7 Bildungsroman Novels All Ages Can Enjoy ...


I love that word in the title but I better explain it. A bildungsroman novel is simply a “coming of age” novel. That coming of age might be a journey through someone’s informative years or it might be a spiritual awakening in someone older. It’s a fascinating genre in literature because we can take the same journeys as those of the characters we read and maybe learn and grow as we do. .

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

One of the quintessential coming of age novels, The Catcher In The Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a precocious sixteen year old who has just been expelled from his prep school. Filled with teenage angst and cynical, wry, sarcastic observations about his school, teachers and life in general, the character of Caulfield has become a classic symbol for all young people going through the same internal struggles and growth.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
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