Coming Of Age

A coming-of-age story is a genre of literature that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood ("coming of age"). Coming-of-age stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and are often set in the past or have adults looking back into the past. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are typically males in their mid teens, although sometimes females are the protagonists. Themes of maturation, acculturation, loss of innocence, wisdom and/or acumen, and worldliness are often present. Coming-of-age is a theme that fits multiple genres. ...more

My Last Innocent Year
Sink: A Memoir
Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir
Skull Water
Out of Character
The Long Run
On Air with Zoe Washington (Zoe Washington, #2)
A First Time for Everything
Afterglow (Golden Boys #2)
Wasps in the Ice Cream
As You Walk On By
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Every Summer After
Hello Beautiful
Demon Copperhead
Where the Crawdads Sing
Normal People
West with Giraffes
The Quarry Girls
I'll Stop the World
The Paper Palace
The Direction of the Wind
The Great Alone
This Time Tomorrow
My Dark Vanessa
The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyLooking for Alaska by John GreenSpeak by Laurie Halse AndersonThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
YA Realistic Fiction
558 books — 557 voters
A Thousand Moments by Kelly MoranKeeping the Moon by Sarah DessenA Theory of Expanded Love by Caitlin HicksThe Rise of the Phoenix by Mason SabreHaunted Tree by Scott Robert Scheller
My Leisurely Summer Reading List
103 books — 45 voters

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliCarry On by Rainbow RowellMore Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraNone of the Above by I.W. GregorioSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
2015 YA Books with LGBT Themes
209 books — 857 voters
The Secret History by Donna TarttThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerA Separate Peace by John KnowlesThe Sorrows of Young Mike by John ZelaznyThe Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer   Miller
School Novels
97 books — 142 voters

The Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Fault in Our Stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1)
Looking for Alaska
The Outsiders
Where the Crawdads Sing
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Eleanor & Park
Paper Towns
Little Women
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
The Giver (The Giver, #1)

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