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!
New Adult is a sub-genre.
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]
These books do not have much “explicit” content, but do have the correct aged characters to qualify as young adult. Since this then confused me, I continued researching… (like I’m doing a legit paper or something, here!)
::AHEM, insert Wikipidea here::
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!