Let me start this off by saying, first I am going to do my best to inform you exactly what new adult is. After that, I am going to ask you what your opinion is on it, if there’s room for it, if you’ve read any of it, etcetera. Let’s do this!
These books have characters which are done with high school, or above high school age. This starts at around age 18-19. Now upon researching popular New Adult titles so I can give some examples, I encountered a dilemma.
You see, I thought New Adult was not only characters that were above 18, and into their early twenties, but I thought it was books in which had more cursing and a bit more sexual content. It seems though, that a lot of the New Adult books listed simply have college-aged characters. Lets show you what I mean.
Where She Went [Gayle Forman]
Something Like Normal [Trish Doller]
Slammed [Colleen Hoover]
Here’s what good ol’ Wiki has to say.
“New-adult Fiction or post-adolescent literature is a recent category of fiction for young adults first proposed by St. Martin’s Pressin 2011.  St. Martin’s Press editors wanted to address the coming-of-age that also happens in a young person’s twenties. They wanted to consider stories about young adults who were legally adults, but who were still finding their way in building a life and figuring out what it means to be an adult.”
So, I would really love to hear from some bloggers, as well as some New Adult authors on this. I recently read Last Summer a New Adult Novel by Rebecca Rogers, and this novel had what I believed all New Adult was supposed to have. Easy, by Tamara Webber is another example (strong sexual content) of what I thought New Adult would consist of. College-aged characters as well as more mature sexual content. Perhaps I was wrong? I mean, Wikipedia and Goodreads say I am.
Regardless of the facts, I want to know, what do you guys think? Is New Adult a necessary genre? According to many, it is the “ultimate crossover genre” to go from Young Adult, to Adult. Personally, I think it is wonderful as well as absolutely necessary to have New Adult. Within the next few years I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a New Adult section on Amazon, B&N and in some bookstores. Its not like this is not possible,I mean come on!
Check out some New Adult Authors here:
Alyssa Rose Ivy
Books Pictured Above:
Easy – Tammara Webber
Last Summer – Rebecca Rogers
Flat Out Love – Jessica Park
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
Also Check Out:
Come See About Me – C.K. Kelly Martin
Now, sound off below! Let me know what you think New Adult really is, and if you think there’s room for it!