Coming of age stories?

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Coming of age stories?

Post by Bearmouse » 20 Mar 2018, 11:15

Hi guys,
I'm looking for some coming-of-age stories about young characters. I don't mind any fantasy / sci-fi / romance / humorous / horror elements but at the same time not looking for a pure chick lit or a juvenile story. Even if the plot would be supernatural, I'd still want it and the characters to be believable and relatable. I cannot list any similar books because I simply don't know any, but TV shows like My So Called Life or a video game Life Is Strange come to mind.
From what I've seen on the forum so far, you guys are super knowledgeable so thanks in advance for any potential tips!

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Post by Libs_Books » 21 Mar 2018, 14:29

I'm not sure if you're looking for something that covers a span of years from childhood to adulthood, or looking for an account of a time in which someone 'grows up' in the sense of losing their childhood innocence, but you might like to consider Spies by Michael Frayn. It's narrated by an old man, looking back on an incident in his boyhood, in Britain, during the Second World War.

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Post by Bearmouse » 22 Mar 2018, 04:00

Sounds great, thank you.

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 22 Mar 2018, 05:03

A book that seems to have gone out of fashion, but I love - 'How Green was my Valley' by Richard Llywelyn about a child coming of age in a mining community in Wales. More in a fantasy vein, Ursula le Guin's books are evocative and moving.
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