For the Guardian, she named ten top coming-of-age novels, including:
Great Expectations by Charles DickensRead about another book on the list.
Pip's journey across a childhood landscape of prisoners, mists, and decaying wedding veils, his drastic leap into adolescence and final turn into a strained, pale adulthood charts the map of adolescence for a century to come.
Great Expectations appears on Joseph Olshan's list of six favorite books, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best clocks in literature, ten of the best appropriate deaths in literature, ten of the best castles in literature, ten of the best Hamlets, ten of the best card games in literature, and ten best list of fights in fiction. It also made Tony Parsons' list of the top ten troubled males in fiction, David Nicholls' top ten list of literary tear jerkers, and numbers among Kurt Anderson's five most essential books. The novel is #1 on Melissa Katsoulis' list of "twenty-five films that made it from the book shelf to the box office with credibility intact."
Read an 1861 review of "Great Expectations".
Also see: Shani Boianjiu's five top novels about coming of age, Emily Bazelon's five top coming-of-age stories, and A.E. Hotchner's five favorite coming-of-age tales.