Top 10 Bildungsroman Books of 2017

 

Reading through a life of a kid growing up as a young man has always been accepted by the readers.  There is bliss in growing up with the boy through the story or novel. It is almost like staying with the kid like a shadow following up to adulthood. The reader knows every secret, every emotion of the kid.  Here are top 10 bildungsroman books of 2017 which the readers just cannot resist.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

No doubt it is the first entry in the list of top 10 bildungsroman books. A childhood occurs during a crisis in Southern town. There are all the ingredients like experience, kindness, loyalty which cooks a good book. Read it for Pulitzer winning book by Harper Lee. The book has been translated into several languages.

Read it For:
Pulitzer winning book by Harper Lee. The book has been translated into several languages
Don't Read it For:
The plot gets complex at times. Various layers of human emotions are attached.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a masterpiece of American literature. The characters have achieved a universal attraction.

The Gold Finch

Theo Decker is aged thirteen. He is a survivor of the accident which killed his mother. One of the most heart-warming stories in the top 10 books.  A wealthy family takes the boy. However, his longing for his mother leads him to a painting and underworld. The book is more of a haunted Odyssey with vivid character and good plot development. There is the underworld, lost love and compassion.

Read it For:
A good blend of love, underworld, art history, child bullies, and drug dealers from Russia.
Don't Read it For:
Lack of heavy editing towards the end of the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
A good taste of adult fiction in the recent times. A good book by an excellent writer.

David Copperfield

One of the evergreen classics from Charles Dickens. The best books to reads cannot be complete without a literary classic. David Copperfield is a young man who sets on adventures. However, the young man already had an unhappy and dejected childhood. The stepfather was the most vicious person he can remember from his childhood days.

Read it For:
One of the most popular works by Charles Dickens.
Don't Read it For:
Complex character development and too many numbers of minor characters.
What makes this book stand out?:
A masterpiece by one of the best writers of English literature. Dickens uses his own childhood experiences to reflect the thoughts in the timeless classics.

A Catcher in the Rye

An ancient child of sixteen years is the focus of the story.  He had to leave the prep school in Pennsylvania and go to New York. The main protagonist is simple on one side and also complicated on the other side.  The novel reflects the aggression of the teenage and the anxieties of life. In its time the novel was pretty popular among the teenage readers who were engulfed in it.

Read it For:
Perhaps most popular book recommendations in the top 10 list. For many, it is like a childhood memory.
Don't Read it For:
The character appears to be a smart teen with no idea how to manage issues.
What makes this book stand out?:
Reflects the story of a spoiled rich kid with a screwed up past.
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Jane Eyre

The first book in the list of top 10 bildungsroman books with a female protagonist as the focus. The girl was orphaned and spent her childhood with Aunt Reed. She was exposed to cruel practices of Lowood Charity School. However, Jane comes out of it unbroken and with an indomitable spirit. A melodramatic portrayal of women’s look for rich and wider life.

Read it For:
One of the best works of classic writer Charlotte Bronte.
Don't Read it For:
The novel is too descriptive at times.
What makes this book stand out?:
A prolific Victorian novelist with an excellent piece out of her many works.

Freaks I have Met

Jack is out to prove that money can buy happiness. He is a graduate and is armed with a hefty paycheck. Los Angeles however, does not stands out according to expectation of Jack. Jack keeps on taking the challenges looking from one job to another as he shifts the field of work.  It is through his eyes that “Freaks I’ve Met” is designed.

Read it For:
A dark comedy well written from the perspective of a graduate guy.
Don't Read it For:
The story at times become too intriguing.
What makes this book stand out?:
Hilarious, easy to read and understand and also a fast pace. It is easily a good addition too, top 10 books on bildungsroman.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It is the debut novel of Stephen Chbosky. The novel indulges all the sweet memory of teenage-like first date, family drama, friends, drugs etc. Charlie faces the ups and downs of the life as he grows up to be a man. There were losses, broken love and other upsets in life.  A lifetime reflection of the moment of life usually a person would treasure.

Read it For:
Sweet memories teenage life which can be gathered as one grows up. It is among the top books for a teenager.
Don't Read it For:
Readers might get bored as it is at times too easy a read.
What makes this book stand out?:
The slow pace of the book yet it fulfils the reader with the pleasure of reading.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A brilliant 19th century novel by Mark Twain. The life of carefree Huck is the focus of the novel.  Huck runs away from drunkard father and faces many adventures in his life. There are feuding families, slavery, and also glimpses of a corrupt society.  Beneath the stories, there are various undercurrents which give the novel subtle twists and turns.

Read it For:
A great piece of imagination brought to a paperback. The flair of Mark Twain is an added splendour to the novel.
Don't Read it For:
People might find it boring at times due to the length.
What makes this book stand out?:
The excellence of writing, the voice of Huck is attractive. Mark Twain is ahead of his time.

The Outsiders

There is two type of people in discussion, the greasers and the socs.  A sensitive boy gets into gang fights, hugs, tears of emotion and many other affections ties him to live. The setback is during the year of 1965. This book is one of the best books on the list. The two types of people discussed are the types which the boy identifies with his ideas.

Read it For:
A splendid narrative. Each chapter ends with an engaging sentence.
Don't Read it For:
Some might find it adding extra about teenage boys in 1960s.
What makes this book stand out?:
A perfectly written story with perfect characters and timeline.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A young girl is a central character who is in the turn of the century. Francie Nolan, the girl is young, sensitive and idealistic by nature.  The life she experiences is filled with overwhelming, sublime and incidents which are unforgettable.

Read it For:
A heart touching the story of a girl which engages the reader with the emotions.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers might not connect with the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
A good story of growing up, emotions and experiences.

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