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Breaking the Mold of Coming of Age Novels

Breaking the Mold of Coming of Age Novel...

Like many Americans, I grew up reading coming of age novels and I cut my teeth on Huckleberry Finn in Junior High School before graduating to S.E. Hinton and the emerging genre of the young adult novel. Nearly all of these books were coming of age novels.  If you are an author who is considering writing a coming of age novel, here is my perspective on the genre and how I have adapted it to my own purposes. Those who study literature have a name for many of these novels – the bildungsroman.  Some of the greatest works in literature fit within this category – Jane Eyre,...