Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age stories

Snow falling in spring : coming of age in China during the cultural revolution

by Moying Li-Marcus

DPL Rating:
4

"Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened one night, in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself. I was twelve years old."

You look different in real life

by Jennifer Castle

Justine used to be the sassy breakout star of the "Five At..." documentaries, but at 16 and with the next installment due to be filmed, she feels she's failed to live up to everyone's expectations of her, including her own. She has no boyfriend, no ambition, and she doesn't really...

Noggin

by John Corey Whaley

DPL Rating:
5

16 year old Travis is dying of leukemia so his family makes the shocking decision to cut off his head and freeze it in case technology can someday bring him back. He's not ready to go but he's tired. He's leaving behind his parents, his best friend Kyle and worst...

There will be bears

by Ryan Gebhart

DPL Rating:
3

13 year old Tyson can't wait for his hunting trip with his grandpa Gene. He wants to get his own elk and prove he's tough like his beloved grandpa. But the weekend they are supposed to go Tyson's dad tells him they are moving grandpa into an assisted living facility...

The age of miracles : a novel

by Karen Thompson Walker

DPL Rating:
4

A slowly-unfolding story of the earth's days lengthening told by an 11 year old girl. This is not the in-your-face apocalypse novel that I've become accustomed to. It's really the story of growing up and learning about the frailties of relationships and social constructs in the midst of a time...

Finlater : a novel

by Shawn Stewart Ruff

DPL Rating:
5

A coming of age story narrated by Cliffy Douglas and set in 1970s Cincinnati.  One of my favorite "first novel by a writer"…truly remarkable writing.

Stealing Buddha's dinner : a memoir

by Bich Minh Nguyen

DPL Rating:
4

I like coming-of-age stories and enjoy them even more when you have clashes of both culture and parental units.  Nguyen uses humor to diffuse the pain of growing up Vietnamese in 1970's Michigan.

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