As an avid devourer of all things smutty romance, angst driven madness, lust that drips from the page and of course finding yourself and becoming an adult (but mainly we are here for the love) let me guide you into the crazy New Adult genre in a lot smoother fashion then good old 50 eased Anna into the world of BDSM.
Lets start nice and simple, what is considered New Adult
New adult (NA) fiction, also rendered as new-adult fiction, is a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18–30 age bracket. St. Martin’s Press first coined the term in 2009, when they held a special call for “…fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an ‘older YA’ or ‘new adult’.” New adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices – Wikipedia
So as my intro was slightly misleading NA is not all about the sex
but more about what happens to us not quite yet adults as we leave school and go on the hunt to find ourselves. As the genre grows I think the definition will probably need to change as it doesn’t particularly offer a guideline for other genres such as Fantasy or Scifi and where that fits within NA, that is however a different discussion post for a different day.
Where is the best place to start?
Well it all depends what it is your looking for in your books and yes this is important because NA is still a pretty broad term just like YA. Are you after maybe a College Romance that’s not very explicit? Do you want to read something super angsty? Maybe something that focuses on starting your first career outside of College or maybe even starting a family? Or are you looking for some great Erotica – and if this is the case then embrace it there is some amazingly sexy reads out there that have made me balling my eyes out and some equally amazingly Sexy reads that have just had me blushing so hard on the train and making my heart melt.
Once you know what it is your after then it will be easier for you to find the right books and people who review and recommend the books you want to read just like you would for any other genre.
Does all NA have sex in it?
Yes and no.
Pretty much all NA has sex or a mention of sex. The genre is for those between the ages of 18 and 30 and when you are that age sex almost always comes with relationships. There is however many books in the genre that aren’t sexually explicit for those who aren’t interested in a smutty read. I must admit there aren’t that many that I could personally recommend in those instances but I do still have some.
Why do you read read New Adult CJ?
Well, I am so glad you asked! I read NA because it is addictive, it’s fun and it reflects the issues I am facing. I am 23 in a relationship, working full time, saving for a house and kind of trying to figure out the type of adult I want to be in this crazy world. I am not ashamed to admit that I LOVE some erotica and I am a hopeless romantic.
Although I still read YA it’s almost exclusively Fantasy because I can no longer really relate to the drama that exists in the High School setting – on the odd occassion I will still pick up and enjoy YA Contemporary. I want to read about adult relationships minus the divorce and toddlers. I want to read about people my own age falling in love, falling in to bed and getting there life together, which for those who are also attempting this adulting thing you will know this isn’t an easy task. No NA isn’t for everyone but don’t knock it till you try it.
Here is 6 authors and books to get you started
So here is a super quick list of some great reads to start you on you NA journey. If you are interested in a more in depth list let me know and I can put on of those together:
- Why not start with those who started the genre? Colleen Hoover has written some erotic and some not so erotic novels for you to start with. After erotic try Ugly Love, less to no kinky business try November 9.
- Another amazing author who broke the mold would have to be J.Lynn also known as Jennifer L Armentrout. She also writes some great sexy reads along with some that aren’t. The beauty with her writing is that her books are almost always talking about an important issue along with a compelling romance. Her Wait for You series will forever sit on my favourite shelf and one I would recommend to almost anyone. The first book is very intimate but not very descriptive and though other books in the series are it’s definitely a good series to ease you in.
- “All NA is poorly written”, come back to me after reading either Unteachable or Cam Girl by Leah Raeder and lets see if your still singing the same tune.
- “NA is all about a bad boy who takes away a young impressionable girls innocence and he forever changes his way.” Yes this is a common trope in NA but it doesn’t mean that’s all NA is, are vampires in ever YA novel? Don’t believe me then try Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren.
- If you are looking for something that centers around not just love but also your career and juggling the 2 I would HIGHLY recommend the Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren. I have written a post on this series which you can find here and why I love it so much if you want to check that out. I will warn you now this is definitely erotica and if sexy time isn’t for you then this isn’t for you.
- Lastly it wouldn’t be a post on my blog without mentioning the queen Tillie Cole! If you are looking for sweet, hot AF or really F***ed up she has you covered! For the novice I would recommend (and have recommended) her Sweet Home series which has gone down really well with those who have taken on my recommendation and given it a go.
So what are you waiting for? You only live once eat the cake, read the sexy book, indulge in what makes you happy. If NA isn’t for you that’s ok any reading is good reading.
What do you think of NA? Do you have anymore to add to the list for those new to the genre?