My Top Seven Coming of Age Novels

Coming-of-age stories are a genre of literature that focuses on the growth of a person from youth to adulthood. These stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and are often set in the past. These seveb books are my top coming of age novels. seven novels that if you have’t read.. well you need to get on that 🙂 Have you got some good ones you want to share with me? I’d love to hear from you all.

‘When a child first catches adults out – when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just – his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone.’
John Steinbeck, East of Eden 

Little Woman 

by Louisa May Alcott

Year: 1868

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  1. I need to finally read it The Virgin Suicides and Little Women oh and also Steinbeck maybe I should just read the whole list 😂 I am always looking for a good Coming of Age … You should definitely read The Goldfinch it’s one of my favourite

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  2. I just recently got The Outsiders. I have seen the movie already but I have never read the book. Also I have tried reading To Kill a Mockingbird but couldn’t get into it. I will definitely be giving it another shot though. I also have Little Women on my shelf but I have yet to read it.

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  3. Great list! East of Eden is my favorite novel, and definitely deserves a spot on a coming of age list. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is another really powerful American coming of age story.

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