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The 30 best coming-of-age novels

The journey from child to adult is a memorable one. No matter whether you traverse its choppy waves successfully or not, there is bound to be confusion, complexity and, of course, fun.

As such this crossing – and just the essence being a teenager – has long been a fascinating subject for writers. Some draw on their own experiences, some imagine alternative histories, the best will always provide succour for those in the middle of this maelstrom and perhaps nostalgia, and even answers, for those whose younger days are long gone.

What follows are our 30 favourite coming-of-age novels, for where there are alienated youngsters and teenagers there will be novelists not far behind…


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