34 Best Coming-of-Age Books to Read Now

34 Best Coming-of-Age Books to Read Now

Coming-of-age books are some of my all-time favourite reads. The best coming-of-age books are all on our ultimate list. This list of new and best coming-of-age books is better than the movies! If you are looking for a book that tells a story about growing up, there is bound to be one here for you to enjoy. The coming-of-age theme is one that is popular in YA books. So get your TBR list ready to add some of our favourite coming-of-age novels. We recommend them all!

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Last Updated: April 21. 2023

Coming-of-Age Books

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

3. Normal People by Sally Rooney

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9. Circe by Madeline Miller

10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

11. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

12. Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls

13. I’ll Stop the World by Lauren Thoman

14. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

15. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

16. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

17. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

18. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

19. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

20. The Giver by Lois Lowry

21. The Absolutely True Tale of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

22. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

23. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

24. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

25. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

26. Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn ward

27. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

28 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

29. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

30. Call Me by Your Name by André Asiman

31. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

32. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

33. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

34. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Coming-of-Age Books

Coming-of-age books are the best reads to understand the issues of growing up. If you are a fan of Goodreads, we have a shelf for our favourite coming-of-age books to check out. What are some of your favourite bildungsroman novels? Let us know in the comments!


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