Let's face it: growing up isn't easy, but reading about someone else's journey through childhood and those trying young adult years sure is fun. If you're looking to escape your own life by getting lost in someone else's, pick up a short coming-of-age novel you can finish this weekend. In less than 300 pages (minus one book, which clocks in at 304 pages), you'll witness the miraculous transformation from childhood to adulthood, and maybe, just maybe, learn something about yourself along the way.
As adults, it's easy to look back on our younger years with rose colored glasses and wish we were still kids. Things were so much easier back then, when all you had to worry about was who to sit with at lunch and which sneakers were the coolest, wouldn't it be great to go back? The truth is, though, growing up is no walk in the park for anyone.
The transition from childhood to adulthood is long, bumpy, and full of unexpected twists and turns. It is in these years that we carve out space for ourselves in the world, and discover who we are and who we want to be. They're confusing and complex and emotional. They're filled with some of our greatest joys and most heartbreaking tragedies. They are what makes us who we are, which is why stories about them are so enthralling.
Featuring narratives about friendship, family, and growing up, here are five short coming-of-age novels you can read this weekend.