New Adult??? - #TheVocalReader @NightOwlReviews
"I don't want any other girl." He shook his head and took a step closer, cupping my face in his hands. "I belong with you and you belong with me." -Magan Vernon, The Only One.
Romantic, the quote above and if I can confess was taken from one of my favorite novels. Whether or not you tend to pay close attention to the marketing of books you might have heard the hype about the latest genre that has arrived. No, I'm not talking about Erotica Romance. (Sorry, Mr. Grey.) I'm talking about New Adult Fiction. Wait. What?
Believe me when I say I didn't make a misprint. I meant to type New Adult. Confused? Well, you're not alone.
In fact when I first introduced this genre to the readers of my blog as an "author spotlight" readers were surprised and many thought I had made an error. Questions overrode my inbox for the rest of the week and all readers had the same question on their minds,
It's a logical question. I was surprised when most readers hadn't heard of the genre. It isn't that New Adult hasn't been receiving the spotlight as of lately because it has, but maybe we just haven't opened our minds into accepting such a change.
In case you haven't heard of New Adult, here is the 411 on the hot new genre.
New Adult Fiction has one rule and that is to target readers between the ages of 18-25. Some publishers will make the argument that the genre will appeal to women in their 30's.
The concept was first introduced by St. Martin's Press in 2009. The idea was to appeal "to older adults," or those of us who may find ourselves stepping out into the real world after high school graduation.
If you pickup a New Adult novel you will see that most of the issues focus on leaving home, developing sexuality, negotiating education (think college grants) and career choices. The occasional bad boy slips into a few of the novels as well as some grueling, sex scenes that may not be suitable for all readers.
As a reviewer, reader and writer (whew, that's too many titles) I find its easier to keep an open mind when being introduced to a new genre, but readers are different. In fact readers have proven to be skeptical when authors and publishers break the molds of classic genres like Romance or Paranormal.
"It just seems a little young for me. I like older heroes, men that have matured. I don't know how I would feel about reading about men under the twenty-five mark." I quoted a new New York reader when I asked her thoughts on New Adult novels.
"I don't get it. I'm thirty-one and I just don't find reading about kids starting out in their lives, interesting."
Reaching to read a new novel or a new genre isn't an easy leap for some readers. New Adult is fresh and novels are soaring onto the shelves at many locations. Reviews are reaching for the stars and the novels are living up to the hype.
"I'm open to something new like New Adult. I'm tired of the typical Romance and Erotica books that everyone loves, I want something new." A reader disagreed.
She summarized New Adult at its best. It is pristine, exciting and introduces readers to younger, yet still relatable plots.
Its likely that New Adult will stay on the market for years to come. I have personally enjoyed the majority of New Adult novels that I have read. Still, this is about readers and I wanted to ask the opinions of those that had taken the plunge and read New Adult. It didn't take me long in my selection to find readers that had read the genre.
"I've been waiting for New Adult forever. I am twenty-years-old and I feel like the characters (in Romance novels) are always so mature. The men are always so far out of my reach that I don't feel like I can keep up." A young reader expressed.
Another young reader agreed.
"I love reading about men that are around my age! Men that haven't 'settled' into their lives. I want men that are looking for relationships, but are having fun with dating. Marriage isn't in their vocabulary, just yet."
If you think New Adult novels are just for the younger generation keep in mind that any genre can and will appeal to older readers. In fact mothers are drawn to the genre as is career-orientated women.
"It's a chance to revisit the moments that I cherish the most. I'm thirty-five and a mother to four children. I love my life, but reading New Adult fiction allows me to revisit the moments that lead me to this point in my life." A passionate, reader enthusiastically told me.
I continued the discussion of New Adult for weeks, interviewing a large number of readers along the way. I enjoyed reading the responses of readers, the ones that make the marketing, reviewing and the writing of novels so worth while and discovered that most readers are willing to give new genres a read, but first they have to have the low-down on the genre itself.
This is so important to the careers of authors as readers are the true critics. It is the readers that are out there racing to their newest book shops or hitting the download button on their E-devices in purchasing the latest novels.
Readers are fans. Authors are the Rockstars. Editors are the people behind the scenes that make it all happen. Think its a bit too much? It really isn't.
"A book is a book. I have a favorite novel out of every single genre including New Adult." My final reader of the day stated.
It's true most of us have favorites that do not all belong to the same genre. So whether it is New Adult or a new genre that is waiting to make its own mark on the publishing world, one thing is for certain, readers are open-minded. Most readers will support the industry that they love, all they need is the right amount of information and a gentle push before new favorites are discovered.
Selections of New Adult Novels:
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
-Meet Abby Abernathy, the good girl. Abby doesn't drink or swear, just a girl that is looking to put as much distance between the darkness of her past and herself as possible. Arriving at the college campus with her best friend, Abby knows the moment she lays on Travis Maddox that trouble is brewing, the kind of trouble that Abby knows is deadly.
Travis Maddox is known as the One-Night-Stand on campus with his tattoos and bad boy reputation he spends his night winning money in a floating, fight ring. Only a single bet of attractive with the beautiful Abby can lead her into Travis's arms and into his bed. Only, Travis doesn't know that by meeting Abby he has finally meant his true match.
This is book one of a series. Book Two, entitled Walking Disaster was released on April 2, 2013 by Atria Books.
Easy by Tammara Webber
One night and Jacqueline's life was changed, forever. A single night and Jacqueline would never be the same. An attack by someone she knew, a rescue made by a hero that is considered "different," at her campus and an unexpected love as Jacqueline searching for answers. When her attacker becomes a stalker Jacqueline has no choice but to trust Lucas, her savior. Suddenly apperances are everything and knowing who to trust is anything, but easy.
This book is published through Berkley Trade an imprint of Penguin Group, USA.
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
If there is one thing that Camryn Bennett prides herself on its the ability to think out-of-the-box. Determined not to dwell on the negative impacts of her life, Camryn pushes forward. One night at a nightclub and Camryn makes the ultimate decision to leave her home and everything that she knows behind in hopes of finding something new.
That something new proves to be Andrew Parrish, a man that is haboring the same inner darkness that Camryn is trying desperatly to forget, but Camryn swore she would never fall in love.
Her life is different with Andrew as he shows her what life is like living outside the box and surrendering to her deepest, darkest secrets. Will Andrew's own secrects push them together or further apart?
Due to sexual content and lanugage this book is recommend for readers 17+.
The Edge of Never is the first book in the series. Book 2, The Edge of Always will be released November 5, 2013.
Columnist: Tracy Adams is a professional book reviewer and writer. Tracy's personal blog is Smitten w/ Books. Read her Night Owl Reviews!