Re: Looking for "Coming of Age" book/movie as a gift
Does your cousin like musicals? If so, then he might enjoy the movie versions of "Flower Drum Song" (Wang Ta comes of age), "Les Miserables" (Marius comes of age in some ways), or maybe even "West Side Story" (Sad story, but the male characters grow up a lot....in tragic ways).
If your cousin happens to like Disney movies, "Hercules" is a coming of age story, and even though "Treasure Planet's" Jim is more than likely younger than 18, his story is a coming of age story, too. The movie "Tarzan" might be good, too, although Tarzan is likely older than 18.
If your cousin likes much less musical forms of entertainment, either the book OR the movie version of "A Separate Peace", or "The Outsiders" might be good, although some of the characters in those stories are either older, or younger than 18. Even though "A Separate Peace" is about World War 2-era college guys, it was one of my FAVORITE books when I was in high school; the characters were written SO realistically that I actually experienced, for the first time, desire for the protagonist of a book (I desired Finny, because he was just so cool!), and I found that the sad story mirrored my own failing relationship with my best friend.
You must forgive me for my macabre suggestions; I have a rather Goth (?) sensibility when it comes to books and movies. My favorite scene from Fahrenheit 451
was the scene wherein the villain was defeated, and I've always loved thoughtful tragedies....and disaster movies, too.
Well, anyway, I hope that you're able to get your cousin a memorable 18th Birthday gift!
Thanks in advance for your reply.