Navigating the Long and Winding Road: 9 Coming-of-Age Novels
for Teens

by Liz Lesnick

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Even in our seemingly more open, accepting, wired world, teens continue to ask the eternal questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I fit in?

And while they may be seeking answers, teens usually don’t want to hear them from their parents or anyone over eighteen for that matter. This is where books continue to play a vital role. These selections address issues of sexual identity, drug use, race, appearance, and, of course, love. I hope they help the teens you love navigate this exciting, tumultuous time in their lives.