The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros
A little girl tells the story of growing up in a bad neighborhood, and how poetry becomes her ticket out of there. Kind of like Dangerous Minds without the Michelle Pfeiffer character. (Cue Coolio.)
Autobiography? Check. Oh, and she's going through those difficult teenage years and learning about what it means to be an adult, so it's definitely a coming-of-age story, too.