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What’s the Deal with New Adult Anyway?

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.

Character Age

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. 

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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. 

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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. 


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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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5 Kindle Books You’ll Love—Without Breaking the Bank

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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6 Book Recs Based on Your Favorite 90s Movie

Everyone has a favorite 90s movie. And while it may be tempting to watch that favorite movie again for the thousandth time, why not relive your love for it—in book form? These books are not only enjoyable to read, but might even find a special place in your heart for their similarity to these iconic movies of the past.

1. Clueless – Emma by Jane Austen

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Emma by Jane Austen follows the titular character, Emma Woodhouse, as she meddles in the love affair of her friend, Harriet Smith, and urges her to reject a marriage proposal from a suitor in hopes that she can secure a richer husband. Naturally, this leads to disastrous results.

Sound familiar? If you’ve seen Clueless, you may have already realized that the movie is, in fact, based loosely on Jane Austen’s 19th century book. If you enjoyed Cher’s wit, you will thoroughly enjoy Austen’s pointed satire.

But the best part of Clueless is most definitely Cher’s mixed relationship with her step-brother, Josh Lucas, and there is no lack of that same back-and-forth banter in Emma and Mr. Knightley. Mr. Knightley is the only one willing to tell Emma what he really thinks, repeatedly chiding her for meddling in other people’s business, much like Josh himself.

If that’s not enough to convince you to read the book, a new movie adaptation of Emma is set to release February 21 this year, and looks as comedic as Jane Austen intended. 


2. Titanic – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


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These Broken Stars is a Young Adult sci-fi featuring Lilac and Trevor, strangers from different social classes that struggle to survive on a foreign planet after their ship, the Icarus, crashes. Think Titanic: but in space. And Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t die clinging to an iceberg.

The Icarus is a massive, Titanic-like ship, with its fair share of immensely rich, galactic socialites. Lilac herself is the daughter of the richest man of the universe, while Trevor is a poor war hero who turns his nose up at girls like Lilac. When they find themselves trapped together on the planet their ship crash-landed on, they instinctively hate each other. But only able to rely on each other to survive, their hatred slowly grows into a budding romance. 

These Broken Stars will make you swoon, cry, and possibly even throw your book across the room. If you love space, hate-turned-love, and Titanic, then this read is for you!


3. Groundhog Day – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Samantha Kingston, the protagonist of Before I Fall, is your everyday “mean girl.” Her social clique includes the most popular girls in school, her boyfriend is seemingly perfect, and her school days are spent bullying Juliet Sykes. But when a party goes astray, and Sam dies in a car accident, she gets stuck reliving the same day over and over again, in true Groundhog Day style.

Sam is certainly an unlikable character, but as the book progresses, she slowly corrects her mistakes. Before I Fall is a story about redemption, friendship, and the consequences of your actions. If you enjoyed the structure of Groundhog Day, you’ll love Lauren Oliver’s deft use of it in Before I Fall. 



4. Pretty Woman – Paper Princess by Erin Watts

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Paper Princess is a new adult novel following Ella Harper, a high school girl forced to work strip-clubs in order to pay for her schooling following her mother’s death, at the same time trying to convince her principal that she does in fact have a guardian looking after her. When Callum Royal, a wealthy friend of her father’s, swoops in to rescue her, Ella is indignant, but ultimately agrees to move into his home (or should I say, mansion). What she is not expecting is Callum’s five (very attractive) sons—all convinced she’s using their father for money, and hell-bent on driving her out. 

While Ella gives up her job as a stripper early on in the book, Paper Princess still explores sex work and the same rags-to-riches plot that Pretty Woman does. Like Vivian Ward, Ella is fiercely independent and isn’t put off by the Royal boys’ judgements of her. 

If you like reading about drama, hot boys, and fancy prep schools, be sure to add Paper Princess to your Goodreads TBR.


5. Scream – Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

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I think the best part about Scream is that it’s difficult to differentiate the good guys from the bad ones. In fact, anyone could be masquerading as Ghostface, as we see later on in the movie. Confessions of a Murder Suspect gives readers that same feeling of uncertainty, making us question even the protagonist’s own narrative.

The book follows Tandy Angel in the days following her parents’ murders: of which Tandy and her siblings are the prime suspects. Despite this, Tandy sets out to uncover what truly happened that night in the hopes of proving her family innocent, but ends up discovering secrets about her parents along the way. This book will have you turning pages nonstop and will keep you guessing until the end.


6. 10 Things I Hate About You – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

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While Lara Jean Covey is no Kat Stratford, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has a similar fake-relationship-turned-real romance as the movie. All her life, Lara Jean has kept unsent letters to her many crushes, professing her love for them. When these letters get mistakenly sent out, Lara Jean is utterly humiliated, worried that her latest crush (who also happens to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend) will find out she has feelings for him. To prevent this, she starts pretend-dating Peter Kavinsky, her middle school crush and the recipient of one of her letters. But as the novel progresses, Lara Jean struggles to differentiate what’s real from what’s not.

This book is super cute, and will have you laughing aloud at Lara Jean’s awkwardness, all while swooning over Peter. If you loved the ups and downs of Kat and Patrick’s relationship in 10 Things I Hate About You, then you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Lara Jean and Peter.



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