Adolescence and Growing Up

31 Dec

Below is a list of potential related texts for a unit on adolescence and growing up:

  1. Dead Poets Society (film, trailer here)
  2. The Breakfast Club (film)
  3. Mean Girls (film)
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower  by Stephen Chbosky (novel)
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green (novel)
  6. The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green (novel)
  7. The Secret Life of Bees  by Sue Monk Kidd (novel)
  8. Billy Elliot  (film)
  9. An Abundance of Katherines  by John Green (novel)
  10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (novel)
  11. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)
  12. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (novel)
  13. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (novel)
  14. Juno  (film)
  15. Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare (or any of the numerous appropriations and adaptations)
  16. Bambi (film)
  17. The Lion King  (film)
  18. Precious (film)
  19. When I am gone‘ by Shel Silverstein (poem)
  20. Your World‘ by Georgia Douglas Johnson (poem)
  21. If –‘ by Rudyard Kipling (poem)
  22. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (television series)
  23. Gilmore Girls (television series)
  24. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (novel)
  25. Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet (novel)
  26. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (novel)
  27. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (novel).

Students should also check out Coming of Age Books, a website, for further suggestions.

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