The comments barrel is overflowing on the question of tense! Miss Snark wants to look away, but like seeing a python eating a supersize Happy Meal, you just can't avert your eyes.
For the record, Miss Snark does not loath any tense but the passive.
Those commenters who've pointed out that tense must serve the story are saying exactly what Miss Snark thinks. Bright Lights Big City was a wonderful novel and telling it in second person was a stroke of genius. It doesn't have the flexibility of first or third, but when it's right, it's just right.
For those of you not beaten into rote recitation with a ruler in French, Latin, German and English grammar classes, here's a link
that might be helpful.