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(Short List)   The 30 best coming-of-age novels. 87.8% are set during a "balmy summer"   (shortlist.com ) divider line
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2013-04-18 11:22:35 AM  
Except for Jane Eyre, you know the one where her first year at school half the school dies after of tuberculosis a long harsh winter.
 
2013-04-18 12:08:03 PM  
I don't see how A Clockwork Orange is a coming-of-age story....
 
2013-04-18 12:09:41 PM  
So, the list starts with a little bit of the old ultra violence? I didn't ever think of Clockwork Orange as a coming of age novel, and thus will close the browser on this slideshow.
 
2013-04-18 12:10:49 PM  

xnecron: I don't see how A Clockwork Orange is a coming-of-age story....


Maybe because he came inside an older woman?
 
2013-04-18 12:18:41 PM  
A Clockwork Orange isn't very good.
 
2013-04-18 12:20:02 PM  

highbrow45: A Clockwork Orange isn't very good.


It in fact sucks. If it came out today, people would be all like

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2013-04-18 12:20:57 PM  

Fano: So, the list starts with a little bit of the old ultra violence? I didn't ever think of Clockwork Orange as a coming of age novel, and thus will close the browser on this slideshow.


Have you actually read the book?
 
2013-04-18 12:21:03 PM  

xnecron: I don't see how A Clockwork Orange is a coming-of-age story....


The book definintely is. The last chapter (which Kubrick's movie skipped) is Alex, a few years later, realizing that he's outgrown his taste for violence.
 
2013-04-18 12:33:02 PM  
Sundresses.

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2013-04-18 12:34:43 PM  
Sooo 3.66 of those novels take place in the winter months?
 
2013-04-18 12:35:55 PM  
Balmy summer?  I want to read the 12.2% of them that are take place all in one sultry night.
 
2013-04-18 12:37:49 PM  
A lot of these books were written in the last decade. I thought "coming of age" was something that only happened to postwar British schoolboys and american farm kids shocked at the turbulence of the 60s.
 
2013-04-18 12:39:39 PM  
list is worthless without Alexei Panshin (1968). Rite of Passage
 
2013-04-18 12:48:32 PM  

Uzzah: xnecron: I don't see how A Clockwork Orange is a coming-of-age story....

The book definintely is. The last chapter (which Kubrick's movie skipped) is Alex, a few years later, realizing that he's outgrown his taste for violence.


Quite true. Also, Alex is much younger in the book and does change considerably. Kubrick really took the story in other directions.

I was surprised that there was nothing on the list from Judy Blume. She nailed feminine adolescence.
 
2013-04-18 12:53:11 PM  
Amazing Fantasy #15, 1963, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

The difference between that and the others is that most people who are actually coming of age actually know that story.
 
2013-04-18 12:58:14 PM  

bill4935: Balmy summer?  I want to read the 12.2% of them that are take place all in one sultry night.


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2013-04-18 12:59:45 PM  
I really enjoyed with Rats Saw God because I could identify with the main character.

The article's reasons for putting it on the list kinda sucked.
 
2013-04-18 01:05:31 PM  
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2013-04-18 01:11:04 PM  

madgonad: Uzzah: xnecron: I don't see how A Clockwork Orange is a coming-of-age story....

The book definintely is. The last chapter (which Kubrick's movie skipped) is Alex, a few years later, realizing that he's outgrown his taste for violence.

Quite true. Also, Alex is much younger in the book and does change considerably. Kubrick really took the story in other directions.


That is kind baked into the book, being 21 chapters roughly divided into the 3 stages of development, arriving into adulthood at 21.
 
2013-04-18 01:20:01 PM  
List fails without Summer of '42. It would have raised the balminess to 88.2%
 
2013-04-18 01:41:02 PM  
Is Hatchet in there?
 
2013-04-18 01:51:37 PM  
so a list of books that current English classes will never choose over the "classics" I was forced to read?

Great Gatsby has to be great, it has great in the title. right, right?  Or the Catcher in the Rye.

One of my favorites was "A Separate Peace" but not for the regular reasons, for in my mind, Phineas was black.  IIRC, there was a passage describing Phineas as tan skinned, athletic and great at sports, always getting into trouble.  I thought that was the authors polite way of saying Phineas was black.  Which made the story much more interesting in my mind and more confused when they cast a white actor as Phineas in a movie.

/still think my version is better.
 
2013-04-18 02:08:42 PM  
 
2013-04-18 02:28:00 PM  
Who wants to come of age during the school year?
 
2013-04-18 02:37:36 PM  
Meh.  List fails without Le Grand Meaulnes.

/am I doing this right?
 
2013-04-18 02:47:47 PM  
Never Let me Go SUCKS. Its awful.
 
