Meh. The idea for Best American Nonrequired Reading is interesting: take a group of bright high school students, have them read everything published during the year, and let them decide what is to be included in the book. Essays, short stories, non-fiction articles, comics - as long as it can fit in 20 pages, it’s fair game.
Maybe this was a good book; maybe other people would really enjoy reading it. I didn’t, mostly. Maybe it’s the sort of book that you need to leave next to your reading chair and dip into periodically over a period of weeks. But as a cover-to-cover read it became tedious less than halfway through. I did enjoy the introduction by Dave Eggers, and Conan O’Bryan’s Stuyvesant High commencement speech was fun. Other than that, there were a few articles that were vaguely interesting, and some short fiction that I really did not enjoy.