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What's Buzzworthy: Coming-of-Age Novels

What's Buzzworthy: Coming-of-Age Novels

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

Little Women
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.

Jane Eyre
Bookmarked by steen, this is another tried-and-true classic. It's a story in which the protagonist really grows and changes from start to finish, and it's wonderful to grow with her.

All the Buzzworthied coming-of-age novels:

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abbi12 abbi12 8 years
All great choices. Harper Lee certainly sets the standard. A little bit of an older coming of age to add to the list is WALDEN by Michael Dolan - came out in the last year or two. Worth a read.
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 9 years
loved to kill a mockingbird and i'm about to read jane eyre
Casimira Casimira 9 years
I haven't read The Garcia Girls but will put it on my list. Another fantastic choice (sorry I missed this post, I've been on vacation)is Summer of My German Soldier which I read for school, but I still own a copy of it today. One of my favorite books of all time. My Antonia is a great choice as well. I adore Willa Cather.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
Thanks for the mention Buzz
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
The Garcia Girls was one of my fav. books I read in my female literature class. I loved it. And mockingbird is just a classic that everyone should own.
muchacha muchacha 9 years
I love all of your selections.. couldn't pick just one!
spacebear spacebear 9 years
I loved all the above books. I remember reading my sisters copy of Are You There God. It was a little out of date for me then, but it was still a great story.
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Great choices, ladies!
sugababee sugababee 9 years
meg cabot is a great author
sugababee sugababee 9 years
i heard about jane eyre in the princess diaries books by meg cabot
sugababee sugababee 9 years
i need to read these books they sound so interesting
xo_verity xo_verity 9 years
I love "Jane Eyre" - One of my favourites :)
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
I remember reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Are You There God? It's me Margaret" in school, and they're still on my list of faves.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
Those are some great books."To Kill A Mockingbird" is one of my favorites.
girlnamedRoo girlnamedRoo 9 years
I always hated reading books that were assigned in school but I really did enjoy "To Kill A Mockingbird." Also, Wally Lamb's "She's Come Undone" is a really good book as well.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I love "To Kill A Mockingbird." It's such a classic!
missyosigirl missyosigirl 9 years
wow, thanks for the mention buzz! eventhough i don't have any comment about the book i bookmarked, so sorry for that. and you are so right! are you there god, it's me margarert is a necessity! it may be dated already when i make my daughter read it, but the experience will still be the same :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
lots of good choices to pick up from the library next time!
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 9 years
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