“There’s a period of time where adulthood feels like a new pair of shoes. The expectations of independence and self-sufficiency are still new, still being broken in. New Adults are the people who have just begun to walk in those shoes; New Adult fiction is about their blisters and aches.”- NA Alley.
What is the New Adult genre? It is an emerging genre of fiction about the life experiences of 18- to 25-year-olds. The genre came out of the on-line world, it is a big on-line self-publishing phenomenon. Readers are driving this developing category of literature because they are looking for books with characters related to them. These “new” adults are experiencing a world of firsts:becoming more independent, facing life’s challenges, and taking on more responsibilities. Characteristics of New Adult fiction are first-person narration, romantic, dramatic, "emotionally-intense story lines, soap-opera like plots with college settings, and characters with “issues” ranging from history of abuse, anger management issues, and troubled family lives."
These are a few key authors and titles of the New Adult genre:
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
This romantic story centers around Abby Abernathy, a good girl with a dark past, and Travis Maddox, a bad boy, a fighter at the Circle fight club.Travis does not believe in relationships, he is not what Abby is looking for in a guy. However two of them develop an unlikely friendship which leads to a bet - a simple bet that will change their lives. Abby and Travis learn how to trust and rely on each other.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
It is a romantic, feel-good read that touched me.18 years old Layken or "Lake" has just moved to Michigan from Texas with her mother and a little brother. After pulling up with the moving van she meets her neighbour across the street Will and his little brother. Will is a character with many secrets. Will and Lake immediately form a strong connection. Will is different, their first date is different-he takes her to a poetry slam. Layken's first day at school is interesting: she meets her new English teacher Mr. Will Cooper.
Losing It by Cora Carmack
It is another teacher-student romance."Bliss doesn't want to graduate college with her virginity intact, so she figures a one-night stand is the easiest way to remedy the situation. What she doesn't count on is seeing the guy she left in her bed hours earlier when she walks into theater class - and he’s not a student, he’s her professor."
Easy by Tammara Webber
After Jacqueline's boyfriend of 3 years, Kennedy, breaks up with her she is shocked to find herself drawn to Lucas, a handsome guy who rescues her from an attempted rape. She is also attracted to London, her Economics tutor. This romantic and sweet novel is loaded with emotions and secrets.
Bared to You by Silva Day
The story follows Eva Tramell, 24 years old, a recent college graduate, as she starts her new life and career in New York City. While in the lobby of the Crossfire Building where her office is she runs into the most gorgeous man she has ever seen - Gideon Cross, a billionaire playboy and the owner of the building. The chemistry between Eva and Gideon is nuclear. There are numerous twists and turns in their relationships. Full of emotions, secrets and love scenes this fast-paced erotic romance is Fifty Shades of Grey read-alike.
If you are looking for romantic, dramatic, fast-paced and steamy novels with post-high school characters than try New Adult genre.