Coming-of-age

Books

André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name

Coming-of-age romance between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver, over the course of a long, languorous Italian summer.
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Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

The tale of two friends, their love and hate for each other, in mid twentieth-century Naples.
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John Green

Looking For Alaska

A tale of a teenager’s first love, loss and friendship.
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Maya Angelou

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Autobiographical account of a young girl living in the South – in Stamps, Arkansas, facing poverty, racial discrimination and sexual abuse.
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Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Set in the 1900s, a tale of a young girl struggling from abuse, poverty and the dominance of her society.
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J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

Coming-of-age novel. A young adult, Holden Caulfield, recounts his adventures during the winter of 1951.
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Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

Coming-of-age tale of a poor orphan who climbs the social ladder and lusts after an apathetic girl.
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