I’ve missed the last few Top 3 Thursday posts. One week, I was out-of-town; afterwards, it just kept slipping my mind. I’ll try to be more consistent, even when I don’t have the best answers.
That’s the case now, by the way. It’s not that I haven’t read any coming-of-age novels, or that I didn’t like any. The problem is that in lists like these, I prefer to include books that I constantly think about or, more importantly, ones that I enjoy rereading. And coming-of-age books can often be of a heavy nature. Hence why I don’t reread them. So I wasn’t sure which books to include. Except for the first one, which was a no-brainer.
1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
At this point, I don’t think anyone should be surprised to see me mention this book. I adored it when I first read it in 2016 and I just finished rereading it today and fell in love all over again. This is one of the cutest books I’ve read, while also being heartfelt and thought-provoking. I’m definitely going to be writing another review in the coming week, in which I will tell everyone that I think they should read it.
2. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
This one feels like a strange choice because it’s not exactly YA. It also has paranormal elements. But it still fits because it reads very much like a contemporary novel and because it’s about Moses trying to find himself. It’s set in two separate points in Moses’s life. First is when he’s a teenager and is in a very bad place. Second is him as an adult. It’s a beautiful story with gorgeous prose. Highly recommend.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
…And pretty writing too. But I just have to mention the cover; it’s really cool. But more important, the book is beautiful. It tells the story of a pair of twins who were very close, until stuff happened. This is also set at two points in their lives (ages 14 and 16). The best part is definitely how well-written the characters are, even if they’re not always likable. It’s a slow read, and an emotional one.
And that’s it for this kinda-recommendations list. I’m open to any suggestions of coming of age books that you love because I haven’t read many. Though maybe don’t recommend ones that are really heavy (emotionally). They make me sad and since I’m not fond of being sad, I don’t read such books too frequently.