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If you’re a twenty-something like me, you’ve probably read New Adult novels before—maybe without even knowing it.
New Adult is a genre that has only cropped up in recent years. St. Martin Press is credited with the term, using it in their 2009 contest seeking “great, new, cutting edge YA with protagonists who are slightly older and can appeal to an adult audience,” according to a Writer’s Digest post from 2009. St. Martin’s Press described the work they were seeking as “kind of an ‘older YA’ or ‘new adult’” (Writer’s Digest).
While New Adult fiction has grown significantly since then, it can still be difficult to define and differentiate from other genres; it’s muddled in between Young Adult and Adult genres, often drawing on tropes from the both of them. While the literary world is still trying to solidify the definition of the genre, there are a few ways to identify New Adult books right off the bat.
According to Goodreads, New Adult protagonists usually fall between “the ages of 18 and 25 with the cap at 30ish” (Goodreads). This means that while Young Adult deals more with teenagers and a high school setting, New Adult follows characters through their college experiences and beyond.
But New Adult books still explore many of the same themes as Young Adult. Many New Adult books look at what it means to be an adult, whether this be transitioning to college, finding love, or attempting to get a job in the real world. Colleen Hoover’s romance novels are a great example of this: many of her New Adult characters are college students or recent graduates.
Still, there are some overlaps to the two genres. For instance, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl follows Cath through her first year of college, but is marketed as Young Adult. Likewise, Leigh Bardugo’s new Ninth House features a Yale freshman, but is marketed as Adult Fiction. Ultimately, age plays a factor in New Adult, but isn’t the be-all-end-all of the genre.
Profanity and Sexual Content
Just like anything, profanity and sexual content plays a big role in the New Adult genre. Think of movie ratings: where Young Adult is PG-13, New Adult and Adult are closer to Rated R.
There are certain things that aren’t necessarily “acceptable” in Young Adult, and a large part of that is sex scenes. Any romantic encounters or sex scenes in Young Adult are typically hinted at, as opposed to written outright. But in New Adult, anything’s fair game. A great example of this is Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses—a series that has numerous sexual encounters (if you know, you know).
Profanity also plays a role, but less significantly. Young Adult novels are pretty clean in terms of profane language, and if there are swears, they’re often light ones, few and far between. New Adult, on the other hand, isn’t constrained by this.
Overall, New Adult can be hard to pin down, but most have defined it as Young Adult with a twist of more adult themes. Still, it’s pretty subjective. At the end of the day, if you think something’s New Adult, it probably is—even if it’s not advertised that way. Some books on Goodreads are even shelved as both New Adult and Young Adult, showing that even the readers are having trouble differentiating the two.
We’ll just have to wait for the literary world to define New Adult a little more clearly. In the meantime, here are some New Adult books to read (You can decide for yourself if they meet New Adult standards!):
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
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Like any book lover, you have probably, at some point, struggled to carry books around with you—whether that be in your backpack, your purse, or your suitcase. Sometimes, it just makes sense to go digital. Whether you religiously read e-books, or have attempted to squeeze those eight books you just can’t choose between into your luggage, vowing never to abandon your print copies—you’ll love these Kindle deals. They’re not only accessible, but cheap, leaving you the funds to buy even more books you (probably don’t) need.
Chase the Dark by Annette Marie
Listed on Amazon for $0.99, this Young Adult fantasy is worth every penny. Chase the Dark follows Piper Griffiths as she flees her father’s Consulate after a top secret weapon is stolen. Hunted by daemons, the only people she can trust are her two run-away companions—daemons whose motives she isn’t entirely sure of.
If you like badass characters, daemons, and romantic heat—download Chase the Dark today!
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
If you’ve heard about Colleen Hoover, you probably know that she is a queen of New Adult romance, and Maybe Someday is no exception to that rule. The book follows twenty-two-year-old Sydney, whose life at college is all well and good—until she discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend/roommate. In the days following, Sydney becomes captivated by her next-door neighbor, Ridge, while simultaneously bonding with him over music.
Mixed together with the perfect amounts of complicated relationships, music, and drama, Maybe Someday will please anyone looking for their next Colleen Hoover fix—all for $1.99 on Amazon!
First Year by Rachel E. Carter
First Year is everything you want from a lighter, Young Adult fantasy novel. The $2.99 e-book follows Ryiah as she competes for an apprenticeship while enrolled in a trial year at one of her kingdom’s war schools. If Ryiah is chosen for an apprenticeship, she will be able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a Mage, but her fellow classmates—especially Prince Darren—make that even more difficult than it already is.
Readers will sympathize with Ryiah and root for her on her academic journey as she navigates friends, foes, and the limits to her magic. Her story continues in book two of the Black Mage series, also available on Kindle.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
If you haven’t yet seen the movie in theaters, and want to read the book first, now’s your chance to read Little Women, available for $1.99 on Kindle! The book will make you laugh, cry, and nostalgically reflect on your own childhood adventures as you follow the lives of March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth. Alcott explores family bonds, wifely domesticity, and what it means to be a female writer at this time.
Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
Southern Spirits is a cozy mystery featuring Verity Long who, after accidentally gaining the ability to see spirits, is hired to chase ghosts from an ancient estate. But ghosts are the least of her concerns when she begins unraveling the secrets of the past, and finds herself caught up in a mystery present-day.
Not only is this book funny, supernatural, and lighthearted, but it’s free on Kindle! It also features a ghost side-kick, and if that’s not enough for you, what is?
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