This list is from elle.com and came up when I searched “most important coming-of-age novels.” This is a good time to reiterate that the statistics here are based on the information I can find in the list’s blurbs, Wikipedia, and Amazon, and assumes that white and heterosexual are the default states, because that’s so often the case.
- Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (Lorrie Moore): white heterosexual female protagonist.
- Allegra Maud Goldman (Edith Konnecky): Jewish heterosexual female protagonist.
- Prep (Curtis Sittenfield): white heterosexual female protagonist.
- Weetzie Bat (Francesca Lia Block): white heterosexual female protagonist.
- Summer Sisters (Judy Blume): one of the protagonists is white bisexual (“heteroflexible,” according to the list) female, at least.
- Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison): white female heterosexual protagonist.
- Fun Home (Alison Bechdel): white lesbian female protagonist.
- How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez): Dominican female heterosexual protagonist.
- White Oleander (Janet Fitch): white female heterosexual protagonist.
- Annie John (Jamaica Kincaid): Afro-Caribbean female apparently heterosexual according to the author despite implications protagonist.
–your fangirl heroine.