Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

For coming-of-age awesomeness set in different eras, try…

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell for a precocious-yet-unannoying kid’s-eye view of life in an ‘80s-era British village

Locas by Jaime Hernandez for an alt-comic depiction of badass, punk-rock Chicanas growing up as best friends and sometime lovers in '80s So Cal

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis for hilarious first lust/love antics set against the groovy backdrop of '60s/'70s London

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block for a dreamy YA novel about a gritty fairy tale-like '80s L.A.

This post was co-edited by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein, authors of X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story. You can find them on Twitter here and here.

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