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New Adult: Verdict?
So New Adult. I just want to ask New Adult a question: WHY??? Why did you give me such hope with your promise of books that would bridge the gap between YA and Adult books? Why did you make me think that I would find tons of books that reminded me of my own college experience/life in my early 20's?? I just want to know why you made me think I would like you and then you proceeded to show me the same EXACT book over and over again?? Please explain it to me.
Ok so I was being a little bit harsh. Not all NA's are exactly the same. Just most of them are (IMO). I don't get it though. Why did the idea of writing books with college age characters make all these authors run to the computer to write about virgin/innocent/insecure/naive/inexperienced girls and bad boys who have sex with everything that walks but also hides some sort of painful secret. I get that 50 Shades brought out some people's need for erotica, but is that the only fantasy that people have? I know for sure that my fantasy is not to see some virgin girl defiled by a man-slut. As soon as I see virgin I am instantly like HELL NO. It's SO freaking old news. Our damn society and it's need for women to be "pure". Give me a break. If guys can be hot and sexy while having sexual experience, so can women. Get over it already!! End rant.
But for real: What is the deal with this genre (or sub-genre/age range)? Why is there ZERO creativity flowing? I can think of at least 99 things that I did in college that are so much more interesting than insta-love between good-girl and bad-boy. I know a lot of people have said that because the genre mainly consists of Contemporary right now that there-in lies the problem. BUT I pretty much exclusively read YA Contemporary and in no way do I feel like I'm reading the same story over and over again. There are SO many issues covered in YA Contemporary... where are these issues in NA? People in their late teens/early 20's have so much going on!! I just think it is such a missed opportunity to have this genre getting all this attention and then be full of books that aren't up to par.
So how can this be fixed? Well I think there needs to still be a few more stand out awesome authors to pave this genre. I know there are a few already, but I think it needs more. Too many self-published books are jumping on the bandwagon... and while I love self-published books, for this genre exclusively I think they are ruining it. And publishers: Please find some books about college that are about something fresh! I beg you! I've wanted books like that for so long and haven't had too many at all. Also maybe some dystopian/sci-fi/paranormal stuff would help?
New Adult-ish Books That I've Liked:
- Jessica Darling Books (be Megan McCafferty) after she graduates high school- The writing in these books are like WOW and the main character is a kick-ass heroine.
- Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls- I liked that this book was about a mental illness and how that mental illness caused the M/C to do hurtful things. The romance was secondary to the illness to me.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- OMG!! Best book ever. Not sure if it qualifies as NA or if it is more YA, but it's about girls in college so.... But yeah it's amazing and I could read 100 books more like this.
Books I Will Never Read:
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire- Hell. No. I will never read this book. I've done my research on this and I know that the only outcome from me reading this will be my blood pressure raised and me being extremely offended.
- The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski- Well Book Rock Betty wrote this review. And I think that just says it all.
- Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens- This one just sounds like a love-triangle that goes on and on and on and on. And the girl in it blushes a lot apparently.... just no.
- Down to You by M. Leighton- A girl who is doing it with twin brothers.... ewwww!!!!! And the twin's names are Cash and Nash. Seriously?
Books That I'm Thinking About:
- Easy by Tammara Webber
- Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
- Slammed by Colleen Hoover
- Yes/No?? Have you read these?
So what do you think about NA? Do you read it? Do you like it? Do you have any recs for me?
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