Looking to fill your book bingo Coming of Age square? Check out one of these titles, in which characters confront confusing situations and pursue big dreams as they enter adulthood.
White Ivy by Susie Yang
As a teenager, Chinese-American Ivy is caught between the disapproval and harsh parenting style of her parents, and the love of a grandmother who teaches her how to steal to acquire the trappings of success. As an adult, Ivy reencounters her teenage crush, golden boy Gideon Speyer, and sees a chance to realize her youthful dreams, even as past secrets threaten to derail her.
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
In 1989, the Danvers (MA) high school field hockey team dabbles in some light witchcraft in order to get to the state championships. Structured as a group story, told from a collective perspective, each character also has a chance to narrate. This is full of sly humor, 80s cultural references, and whip smart girls figuring it all out.
Shiner by Amy Jo Burns
Teenage Wren lives an isolated life in the West Virginia mountains with her father Briar, a snake-handling preacher, and mother Ruby. Her life is nearly cloistered, although Ruby’s best friend Ivy and moonshiner Flynn live nearby. As Wren struggles to imagine a different life, an accident unleashes long buried secrets and prompts rebellion.
Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff
In 1990s Wisconsin Northwoods, 10-year-old best friends Fish and Bread believe they have accidentally murdered Bread’s abusive father and decide to escape via the woods and a swollen river with dangerous rapids. A search party of four adults frantically forms, as they all race toward a dangerous waterfall.
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
On New Year’s Even 1982, 18-year-old Oona Lockhart is at a personal crossroads. But when the clock strikes midnight, Oona faints and awakens decades in the future, in the body of her older self. Jumping to a new age each New Year’s, Oona grapples with constantly changing circumstances and discovers relationships that anchor her.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
A big summer is in store for 19-year-old Juliet Palante, as she finishes her first year of college, tells her Bronx Puerto Rican family that she is a lesbian and has a girlfriend, and then leaves for Portland, OR to intern for her favorite feminist author Harlowe Brisbane.
For even more suggestions, check out the booklist Book Bingo NW 2021: Coming of Age.
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~ posted by Andrea G.