot of words mean, he learns a lot about his neighbors he learns a lot about his own family, and about himself.