Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry (8) New Adult Books!!


Hello everyone!! I have to say that I am pretty excited about the topic this week! I am a huge fan of New Adult books and it seems like a lot of people just really have the wrong perception of what they really are. Nick from Nick's Book Blog suggested this topic for us, so thanks chick!! 

We will be posting as follows:
Jenni @ Alluring Reads - Mondays (YouTube Channel)
Giselle @ Xpresso Reads - Thursdays/Fridays (whichever works best) (YouTube Channel)
Amy (Me) @ Book Loving Mom - Saturdays (YouTube Channel)
This weeks posts from the other BGDC girls:
Oh that's quite a face. Sadly, it was the best out of all the thumbnails for my vlog.

I mention a few of my favorite NA books including

If You Stay by Courtney Cole
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
The Wild Ones by M. Leighton
Wait for You by J. Lynn

There are so many more I could mention (Going Under and Shallow by Georgia Cates were awesome too!) Okay, see what I mean. I have read a bunch and I have more than I can even count on my nook. Well, I'm sure I could count them, but really, who has time for that? 

So anyways, for those of you who didn't watch the vlog, I basically say that NA is just more mature topics and 20 something year old characters. They are at a different stage in life than the characters in YA books and it makes me feel way less creepy swooning over a 22 year old than a 16 year old. I know they are fictional and all that, but I'm not that young anymore and it makes me feel a bit dirty. NA makes me feel much better about the whole swooning thing. I feel like I can relate better to the situations that the characters go through, and I find that they tend to be much more character driven than a lot of YA books are. (That's not to say there aren't a lot of really awesome character driven YA novels too. I still absolutely love reading YA and even MG so this isn't meant to say they aren't as great at all!) 

What I forgot to mention in the vlog was that also the petty drama stuff tend to not be as much of an issue. There is still plenty of drama, it's just a more grown up mature drama lol! And yes, there's usually sex in NA, but that's not what it's about. It just happens that people that age tend to be doing it, and since the books are geared at older readers it's okay to write about it where as in YA if there's sex it has to be a fade to black type thing.

Now I am just getting carried away with my rambling and trying to remember what I said in my vlog so I'm done. Leave me your thoughts! Also don't forget to check out Jenni and Giselle's posts if you haven't already. They are linked above my video. And leave us suggestions for topics you want to hear about on the form in any of our Book Girls pages on our blogs!

20 comments:

  1. I love New Adult, and I love the books you mentioned. I feel less creepy for liking the older guys, too, so... WIN! And seriously, the people who say NA books are just YA w/more sex have likely never read a New Adult book. Great topic!

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    1. I am totally addicted to the NA genre!!

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  2. Yay your hair is so awesome (still! :P) and I love your glasses they look like my old ones! Bahaha I love that you toast! Is that wine of apple juice? >.<

    I'm Still waiting for If You Stay on the kobo! What the heckers? I need that book! haha. LOL @ The pedophileness of us loving YA boys! I only read 3, maybe 4 since I kind of consider that book from Kelley York NA (they're in college). The others are The Sea of Tranquility, the Lynn Rush series, and the Experiment in Terror series (just book 1 so far).

    Easy will be my next read everyone is going gaga over it. And Hopeless will be next bc I got it from Edelweiss (Artia is publishing it) so I'M super excited for both of them! I also have Losing it from you that will be the third! Oh and the The Edge of Never has such an awesome cover so I have to read it soon too (and yes the cover counts! haha.)

    OMG I have so much catching up to do!!

    BWAHAHA chug chug!! YES!! BAHAHAHA You rock my world!!

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    1. Lol!! That's not apple juice it's Pinot Grigio chick!! I knocked the camera over the first time I tried to toast and had to start over hehe!

      I loved If You Stay and Hushed. I have The Sea of Tranquility and can't wait to get to it!! You will love Losing It!! It's so fun!! Bliss is so funny and awkward.

      Totally couldn't chug, but I did what I could!! And had a wussy burp lol!!

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  3. Ah, I love your glasses! And your hair! And of course the Pinot, I mean seriously. Unfortunately from what I've heard from friends, I don't think I'll love new adult. I'm sure I read a new adult novel without knowing it, though. I think Just One Day is classified as NA, and I thought that was fantastic. AND OMG YES about feeling like a creeper swooning for love interests in young adult novels. But the problem is from reviews of NA I've read I don't feel like I'll actually swoon for any of the love interests in NA. From what I've read they're all assholes. You'll have to be the person I come to when I need NA recs. Though I will be reading Jennifer Echol's (sp?) Dirty Little Secret soon, so I'll hope for the best with that one. I'm pretty sure it will be my first NA novel I read while *knowing* I was reading a NA novel. *fingers crossed*

    PS: love the background music. And I feel like I ammmmm, juuuust too close tooo looooooovee youuu.

    PPS: I haven't had my coffee yet.

    PPPS: OMG I just read a poll asking if Tempest should be considered a NA novel. I hadn't even thought of it but I think it kind of wavers between NA and YA.

