What’s the Deal with New Adult Anyway?

What’s the Deal with New Adult Anyway?

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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, …