Recommendations Engine itcher On: Finding The Best Coming of Age Novels

At itcher, since we're a recommendations engine, we're all about finding your next great read. And with teenage angst, relationships and learning what it means to be a person, coming of age fiction is some of the most emotionally loaded literature out there.

Who wouldn't want to read such beautifully prosaic novels?

Today we're focussing on how you can find more coming of age novels and looking at some that can kick start your reading marathon.

How You Can Find Coming of Age Books

The itcher app will change the way you discover new books. If you've already read some coming of age novels and you're looking for new ones, you can!

Download the itcher app, set up a profile (easy peasy) and search for the books you've already read so you can rate them.

Once you've rated 5, you'll unlock your first set of book recommendations!

Get ready to do a whole lot of reading...

Where Should You Start with Coming of Age Fiction?

Here are a handful of books to get you started, handpicked by itcher's Community Manager, Kerry (that's me, hi!)

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

The tale of a teen suffering with mental health problems, It's Kind of a Funny Story will warm your heart, and break it, in equal measure.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

The pinnacle of what makes a good coming of age novel, quiet teens everywhere will relate to being the 'wallflower' at school - and will love seeing why it's not always a bad thing.

Looking For Alaska​ by John Green

Dealing with love, loss and death in your teenage years is hard to navigate, but Looking For Alaska - while poignant and gritty - is beautifully helpful and well paced.

The Kite Runner​ by Khaled Hosseini

Following the regrets of childhood, The Kit Runner is a true coming of age novel in that it follows the growth of Amir over his lifetime. An astonishingly beautiful novel, you'll never forget The Kite Runner.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire​ by JK Rowling

Discovering the opposite sex for the first time (and all the awkwardness that comes with it) and learning what it means to be brave is what Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire focusses on. Humorous and gripping in equal parts, one of the longer books of these recommendations but you'll adore every page.

Never Let Me Go​ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is a deep, honest look at what it means to be a person. In a world where people are raised for the sole purpose of aiding others to live longer, Kathy and her friends must find life in their numbered days.

What's Your Favourite Coming of Age Novel?

What's the most poignant thing a coming of age novel has taught you? Which authors excel in coming of age fiction? 

Let us know in the comments, and don't forget to download the itcher app!

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