I’ve been somewhat outspoken against my mostly hate relationship with Young Adult novels. Between the over-the-top angst, the annoying love triangles, and the considerable absence of any kind of parental guidance, I’ve found that the genre just doesn’t usually work for me. So, when I heard about the New Adult genre, I was instantly on guard, and avoided those books like the plague.
Then one day I was browsing NetGalley and came across Rush Me by Allison Parr, a Carina Press release about a post-graduate woman who finds herself at an NFL party, and goes toe to toe with the quarterback and overall ladies man. I’ll admit that I didn’t read the blurb that closely. To be honest, the second I saw “NFL Quarterback,” I quit reading and requested the book. I’m a sucker for sports romances.
Needless to say I was absolutely smitten. The book was fun and sexy and one of those reads that just pulls you in from the very beginning and finds a way to get its hooks in you. I was still a little hesitant about the new adult genre, mostly because those characters were a little bit older than most, but I was more than willing to give the genre another shot.
I then picked up True by Erin McCarthy, an author I whose adult books I’ve enjoyed in the past. Again, I was blown away. The genre seemed to encompass some of the themes that I went through at the high school/college time in my life. A better understanding of myself, my first time being in true love, heartbreak like never before, experimentation, and the joys and scares that come with being on my own for the first time.
Since, I’ve read two books that dealt with some pretty heavy themes: Wait for You by J. Lynn and Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder. These books both crushed me and inspired me in ways I never imagined. They were both full of angst that I’ve come to associate with young adult books, and yet it didn’t have any of the other factors that turn me off from that genre. Instead, they both stood out as beautiful stories of self-discovery and personal growth that made me smile and cry at the same time.
I think Jane from Dear Author said it best via Twitter. “New Adult is coming of age stories featuring protagonists that are newly independent. Romantic NA are coming of age stories featuring protagonists whose relationships with each other and those around them further their self discovery.”
I’m happy to say that although I was slow to jump on the new adult bandwagon, I’m so incredibly happy that I took the leap. I’m still being very selective in what I read, but I absolutely can’t wait to find the next NA book to knock my socks off!
Have you read a new adult book yet? What’s your favorite book in the NA genre?