Sunday Recommendations: Coming of Age Stories

As suggested by My Book-A-Logue, this week will be featuring some of my favourite coming-of-age stories! One of the most famous coming of age stories ever is probably Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, but since I’m not exactly a huge fan of this book, I will not talk about it. I also thought of John Green’s books, because most of them have that dimension: if you look at Paper Towns or Will Grayson, Will Grayson for example, they do talk about people growing up and accepting themselves for who they are, etc. But as I already talk about John Green a lot, I decided to try and find something a bit different.

Another famous choice in this list could be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but I decided to try and make this list a bit more personal, a bit less conventional, and  include personal picks. It includes books from different genres and different time periods as well as different countries, I hope you enjoy!

*****

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

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Genre: YA, Contemporary

Book blurb: Ezra Faulkner believes everyone gets a tragedy. After a car accident, he lost his athletic career and broke up with his girlfriend. He stopped talking to his friends, not feeling worthy of sitting with them at lunch, not ready to face them after such a big change in his life. He ends up going back to his ex best friend Toby, and meets new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

This book is about growing up, changing, and accepting those changes. It is about embracing yourself and your life as it is, and it is a really beautiful life lesson as well as a great story about friendship! And maybe it won’t have the ending you expected, but that’s what life is about, isn’t it?

My review

The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Genre: YA, Contemporary

Book blurb: Charlie is a wallflower. He is an introvert, and has a complicated past. He looks at things, he knows things, but he never takes part. However, things are on the verge of changing when he meets a senior group of friends and befriends them, and falls in love with the amazing Sam (who already has a boyfriend).

This book was truly amazing! Honestly, if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? It should be made a classic! It’s a beautiful and clever story of love and friendship, and becoming an adult even though life is never easy.

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Book blurb: While her (boring and predictable) boyfriend is away at Brain camp, Macy plans on spending the summer working at the library. It’s extremely boring, but she doesn’t mind, and plans on keeping it that way – it’s predictable, and it’s not risky, just how she likes things. But unexpected things start happening, and she ends up getting a job at Wish Catering. She even ends up enjoying it, and starts questioning her choices…

It’s a great story about making choices and taking risks, with friendship and romance, though not too cheesy… I loved it!

Winter Song by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Winter Song

Genre: YA, Dystopia

(Note: the French title is Le Combat d’Hiver and apparently it was also translated as Winter’s End)

Book blurb: Moving on to something a bit different, since this one is a dystopia (and also a book I never mentioned on my blog, which is great! I read it a long time ago, but I remember finding it truly amazing…)

Goodreads critic: In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope.

The Reader by Bernard Schlink

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Goodreads blurb: When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

This is such a beautiful and fascinating story. Through it, we see the main character growing up, learning more things, and realising more things, etc. It’s an extraordinary book!

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

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Genre: Fiction, Classics

Book blurb: The story takes place in Paris during the 19th century, and the hero is a journalist full of expectations. As much as I dislike his treatment of women, I think this book is an excellent critic of the Parisian society at the time!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Book blurb: Cath is entering college, and has prepared everything to enjoy her new life with her twin sister, except Wren decides she also wants to live a bit on her own, and Cath has to share her dorm room with a complete stranger. Feeding herself with energy bars and writing fanfictions about her favourite hero Simon Snow, Cath silently starts her college years. Until her roommate Reagan decides it’s time to get out of her room…

*****

And that’s it for this week! Feel free to comment with your favourite coming of age stories, and have a nice Sunday!

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