"Coming-of-age novels typically follow the protagonist of a story from childhood to adulthood, touching on all of the defining events that helped form their values or future worldview. Specifically, a Bildungsroman is a common form of narrative, where the main character goes through a kind of character shift over time, often after being forced to change or "grow up" after a defining event in their lives.
Something I think people forget is that coming-of-age novels aren't just limited to YA. Yes, these are formative years, but there are countless examples of excellent adult coming-of-age stories. This list has a mix of both YA and adult, as well as diverse perspectives. Find the best coming-of-age novels here."
The quote is from Stephen Chbosky's book The Perks of Being a Wallflower