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10 Realistic Fiction Books to Read Like The Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye is one of the most controversial novels in the history of literature. It is the masterpiece of J. D. Salinger that was published for adults in 1951, and since then it is popular with adolescent readers because of its theme line. The story of this realistic fiction and coming of age fiction novel is based on the themes of teenage alienation and angst. Here are some of the best novels like The Catcher in the Rye.

1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the masterpiece of Mark Twain and illustrated by Richard M. Powers. The story of the novel is set on the Mississippi River and the incidents covered in the novel depict the Antebellum Period. For its great story and well-crafted work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is widely said as the one of the Great American Novels ever written. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is among those novels that laid down the foundation of American literature.

2. On the Jellicoe Road

This award-winning novel titled On the Jellicoe Road is written by the Australian novelist Melina Marchetta. At some point, you will feel it like The Catcher in the Rye, but the novelist has made reasonable efforts to keep her story distinguish from that of The Catcher in the Rye. In 2008, On the Jellicoe Road earned West Australia Young Readers Book Award for Old Readers and in the same years, it got published in the United States.

3. A Complicated Kindness

A Complicated Kindness is little religious based novel whose story is set in a town named East Village. The area is regarded to be a fictionalized version of Toews’ hometown of Steinbach. A Complicated Kindness is the third novel of Miriam Toews. The novel has won various awards including CBC’s Canada Reads, CBA Libris Fiction Award, and Governor General’s Award for Best English Fiction.

4. Vernon God Little

Vernon God Little is the first novel of DBC Pierre. The novel has been adapted for stage play for two times. Vernon God Little got published in 2003 and in the same year won the Booker Prize Award. Book critics have termed it the coruscating black comedy book that reflects the human alarm but also their fascination with America as well. The content of the book is written in the contemporary vernacular situation.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird

This award-winning novel of the Harper Lee is the excellent mixture of humor and warmth. Despite the fact that author has discussed the several issues regarding racial inequality and rape but discussed the other issues along with these basic ones as well. In the same year of publication, the novel was termed as the classic work of modern American literature.

6. The Namesake

The Namesake discuss the common culture and emotional values of Indians and Americans. At the same time, it also discussed the conflicts between these two cultures as well. The story of The Namesake is about the struggle of Bengali couple who migrated to the U.S to live life to all those values they are accustomed to.

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This coming of age novel titled The Perks of Being a Wallflower discuss the various ideas and the life of kids. The story is based on the real experiences. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is analyzed by the critics as the teenage reality and nostalgia. The author Chbosky will capture your feelings, and you will come to know what is paid for loss of losing your beloved ones.

8. Looking for Alaska

The first uniqueness about Looking for Alaska is that it discusses the almost all controversial topics like bad languages, sex, drinking, smoking and much more. But at the same time, it really deserves the awards and nominations that it has got so far. Looking for Alaska is surely a well written, hilarious, passionate and thought provoking novel. Simply a page turner for the young adult and coming of the age content lovers.

9. Special Topics in Calamity Physics

This debut novel of American writer Marisha Pessl will leave the readers to demand more from the author. Since far it has received many positive critics and awards, and it deserves for all that. In 2006, Special Topics in Calamity Physics was listed in The Top Ten Best Books by the New York Times. The content is written in English Literature styles that are why contains references as footnotes as well.

10. Small as an Elephant

Small as an Elephant is a meaning full novel by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Small as an Elephant is the story of little Jack and his mother who has always been a whirlwind of energy and impulsive. But Jack never thought of that her mother will abandon him at their campsite in Maine’s Acadia National Park.

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