Like a Lady: 4 Coming-of-Age Novels that will Spark the Woman in you
Surely any lady loves reading, for it is the restful hobby of women. And because a lady is soon to be a woman, she learns to be one. In other words, if you don’t love reading yet, train yourself to! You’re already noticing a change in hormones, so why not take it to a more brainy level.
Preparing for your eighteenth birthday doesn’t only have to mean trying on princess gowns, handing out invitations, visiting beautiful venues, and researching about debut packages in Manila. It has to mean more.
Try developing your outlook in life. You are coming-of-age, after all. For starters, check these ones out:
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
This isn’t a classic you can turn away from. And we won’t give you any ideas to the plot so you’d have to read it!
Alcott’s March girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are different personalities, so it may not be hard for you to find one you most feel close to. With that as a starter, your way to feeling what all the girls have felt will be as easy as breathing.
Think of it as your transcendence along with the girls, your conquering of insecurity and self-centeredness, same as they had conquered. By the end of your journey with them, you will have gained a maturity, or in other words, come-of-age—all before your precious eighteenth.
Confused with the codes? Read the book.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Another classic to behold, Jane Eyre similarly does not let go of your heartstrings as Little Women. This story of an unfortunate girl who later grows to be a passionate and caring woman must be your page-turner for a night. Jane Eyre teaches you to have a control over your emotions, even as you fall deeply in love, and to be patient for the coming of the good in life.
If these aren’t pages you keep returning to, then maybe the next will be…
The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
Suicide. Nothing is more thought-provoking, and at the same time intriguing, than girls who take their own lives. Eugenides’s five sisters are not like the March girls. The latter are able to smile at the simplest things, which the former are able to do as well, but inside the five sisters is a deep longing for freedom.
If only they can fully be themselves and enjoy getting what they want, then their ends may have been different. If you’ll look at the tragedy of the story, this may not be a good read. But if you will focus on that strength of the girls to hold onto each other, and to what little they had, then you will find inspiration.
The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
This may be also cheating because it’s highly likely that the effect of this is to spark the child in you, which is the opposite of what we want to do. But there is a potential in the most beloved Harry Potter Series to inspire your coming-of-age into a woman. Why do we think so? Well, because in this story are women who, through the books, are able to mature in thinking and to voice out ideas that inspire.
Hermione did learn to sacrifice her ties with her parents for their own safety, Ginny matured into a woman with great courage, and Luna—well, stayed her quirky, witty self. There are also Tonks and, let’s not forget, Lily Potter, who fought with love until the end. If these women do not inspire you, we reckon Bellatrix may be your fancy. You can take after her, too – just be ready for Azkaban!
It is inspiring for a lady to be preparing herself into being a woman. But remember this: true maturity isn’t only about changing one’s look, it is rather about one developing an open-minded look at life and the world.