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Unpredictable Events in Coming of Age Books

Unpredictable events in coming of age books predictably happen. But authors must be careful of tossing bombs on every page. Coming of age books follow the general notion that while life is often unpredictable in strange ways, a story must make sense to the reader and be believable.

Unpredictable events abound in the new book, Meet Me on the Paisley Roof. Teenagers and young adults, lacking experience and more likely to take risks, find themselves swept along by events. Sixteen-year-old Trussell Jones agrees to sit on the back of Trudy's borrowed motorcycle, holding a suitcase for her. So what happens to Trussell when Trudy confronts Gator, her boyfriend, in front of his fellow workers, tosses his underwear from the suitcase at him, then announces she is confiscating his motorcycle? A surprise is waiting for you!

As with other coming of age books, one event builds on another. Trudy later ditches the motorcycle behind Trussell's garage putting Trussell in jeopardy from Gator's motorcycle gang. Will friends help? Hardly. One friend rides off on the stolen motorcycle leaving Trussell not only with the bag, but the bag has wheels!

These types of unpredictable events surprise us, keep us interested, and move the story along. Coming of age books rely on unpredictable events for comedic as well as tragic effects. More to the point, they show that unpredictability is just as predictable as death and taxes.

Looking for good coming of age books? Get your copy of Meet Me on the Paisley Roof today!

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