Because you like Fantine in Les Miserables
Andrew Glouberman is trying to make it through puberty with his sanity intact. See them in Big Mouth.
An alien, a time-traveler, and an esper are following Haruhi Suzumiya, who – unknown to herself – is a near-omnipotent reality warper. See them in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Carl Gallagher is a budding psychopath fascinated with rule breaking. See them in Shameless.
Kevin Khatchadourian is a disturbed, affect-less teen on a dark path. See them in We Need to Talk About Kevin.