8 Novels About Adolescence for Adults
Teenagers through the eyes of adults
Great as it is, perhaps our copies of The Catcher in the Rye have become too well thumbed. As the narrator in Frank Portman’s King Dork says, “…the main guy is a misfit kid superhero named Holden Caulfield. For teachers he is the ultimate guy… They all want to have sex with him, and with the book's author too, and they’d probably even try to do it with the book itself if they could figure out a way to go about it.”
So here are 8 other books about adolescence. Bukowski portrays his alter-ego's formative years without ever flinching; Cormac McCarthy heaps worlds of trouble on a sixteen-year-old cowboy; Alan Warner paints the exploits of rebel choir girls in glorious, bold colours. Each is a brave, individual take on the pain and thrills of that eye-opening, spot-popping, heart-aching stretch. Maybe Holden is getting a wee bit old after all...