Best Coming of Age Books
Best of the genre for both adults and young adults
1 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,492,322 ratings
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2 Cheeseland
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 55 ratings
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3 Magic America
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 67 ratings
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4 To Kill a Mockingbird
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,061,823 ratings
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5 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 574,090 ratings
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6 The Secret Life of Bees
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 740,245 ratings
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7 Sphere of Power (Chronicles...
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4.89 of 5 stars 4.89 avg rating — 9 ratings
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7 The Wayward Gifted: Broken ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 71 ratings
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9 Veil of Deception (Chronicl...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 5 ratings
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10 Once upon a Road Trip (Once...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 265 ratings
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11 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 226,448 ratings
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12 The Book Thief
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 664,391 ratings
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12 Rooftops of Tehran
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 3,850 ratings
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14 To Kill a Mockingbird
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,061,823 ratings
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15 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 821,689 ratings
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16 We Hope You Like This Song:...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 169 ratings
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17 About a Boy
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 89,937 ratings
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18 Siddhartha
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 267,718 ratings
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19 The Fault in Our Stars
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 1,137,810 ratings
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20 Portrait of a Girl Running ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 39 ratings
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21 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 430,688 ratings
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22 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,229,797 ratings
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23 Little Women (Little Women,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 964,186 ratings
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24 Into the Wild
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 427,134 ratings
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25 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 73,709 ratings
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26 The Sunset Strip Diaries
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 114 ratings
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26 Spilled Coffee
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 15 ratings
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28 Tuck Everlasting
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 131,379 ratings
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29 On the Road
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 205,567 ratings
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29 The Virgin Suicides
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 125,770 ratings
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31 The Basketball Diaries
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 14,722 ratings
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32 Looking for Alaska
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 419,669 ratings
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33 A Day No Pigs Would Die
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 6,160 ratings
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33 33 Days: Touring In A Van. ...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 78 ratings
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35 33 Days: Touring In A Van. ...
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35 Lovers and Beloveds
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 185 ratings
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35 Ada: Legend of a Healer
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 117 ratings
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35 A Lost Argument
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 39 ratings
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35 Checker and the Derailleurs
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 179 ratings
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35 Among the Jimson Weeds (Run...
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35 Let Me Wear Your Coat
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 8 ratings
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35 Secrets in the Dark (Chimer...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings
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35 Starting Over
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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35 The Keeper of Dawn
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 103 ratings
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35 Mushroom Satori: The Cult D...
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings
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35 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 26,171 ratings
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35 Angel
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 13 ratings
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35 I Heart Ed Small
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 267 ratings
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35 Creating Monsters
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 44 ratings
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35 Torn by God: A Family's Str...
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 42 ratings
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35 Summer Sisters
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 56,035 ratings
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35 I am David
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 5,036 ratings
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35 The Life of Ely
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4.91 of 5 stars 4.91 avg rating — 11 ratings
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35 Dream Tiger
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35 Grasshopper Jungle
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,655 ratings
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35 French Illusions: My Story ...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 145 ratings
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35 Fireflies
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 18 ratings
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35 The Hungry Wolves of Van Di...
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59 Worlds Apart: The Autobiogr...
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59 Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 49,704 ratings
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59 Portrait of a Protégé (Port...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12 ratings
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59 Loving Geordie
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 11 ratings
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59 The Cement Garden
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 12,174 ratings
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64 Twisted
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22,494 ratings
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64 The Unseen
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3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 143 ratings
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64 The Icarus Girl
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 1,602 ratings
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67 Smiles to Go
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 3,336 ratings
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67 The Green Glass Sea
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 3,729 ratings
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69 Black Swan Green
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 18,844 ratings
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70 Jim the Boy
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,888 ratings
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71 Lullabies for Little Criminals
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 9,376 ratings
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72 Ella Minnow Pea
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 15,033 ratings
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73 Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 11,949 ratings
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74 The Bean Trees
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 82,004 ratings
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75 The Fine Wisdom and Perfect...
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 33 ratings
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76 Juniper Tree Burning
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 233 ratings
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77 Ham on Rye
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 39,799 ratings
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78 Bad Haircut: Stories of the...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,298 ratings
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♥ Marlene♥ There are so many books on this list that are totally not suited. Apparently people do not know what coming of age means. Too bad cause I so want to get some recommendations. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume that is a coming of age book. We see 2 fiends growing up to being adults and all their problems. Lord of The Flies? bah. Sphere of Power is a YA fantasy book and part of a series. Oh well. I will try to find the pearls in this list cause I think they are there.

A coming-of-age story is a genre of literature and film that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood. Into The Wild is a great book but not suited


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