Coming of Age: Fiction About Youth and Adolescence by Bruce Emra
50 Must-Read Coming-of-Age Books
The coming-of-age story, the so-called Bildungsroman in German, has been a popular genre for over a decade. One of the ultimate classics. The book was written in by American author J. The story follows teenage Holden Caulfield, as he wanders through New York after being kicked out of school, evading his parents and making plans of running away into the wild. The book still has a strong influence on modern day culture and has been referenced in film, television, literature, music and video games. Written by American writer Stephen Chbosky in , the story is set in the early 90s.
Where there are alienated teenagers there will be novelists not far behind. The journey from child to adult is a memorable one. No matter whether you traverse its choppy waves successfully or not, there is bound to be confusion, complexity and, of course, fun. As such this crossing — and just the essence of being a teenager — has long been a fascinating subject for writers. Some draw on their own experiences, some imagine alternative histories, the best will always provide succour for those in the middle of this maelstrom and perhaps nostalgia, and even answers, for those whose younger days are long gone. What follows are our 30 favourite coming-of-age novels, for where there are alienated youngsters and teenagers there will be novelists not far behind….
Sometimes the main character is just so real, you can see your younger self in their personality. So, attention adults adulting, and kids and teens adulting—you are not alone. I present to you this list of must-read coming of age books. So here goes, in no particular order. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
In genre studies , a coming-of-age story is a genre of literature , film , and video 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. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are typically teenagers. In film, coming of age is a genre of teen films. Coming-of-age films focus on the psychological and moral growth or transition of a protagonist from youth to adulthood. Personal growth and change is an important characteristic of this genre, which relies on dialogue and emotional responses, rather than action. The main character is typically male, around mid-teen and the story is often told in the form of a flashback.