Sunday, December 18, 2016

Why Do Readers Relate to Coming of Age Stories


To discover some of the best coming of age fiction books in the Amazon Kindle Store, you can start with a look at their top 100 best sellers.  When you browse through this list, you may find yourself wondering why readers seem to somehow connect with coming of age stories.  This is a fitting question when you consider how diverse the various titles in this book category really are.  For instance, notice these top three titles in Amazon’s 100 best coming of age books in the Kindle Store.
The Queen's Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Jeff Wheeler

by Ann Patchett

by Claire Adams

The first book is a period book, set in “the court of Kingfountain”, the second book is a modern day book set in “southern California”, while the third book is set in Manhattan.  While all three of these books are categorized as coming of age fiction, they couldn’t be more different from one another.  So what is it that makes a reader of this type of fiction be content to enjoy one or all three books and manage to find some connection?

I believe that the thoughts and perceptions that we all experience as children growing up are both unique and yet the same to all of us.  The relationships we form and how we form them at different ages and stages actually demonstrates just how much alike we humans really are.  That is why you can read a coming of age story about a prince or princess from another time and era and still find some point that is relative to your own upbringing.  But the beauty of it all is the fact that when we’re not busy enjoying what is familiar to us, we like to get a peek at things that are new and foreign.  So either way, when we pick up a good coming of age book and dive into the pages, we expect to be delighted in two different ways.

My new novel: Skipping Childhood:  A Novel (From Abused Foster Child to Adolescent Serial Killer) is a different sort of coming of age book.  It contains some memorable references and episodes about growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s but the book also deals with more than just a casual walk down memory lane.  You can find Skipping Childhood in Amazon’s Mystery, Thriller & Suspense category, in addition to the coming of age section.  That gives you a hint that this novel is a whole lot more than your average story in this genre.  Why not pick up a copy of Skipping Childhood:  A Novel the next time you’re looking for a good coming of age story.