Thanks for commenting rtpuppydog, and your coment made me think about coming of age books. So that is what this post is going to be about.
The thing about coming age books is that they really ought to be read at the right time. For me the ‘right time’ was back in middle school when I went through a depressing stage. People around me who were much older that I would say something like: “it’s just a phase, you’ll get over it”. Or “She’s just a teenager and thinks the world revolves around her”. I think that if you say something like that to an adolescent who’s still learning and still growing then that kind of remark is the worst thing you could possibly say. Most people go through some kind of coming of age stage themselves and if you read books whether knowingly or not about coming of age ‘stuff’ then I believe that is a help in the process of coming out of it and becoming who you actually are.
If you read books like “Speak, The Perks or even The Catcher in the Rye” you will find something about each character appealing and more often than not you can relate to them on some level; making you feel more understood while the world around you is making remarks like “you think the world revolves around you.” When you pass this age and are well into you’re adult life you’ll look back on it and learn to appreciate coming of age novels. Not just dismiss them because they have “Some sad guy that complains about his life”. These books have much more depth than that. You just have to look for it and when you find it, you will understand too.
My point is, you should read them; but it helps if you read them at the right time because when you do, you learn to appreciate them a lot more.