“New Adult” Books—Here’s What You Need to Know by Kristen Weber
“New adult” is the hot new category in publishing right now. In case you don’t know what new adult means, it’s a category in fiction that encompasses the period between adolescence and adulthood. The main characters are older than your typical YA book, usually in college or recently graduated, and are living without their parents for the first time. They are also trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be—something we can all relate to at one point or another.
While I worry that we’ll soon overdose on “new adult” as much as we did on vampires, there are so many great new titles in the category that it’s worth checking out a few. Ready to jump on the new adult bandwagon? Here are my picks for the best of the bunch:
Easy is one of the original books that started the new adult craze, and is the first NA book I ever read. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. College student Jacqueline is leaving a frat party when she’s attacked, and her savior is Lucas, a boy she’s never seen before. She just wants to forget what happened, but Lucas turns out to be the barista at her coffee shop and he can’t stop staring at her in the class they now share together. We soon learn Lucas is hiding secrets of his own, and between the romance and the mystery, I was on the edge of my seat.
Rachael Hamilton is probably the only girl in NYC who would be unimpressed when she accidentally gatecrashes a party and ends up face-to-face with NFL quarterback Ryan Carter. She has more important things on her mind than hooking up with the hot millionaire. Her parents are pressuring her to trade in her publishing internship for law school and then there’s her upcoming high school reunion. Thrown into hosting dinner for Ryan and his teammates, the sparks begin to fly. Will Rachel really be able to resist? Though Rachael can be a little prickly—and all I know about football I learned from Friday Night Lights—I found myself rooting for her and Ryan as they discover each other, and their true selves.
I’ve seen this one labeled as both young adult and new adult, but regardless it’s worth a read. After her father unexpectedly dies, 18-year-old Layken moves to a new town with her mother and younger brother. She meets her handsome next door neighbor, Will, who introduces her to the thrill of slam poetry. But the real world has other plans for them both, especially when Layken discovers that Will is not everything he seems.
This is just the tip of the new adult iceberg. I could go on and on, but I want to hear what titles YOU recommend. Have you discovered new adult yet? What are your favorite titles?
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