Sunday, February 8, 2015

New & Novel: Romantic Fiction for New Adults

Readers have been looking for contemporary novels about the college years, with more mature themes than are usually found in Young Adult books. New Adult fiction is "written about the experiences of 18- to 25-year-olds as they enter the adult world. These 'new' adults are becoming more independent, taking on more responsibilities, and facing life’s challenges for the first time on their own."* The genre began with self-published books and the books are generally more popular in digital formats. There has been debate whether to classify the books as romance or fiction, and complaints about lack of diversity in New Adult offerings. Regardless, the genre is growing, and the expectation is that nostalgic adults will seek out these books the way adults have embraced Young Adult titles.

What will you get when you pick up a New Adult book? Expect a contemporary setting (food trucks, roommates, musicians, protests, dating sites), a first-person narrative, a fast-paced, steamy tone, and often a witty, sassy writing style.

Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes [eBook]

Second Thoughts by Cara Bertrand [eBook]

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover  [eBook]

Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder [eBook]

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker [eBook]

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen [eBook]

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea Cameron [eBook]

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young [eBook]

Real by Katy Evans [eBook]

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Lick by Kylie Scott


A World of Firsts/Genre Spotlight: New Adult [Library Journal]*

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