Friday, January 25, 2013

New books for New Adults

If you're the sort of person who makes an effort to keep track of the trends and labels popular in publishing (and I am), you may've come across the discussion of New Adult fiction. If this is your first time encountering the phrase New Adult to describe a book, you're probably wondering what on Earth that is meant to convey (or at least that was my reaction). Roughly speaking, these are books about the lives of 20-somethings aimed at 20-something readers.

What's driving this new marketing push is up for debate, but many agree that it has something to do with the recent popularity of Young Adult novels among adult readers. However you want to label it, a book about someone exploring their goals, identity, relationships, and place in the world can make for compelling reading. Or viewing. From HBO's recent series Girls to the cult favorite Veronica Mars.

Because this is a rather new designation, you'll find that the titles championed as New Adult are rather varied in tone, setting, and content. It's the difference between Rowling's Harry Potter series and Grossman's Magicians. So while some of these titles are shelved in the YA section at Carnegie-Stout, others might contain more about the physical side of relationships than some readers will be comfortable with.

That said, if you're a teen who tends to read books from the adult collection, or an adult who's always reading YA, New Adult might be the books for you! We've pulled together some suggestions from our collection, but if you want to read more, check out New Adult Alley, a blog devoted to New Adult fiction.

Adult Fiction
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Eighteen-year-old Layken struggles with holding her family together after her father dies, until she develops a relationship with her new neighbor, Will, who has a passion for poetry slams and gives her a new sense of hope.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she enrolls in a semiotics course and falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Morten, a time which is complicated by the resurfacing of a man who is obsessed with Madeleine.

Romance
Easy by Tammara Webber
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex's frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Young Adult Fiction
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Former popular girl, Echo, finds herself mysteriously cast as an outsider at school and has scars on her arms with no memory of how they got there. When she meets bad boy, Noah Hutchinson, she is surprised that he is able to understand. Sparks fly and the two have a hard time fighting their attraction despite secrets they are both keeping.

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed, but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This sequel to Forman's If I Stay is set three years after the car accident that almost killed Mia. This reflective story is told from the perspective of Adam, whose band took off after Mia left for Julliard, as they find their paths crossing again in New York.


Please stop by the Recommendations Desk on the first floor, check out NoveList Plus on the library's website, or visit W. 11th & Bluff next week for more reading suggestions. Or submit a Personal Recommendations request, and we'll create a reading list just for you!

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