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

She Drives Me Crazy
Gold Diggers
In Deeper Waters
All the Children Are Home
The Sky Blues
When Stars Rain Down
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
Leonora in the Morning Light
The Happiest Girl in the World: A Novel
Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good
Raft of Stars
Body of Stars
Where the Crawdads Sing
Normal People
When We Believed in Mermaids
We Begin at the End
The Dutch House
The Great Alone
Shuggie Bain
Conversations with Friends
West with Giraffes
My Dark Vanessa
Firekeeper's Daughter
The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1)
This Tender Land
The Beekeeper's Promise
Stitch by Samantha DurantePoison Study by Maria V. SnyderAngelfall by Susan EeSeeds of Discovery by Breeana PuttroffPoint of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
Hidden Gems of the Young Adult Genre
633 books — 793 voters
Magic America by C.E. MedfordThe Conditions of Love by Dale M. KushnerStarlet's Web by Carla J. HannaBroken Point by Donna K. ChildreeOnce Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. Blount
Coming of Age Booklist
75 books — 86 voters

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Fault in Our Stars by John GreenLord of the Flies by William Golding
Coming of Age Tales To Tackle Adulthood
119 books — 178 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Outsiders by S.E. HintonThe Giver by Lois Lowry
Coming of Age Stories
706 books — 721 voters

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesFifty Shades Darker by E.L. JamesBared to You by Sylvia DayFifty Shades Freed by E.L. JamesBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Not Your Mother's Romance Novel
452 books — 537 voters
Easy by Tammara WebberBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireSlammed by Colleen HooverThoughtless by S.C. StephensWhere She Went by Gayle Forman
New Adult Literature
3,943 books — 3,897 voters

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

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