Perhaps this genre of literature might have been more appropriate in the spring when everything was growing and changing, but summertime is great for coming-of-age novels as well. These novels are popular because they're so universal — everyone knows what it's like to suddenly feel hurried out of childhood and into the awkward new stages of becoming an adult.
Some of these books speak to us more than others, however, so tell me which ones you've found funniest, most interesting or most touching. For me this genre immediately makes me think of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a book I must have read five or six times.
I'll post some readers' picks here next week. You can also now make a list of your picks. Here are mine:
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