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.

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
Crush (Awkward, #3)
Boy Shattered
Home and Away
The Story of Us
One Step Back
My Real Name Is Hanna
Summer Bird Blue
Meet the Sky
The War Outside
When Elephants Fly
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
The Opposite of Innocent
Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Split Tooth
Where the Crawdads Sing
Pain (Curse of the Gods, #5)
The Hate U Give
The Great Alone
Little Fires Everywhere
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)
Turtles All the Way Down
Everything I Never Told You
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
Winter Loon
Beartown (Beartown, #1)
The Immortalists
Normal People
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Heart of Aleppo by Ammar HabibThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Coming of Age Books for Adult Readers
163 books — 393 voters
Easy by Tammara WebberBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireSlammed by Colleen HooverThoughtless by S.C. StephensWhere She Went by Gayle Forman
New Adult Literature
1,398 books — 2,395 voters

Magic America by C.E. MedfordStarlet's Web by Carla J. HannaBroken Point by Donna K. ChildreeOnce Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. BlountThe Conditions of Love by Dale M. Kushner
Coming of Age Booklist
62 books — 68 voters
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
413 books — 505 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Giver by Lois LowryThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Coming of Age Stories
628 books — 605 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 Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)
The Outsiders
Eleanor & Park
Paper Towns
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
The Giver
The Secret Life of Bees

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