I second the girl next door. (Thanks for sharing the Bart Ehrman quote - that was fantastic! My reading hasn't got around to him yet....)
jdash - I congratulate you on asking these questions, at the tender age of 17! You rock! It took me to the age of 41 to grapple with this question, to even recognise that it was a legitimate question! One that I had just dismissed as foolish, selfish thinking before. For me, it was intertwined with waking up from my indoctrination. Realising that WT was just so wrong (and yet I had believed that it was the one true religion for most of my life) was such a betrayal and it made me examine why a god, if there was one, would allow sincere-hearted people to be deliberately misled. Why was it so difficult to get to know him? I started asking all the same questions that so many people I had knocked on the doors of had also asked me. And I realised that the answers I thought I was providing were incredibly hollow, deeply unsatisfying and lacked any real substance. At the same time, I began to delve into why I had a belief in a god, just what was my "evidence"? I realised that my "evidence" was all based on feeling, personal experience, nothing that was tangible at all.
From there I read, and read, and read and I will keep reading. Taking into account Bart Ehrman's comments, I shy away from saying I am a definite atheist. After being so confident that I KNEW the "truth" I don't want to be so arrogant again. I would say I'm agnostic atheist (and I will think more about Bart's comments because I do like his distinguishing between faith and knowledge) but I will say I'm definitely anti-theist. If there was some higher being it is definitely NOT the god described in the bible. Reading the bible now without the apologetics (yo dubstepped!) I could not admire or respect such a despicable character as YHWH.
Hope my thoughts add a little to your research and ponderings and again, well done you for asking the questions - keep asking, there is so much to learn about and never be afraid to continue adjusting and reshaping your conclusions. The world is your oyster!