Hi, welcome back to another weekly article.This weeks theme is Coming Of Age

As usual everyone has chosen 1-2 books with the theme.

For those of you that don’t know what that is, here is a little explanation : I would explain it as that time when you are about 16/17/18 years old, you are no longer a child but you’re also not an adult. You are just on the verge of adulthood. And often around this age life changes a lot, it’s hard adjusting as it is. Often in this book there are other things going on like family problems, love and friends which makes the whole thing even harder.

What’s so good about it : It’s so freaking relatable, you can almost always relate to these types of books. The feelings that most of these characters go through are all normal feelings that we feel. It’s something we all go through growing up. Either you are at this stage of life right now, or it brings back a nostalgic feeling.

Linn @iwannabelovedagain

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father. But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories.
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Okay, I think most of us know who Sarah Dessen is, most of her books are just average and to be honest boring. And I’ve read a bunch of her books but none is as good as this one. It’s one of my favorite books ever. I love how Macy (the mc) has the perfect life, then her dad dies, and her family never processes it, never talks about it. They just work and ignore it, and then that summer it all starts breaking. And they are all forced to deal with it. I truly love this book. It's a great coming of age book where the MC has to deal with change. And the side characters are so well written, I wish I could read a book just about them.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know… Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world. Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures. In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.
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I haven’t read this yet, but I will soon. I got it at a second hand shop like 2 weeks ago, and I’ve wanted to read it. I saw a tiktok a few days ago where this girl talked about some of her favorite coming of age books and this was one of them.

Alex @lifewithgrace

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard. But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
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This is one of my favourite classics of all time and I always recommend it when I get the chance. Other than being an incredible romance story, this is also the story of the journey of a girl becoming a woman. We follow Jane Eyre from when she was a child into when she becomes a woman who supports herself throughout all the hardships life has brought her.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The story follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. It is loosely based on the lives of the author and her three sisters. Scholars classify it as an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical novel.
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If you like coming of age stories Little Women is a must. You will most likely identify with at least one of the four sisters. Watching them grow up with such different personalities and passions is very inspiring but also very relatable. It’s just an amazing story and I highly recommend you read it if you haven’t already.

Paula @twistingmiracles_

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
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When John Green's books were the thing a few years ago I used to read a lot of his works, this one being one of my favourites. Honestly, the first time I read it I stopped and I was very mad at some things that happened in the story, but please, don't do what my fourteen year old self did. I think it's one of those books that give you a different perspective depending on when you're reading it, I think of it very differently now that I'm older. The whole book is completely worth the read, it's funny, nostalgic, romantic, you have a bit of everything.

Mélissa @melissa_d1008

Boys of summer by Jessica Brody
Best friends since they were kids, Grayson, Mike, and Ian were hoping for another epic summer on “The Locks”, filled with clam bakes, bonfires, and late-night swims in the ocean. But that was before Ian’s dad never returned home from his last deployment. Before Mike had to take on more responsibility in order to help provide for his family. Before Grayson’s accident left him with an injured throwing arm and an uncertain future.
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What is interesting about this book is that instead of following one character as in traditionals coming of age stories, we actually follow three. Indeed, we read about the summer of three friends as they are navigating through family problems and love stories but also thinking about their future and discovering themselves, and how all of it impacts their friendship throughout the season.
In search of us by Ava Dellaira
This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.
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Once again, two coming of age stories in one book. I thought it was really interesting because we follow Marilyn in her coming of age and we then see her through the eyes of her daughter. This enables us to have a clear grasp on Marilyn’s character and it’s unusual to follow the characters after their coming of age and see what they became after and how we can explain it.

Savvy @realfloridagirlsavvy

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them.
But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.
Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye.
And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.
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After years of spending every single day of their lives together, four female young adult best friends are each forced in different directions to grow on their own for a whole summer. Whilst dealing with loss, heartbreak, and change all in different places, a pair of jeans holds them all together. This book is both fun and heartbreaking at the same time, and I think it's one of those popular books that everybody should give a shot, just to try it and see what the hype is about. The four characters have such creative personalities in a way that's designed for everyone to be able to relate to at least one of them on a personal level-it was Bridget for me. :)

Sera @out_for_a_walk_b7tch

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the Greasers are perpetually at odds with the Socials, a rival group. When Greasers Ponyboy and Johnny get into a brawl that ends in the death of a Social member, the boys are forced to go into hiding. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with the intense Dallas and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.
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I first read this all the way back in early middle school. At the time, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have (mostly because I hated it being read aloud while I was reading way further in my head) but looking back, I appreciate it so much more. It’s truly one of the best coming of age novels ever written in my opinion. It’s beautiful, and hopeful and so, so tragic. It’s a roller coaster of emotions. Anyone that’s read it will understand what I mean when I say the ending was Dally is the saddest and more heart wrenching scene in any book I’ve ever read. Even after all these years, I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s that memorable. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone but especially people wanting to get more into classics. It’s short, the language is easy to understand, but most of all...it’s an incredibly captivating story.

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