2013-04-18 02:49:45 PM  
Don't get the hate for A Clockwork Orange. I'll bet most people commenting on it never read the book, though. Those people who never had to learn Nadsat through context as they read along should STFU. I really enjoyed that book. If you had read it you would know it is a coming of age story.

Also, Black Swan Green is one of the better books I've read in the past few years. Mitchell has a real ear for language and writes beautifully. The Cloud Atlas is the best book I've read in the last decade, at least.
 
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2013-04-18 03:02:05 PM  
No "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn"?  Wtf?
 
2013-04-18 03:03:16 PM  
Knew it wouldn't take long to see Momma.


Also, I've actually read Rule of the Bone.  Heck, if you assigned that to middle-schoolers in 50 states, you'd have 100% literacy in a year. That was a damn good book, goddammit.
 
2013-04-18 03:05:20 PM  
No Romeo & Juliet?
 
2013-04-18 03:23:13 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com

Say's so right on the cover.
 
2013-04-18 03:23:19 PM  
I thought there would me more than one S.E. Hinton book on list.
 
2013-04-18 03:43:52 PM  
It's too bad that I can't read.
 
2013-04-18 03:53:03 PM  
Great Expectations 35 years since I had to read it. Seen it in film a couple times.
Still don't "get it".
 
2013-04-18 04:35:57 PM  

madgonad: Uzzah: xnecron: I don't see how A Clockwork Orange is a coming-of-age story....

The book definintely is. The last chapter (which Kubrick's movie skipped) is Alex, a few years later, realizing that he's outgrown his taste for violence.

Quite true. Also, Alex is much younger in the book and does change considerably. Kubrick really took the story in other directions.

I was surprised that there was nothing on the list from Judy Blume. She nailed feminine adolescence.


And Jerry Spinelli did a nice job for boys.
 
2013-04-18 04:41:50 PM  

mcreadyblue: No Romeo & Juliet?


thats more of a plot outline for a jerry springer show than a coming of age story.

the whole thing takes place over the course of a week. they killed themselves over a teenaged infactuation, unapproving parents, and a rushed wedding.

seems more of a cautionary tale than a love story. but then old billy really wrote more for the bawdy masses.
 
2013-04-18 04:42:39 PM  

Hyjamon: so a list of books that current English classes will never choose over the "classics" I was forced to read?

Great Gatsby has to be great, it has great in the title. right, right?  Or the Catcher in the Rye.

One of my favorites was "A Separate Peace" but not for the regular reasons, for in my mind, Phineas was black.  IIRC, there was a passage describing Phineas as tan skinned, athletic and great at sports, always getting into trouble.  I thought that was the authors polite way of saying Phineas was black.  Which made the story much more interesting in my mind and more confused when they cast a white actor as Phineas in a movie.

/still think my version is better.


I like that idea. I tend to think that Phineas could be any marginalized figure/group. But your idea could be a good way of interpreting it.
 
2013-04-18 04:47:55 PM  
perks of being a wallflower was good. a little underwhelming but good.

great expectations... was dickens.

catcher in the rye... i wanted very badly to punch holden in the junk more or less the entire time i read the book.
 
2013-04-18 04:48:27 PM  

French Rage: And Jerry Spinelli did a nice job for boys.


I had completely forgotten about reading "Maniac Magee" until you mentioned this author.
 
2013-04-18 04:50:11 PM  
A couple of my favorites from my youth:
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and
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2013-04-18 05:12:47 PM  

Zafler: French Rage: And Jerry Spinelli did a nice job for boys.

I had completely forgotten about reading "Maniac Magee" until you mentioned this author.


Also "Space Station Seventh Grade".
 
2013-04-18 05:15:07 PM  
I would've thought at least one book by Paul Zindel or Judy Blume would be on the list.  And no "Summer of '42"?
 
2013-04-18 06:23:20 PM  
The Opening of Misty Beethoven?
 
2013-04-18 06:33:49 PM  

madgonad: I was surprised that there was nothing on the list from Judy Blume. She nailed feminine adolescence.


That's what I was thinking.
 
2013-04-18 07:21:30 PM  
...Where are
A Separate Peace
Dandelion Wine
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

Really? :/

I get my first two choices are entirely subjective, but "Tree" should not have been passed over.
 
2013-04-18 07:35:14 PM  

Cortez the Killer: bill4935: Balmy summer?  I want to read the 12.2% of them that are take place all in one sultry night.

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This is what I came here for. Owen loves his Mama!
 
2013-04-18 08:46:18 PM  
www.oldchildrensbooks.com

/sort of
 
2013-04-18 09:48:39 PM  
Written for a younger audience then many of these, but "A day no pigs would die" is still one of my favourite stories about growing up.
 
2013-04-18 11:01:07 PM  
1year100books.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-18 11:40:32 PM  

Halfmast Trousers: [1year100books.files.wordpress.com image 825x1393]


Large print book?
 
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