    PPPPS: Nice burp. ;)

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    1. Some people just aren't into that type of book. I can understand that. If I hadn't become obsessed with contemporary, I probably never would have read New Adult, but now I love them. Not all love interests in NA are assholes either. There have been a few books I have stayed away from because of that, but it's just like in any other genre. Some have characters like that, some don't.

      I was listening to the top 40 stations on iHeart Radio. :)

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  4. I so agree! Totally in love with New Adult & I'm toasting back with my Coke Zero!

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  5. Haha! I totally get what you mean about feeling like a creeper when swooning over a YA boy! It makes me feel really awkward sometimes. You know how much I love NA, so it pisses me off when people say it's just an excuse to write sex in YA. I definitely don't think that NA is just YA with sex. I agree that there are some books that are pretty heavy on the sex, but definitely not all of them. Most just really brush over the scenes.
    My reason for liking NA is definitely because of the age group and the themes. I feel like I can connect better with the characters and I enjoy the mature themes NA books deals with.
    Great vlog, Amy!
    Loving the new hairstyle! :)

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    1. Yes, it bothers me when people think that it's just about sex or whatever. I really just like the age and situations better because it's easier to relate to I guess. I also like that they seem to be very character driven. Characters are the most important thing for me in a book!

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  6. See I wish NA had more sub-genres because I am completely ou5t of the look since I'm on a contemporary drought. I'm keeping all the titles that you, Giselle & Jenni have mentioned for whenever the mood strikes me.

    And I TOTALLY get feeling totally creppo about gushing over HS boys. I think that's why I've been reading more adult stuff lately. The angsty juvenility of YA gets old sometimes!

    Loving your glasses & love the new hair girl!
    Cheers ♥

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    1. Yeah, I think that other sub-genres are being added in now. I know that I heard about a paranormal NA so that's pretty cool.

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  7. I really liked what you said at the end about NA being more character-driven and YA being more plot-driven. I think that's why I'm gravitating toward NA right now. As YA becomes more and more commercial, it's not even plot-driven as much as concept-driven--PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALIENS, FIGHTS TO THE DEATH, etc.--and I just get tired of it because I don't usually read books for the concept. Who cares if it's not a good book?

    This is more a response to the comments than the blog...it's true that a lot of the NA books have kind of assholish bad boys and extreme/soap opera-ish situations. But the funny thing is, when I was working with agents on contemporary, there was a TON of pressure to make everything super dramatic and frankly over the top. For the NA I'm writing now, I'm no feeling any of that pressure at all--I feel like I can keep it very down to earth and just the kind of ordinary problems college students deal with, and hopefully it will still appeal to the audience. So it's a nice, refreshing change!

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    1. Thanks for the awesome comment Stephanie! I find that yes, there is drama in NA, but it's a more mature type drama, not just juvenile drama. I don't find them to be more drama filled than YA or less, just a different kind of it.

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  8. You know I love NA's lately. I love all your favorite picks!

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    1. NA is such a great genre for us older people who love YA, but sometimes need something a bit more mature!!

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  9. First of all, you’re listening to Try in the beginning. Ah I LOVE Pink! Went to see her in January and it was AMAZING! Second, I toast along with you to New Adult books! Third, I was looking forward to your post because I know you have read a lot of NA books so you can talk more about the books. Last thing, I don’t watch vlogs cause my dinosaur computer takes FOREVER to load but I had to watch this one :)
    As you know, I am in love with NA books! I hate when people say that NA is just YA with sex or an excuse to add sex scenes to YA books. Especially when these people don’t even read NA books. Urgh, grinds my gears! Anyone who thinks that I will happily point them in the direction of my fist. Just kidding :) (not really)
    A few of my favorites are Hopeless, Slammed, Point of Retreat, Charade, One Week Girlfriend, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, and Easy. If you haven’t read any of them I really hope you read them eventually.
    I am so embarrassed that I haven’t read The Edge of Never yet. I’ve had it since the day it came out and I just keep forgetting. I feel like such a failure!
    Anyway, I love that you guys did this post. I have been trying to talk about NA for months and every time I start to write my post I have to stop because I just ramble. Then I uh…start to get a little violent. Sorry for the looong post.

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    1. I love P!nk too!!! She is amazing. I totally wish I could see her in concert!! I love that you watched my vlog even though you never watch them! Thank you, that means a lot! I would love to see you write a post about it. Getting ranty is fun!! I have most of the books you mentioned, but haven't gotten to them yet. DUDE!! You need to read The Edge of Never. It's freaking amazing!!

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  10. I cant say I have fully got on the NA train yet. I have lots of the books but no chance to read them. The Wild Ones is one I was going to start with. I have read several that aren't romances though. EJ Wesley's books are NA and they are just urban fantasy and no romance at all yet. I think when people think of NA they think of the romance books that are so popular but there are others with less romance as well.

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    1. Exactly, NA doesn't need to be a romance, but most of the really popular ones are. I really liked EJ Westley's novellas. They were great.

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