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Coming of Age

Coming of age is a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. This transitional period varies between cultures, societies and religions. Some cultures and religions have official events to commemorate this milestone which usually involve both family and community, such as; Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation,Quinceanera and Sweet Sixteen.  The coming of age milestone is an important one, and can also be a difficult time for most young people, as well as their parents. 

Below are books on the theme which emphasize the problems or challenges associated with the transition and how young people deal with this milestone.



The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton  

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky  

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell    

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sainz

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon  

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson   

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon    

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albetalli 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier