What are the best coming-of-age literature?

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    Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.


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    Timothy Wong
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "High school is a very awkward time in a lot of kids lives. This book can be a great coming of age piece for the young lady who feels she has no voice in this world. This book is a great example of how courage is often a tool we must learn to develop in our time in this world. The main character deals with a lot, but learns to find her voice in the the story."
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    #2The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd depicts loss and betrayal. This book was a New York Times bestseller and has won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In 2008, this novel was turned into a movie.


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    Larry Bell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Secret Life of Bees is a bestseller and one of the most engaging novels that I have ever read. The characters and settings just jump off the page as the author tells a story of loss and betrayal. Not only has this novel won several awards, but it has been turned into a movie as well."
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    #3Emma in the Night

    Emma in the Night

    Emma in the Night is a coming-of-age novel written by best-selling author Wendy Walker. It was released in August 2017. It is about sisters who disappeared for three years and only one returned to their home.


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    John Cao
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I am a proud fan of young adult books. Emma in the Night is the best coming of age book I have read all year. Hold on, because the twists and turns are crazy!"
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    #4Thirteen Reasons Why

    Thirteen Reasons Why
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher narrates how Clay Jensen learns about the reasons why his classmate, workmate, and crush, Hannah Baker took her own life. Hannah Baker left cassette tapes so Clay and everyone involved could listen and discover why.

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    Roy Adams
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Thirteen Reasons Why is a very sad and interesting book to read. The whole situation in itself is terrible, but following the story as Clay listened to the tapes made for an interesting twist in the story. I had a difficult time stopping from reading this book as it was very good."
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Teresa Richardson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "It is here. 1984. Big Brother is watching us. Heck Big Brother is watching Big Brother. The is probably George Orwell's best work. So good in fact, if one searches one can find it for free on the Internet. But if you have a desire to read it in French, this is where you find it."
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    #6The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.

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    Yao Duan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love this graphic narrative. Marjane Satrapi's use of illustrations to write about her life growing up in Iran was a fantastic way to learn about what life was like for people living in Iran during the revolution. Excellent work."
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    #7Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Cheryl Young
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "One of my favorite books. I have read this several times over the last 15 years and enjoy it each time. It is a sci-fi story that very much reads like a "Harry Potter" coming of age story so I am sure Potter heads will love it too. There is a twist at the end I NEVER saw coming when I first read it in High School. I even named my cat Ender Wiggins to honor my favorite book character. Yes, there is a movie, and if you never read the book you will enjoy it but to be honest I enjoyed the movie more having read the book. That is rare, but it gave great visuals for what was hard to imagine in the book."
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    #8The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Diana Austin
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Fault in Our Stars does a wonderful job at telling how teenager feel and what they are going through in life. There are many times in this novel that I cried but that is the way real life is also so in my opinion this book is pretty spot on."
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    #9My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult centers on Anna, who was conceived for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate, who is suffering from leukemia. Anna questions her life's purpose and starts to decide on her own.


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    Juan Schultz
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "My Sister's Keeper is a book written by Jodi Picoult that tells the story of a girl named Anna who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body. Anna is the daughter of parents who conceived her for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate."
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Joshua Watkins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Night was not as long as I expected it to be, but it was very powerful all the way through. You learn about some of the worst events in history. You will be glad you read it. "
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    #11Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Deborah Johnston
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a great book, especially now with the events going on in our world since the Trump administration took power. "
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    #12The House on Mango Street

    The House on Mango Street

    The House on Mango Street is a fictional young adult book written by Sandra Cisneros. This fictional young adult book was published on April 3, 2009 by Vintage.


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    Mary Gomez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is wonderful for young readers. I would recommend this to anyone with a young women in their lives. Great inspiration."
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    #13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

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    Lauren Castro
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This was a tough read for me. Foer is an excellent rider and the story is impeccably told; however, it is tragic, and not just one type of tragedy. Oskar's facing tragedy, his grandparents are forever marred by tragedy. It's just sad and I don't think I was ready for it."
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    #14Uglies (Uglies)

    Uglies (Uglies)

    Uglies is the first book in the young adult dystopian series Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld which centers on Tally who can't wait anymore to turn sixteen as she will have an operation to turn into a pretty girl.


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    Kelly Shaw
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Westerfield, in this dystopian novel, does a great job at informing readers that this may be what our world turns out to be if we continue to focus on the way we look on the outside. With stunning imagery, agonizing suspense, and relatable characters, Westerfield creates am undeniable page turning novel that no one can put down. And even when the book is back on its bookshelf collecting dust, the message of the story is carried with readers wherever their next adventure takes them."
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    #15The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning young adult novel by Sherman Alexie. It tells the story of Junior, a Spokane Indian who left the reservation to go to an all-white high school.


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    Ralph Walker
    Written on May 9, 2018
    ""The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" gives a glimpse in the modern non-white world of US citizens. Seeing the world from another perspective grants one with unparalelled access into the brains of those most discriminated against here."
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    #16Stony Kill

    Stony Kill
    Stony Kill is a contemporary literature written by Marie White Small which is about the life of Joss Ryckman after the sudden death of her mother. 

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    Magdalena Mora
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I felt like I could relate with Joss' plight. She has a lot to overcome and does it her own way. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but the book is still good."


Best What are the best coming-of-age literature
1SpeakBooks 34 Paid
2The Secret Life of BeesBooks 30 Paid
3Emma in the NightBooks 29 Paid
4Thirteen Reasons WhyBooks 26 Paid
51984Books 25 Paid
6The Complete PersepolisBooks 23 Paid
7Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 22 Paid
8The Fault in Our StarsBooks 20 Paid
9My Sister's KeeperBooks 18 Paid
10NightBooks 16 Paid

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