Wow, I thought I knew a lot of great coming-of-age novels, but this week's Buzzworthy challenge proved how many great-looking titles I have missed out on. Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge — I now have a nice, long list to bring with me to the bookstore this weekend! Here are some of the titles that looked the most intriguing to me (or that I've also read and enjoyed), followed by the full list of everyone's suggestions:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Mainly Obsessed bookmarked this classic Southern coming-of-age tale with this comment: "I don't know anyone who has read this book and hasn't loved it. I mean Boo Radley for god sakes!"
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
I have actually read this book, and absolutely loved it. melyshka says this about her suggestion: "This might not be the 'typical' coming of age novel, but for those of us who grew up Latina in the U.S., and especially for those of us who lost the language of our ancestors in the process, this one hit particularly hard for me."
Three more highlighted picks and the full list if you read more
This is a great example of a coming-of-age novel, and was bookmarked by both smorzalli and tdamji. About her pick, tdamji writes, "This is a classic coming of age novel about Josephine (Jo) March and her 3 sisters, growing up in New England. Written from Jo's perspective, this endearing novel tells of the struggle and triumph of the young women as they deal with their own character flaw (Meg — vanity, Jo — Quick Temper, Beth — Shyness, Amy — Selfishness)."
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
I don't care if this book, suggested by missyosigirl, has been spoofed left and right, I think it's a necessity for every girl's collection of coming-of-age novels. Judy Blume is a master at describing the adolescent experience.
All the Buzzworthied coming-of-age novels: