It’s funny when I think about what was required for me in school in comparison to most others because I seemed to have missed out on a lot. I didn’t read The Crucible, Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest until a few years ago which are apparently common recommended reading. I think it was for the best though because I don’t feel I would have enjoyed them as much when I was younger (although I still didn’t care for Gatsby.)
When considering this topic, it was easy to focus on coming of age novels but I decided to throw in a few other genres that I felt were resonating reads that would (hopefully) be enjoyed and appreciated by a younger crowd.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Night (The Night Trilogy #1) by Elie Wiesel
Tales of Living and Survival
Coming of Age