The two best works of fiction I read recently both have 13-year old main characters. (Spud- John van der Ruit; Roepman – Jan van Tonder) Thirteen also happens to be the age as my oldest nephew and niece. (They are not twins – two of my brothers became new fathers in the same year.)
Spud is hilarious. Roepman is much more serious. But both books deal with boys growing up, with the good and bad of leaving childhood behind for manhood. The theme IS “Boy meets World”. I’ve read several books by that theme, and could even remember more than one TV series on that idea.
But – I cannot remember that I ever read or watched a good “Girl meets World” story.
And why would there be so few of them? Is growing into a woman not seen as so exciting and bitter-sweet and big and mysterious and wonderful and multi-faceted as growing into a man?