It’s time for Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly meme created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion where you chat about topics in the book world.
Did any coming of age story have a profound impact on you?
This prompt makes me feel old. I feel like I’ve moved out of the “coming-of-age” audience and am now in the “mid-life crisis/motherhood-crisis” genre. I’ve come of age. It was not as magical as I was promised. And anytime I read a YA coming-of-age novel now I feel a little cringy. These just aren’t my books anymore.
But I’m channeling my inner teenager to answer this prompt as well as I can.
Hairstyles of the Damned. It taught me it was okay to not be okay. Being perfect doesn’t mean you have your shit together or that you’ll be any more prepared for adulthood. It also taught me punk rock can be its own religion.
What do you think the ingredients for a good coming of age story are?
Author-hindsight. Realistic characters. Real experience. Some kind of epic playlist.
How important is it to have diverse coming of age stories?
As I mentioned last week, I’m not crazy about the term “diverse books.” Soapbox out of the way, I do think it’s important for coming of age stories to encompass a broad range of stories, experiences, and cultures of growing up. I think to love books you have to have seen yourself in a book at least once. You have to know what it’s like for someone to have captured a moment of your life that made you go “I thought it was just me” and kept you from feeling quite so alone.
Everyone should have that moment.