Tomorrow I am turning 25 and I won’t pretend it hasn’t had me in funk for the past few weeks but in the past 7 days I’ve really come to terms with it. I’m excited about where I am in my life and how things are going for me. At least most of the time.
My list of five is a little hard to define but it’s a list of books (mostly NA and adult) that focus on some aspect of getting older. I was tempted to call them coming of age novels but, as that evokes YA, I decided to avoid it.
Anyway, my list of 5:
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
This book so accurately captures the feel of the unmarried, twenty-something girl that it was acutely painful at times. By the end of the book, I felt such solidarity with the characters that I found myself wishing I could commiserate with them about the trials of having a best friend with a baby when you’re not even dating anyone.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Sometimes one day is enough to change you and this book really GETS that. Society might expect us to disregard fleeting encounters but sometimes they’re the ones that weave into our hearts and hold us hostage until we capture another moment like that. This book broke my heart and helped me put it back together again. I talked more about this book here.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
I’ve talked about this book before here. If you had a constant friend that you went through all your adolescent milestones with, you understand the difficulties of navigating getting older with them, spending time apart, and forging an independent life. It isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s downright hard. Sometimes you make mistakes and hurt each other but at the end of the day, you love that friend like a sister.
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Everyone’s family has it’s quirks and dealing with them isn’t always easy. I work pretty closely with my sister on a regular basis and this book helps me feel less alone in my frustrations and to understand that hating my sister doesn’t mean I don’t love her.
Class of ’98 by A.L. Player
For any reader who wishes they could go back in time and redo something from high school, this book will let you live out your fantasy. Especially if you were the off beat girl who secretly crushed on the jock. In addition to letting you live out that fantasy, this book lets you see that it is never too late – even if it takes ten years and a crazy time-traveling thunderstorm to make you realize it.
There’s my list. What are you favorite books about getting older and the trials of being an adult? I’d love some reading recommendations 🙂