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Favourite New Adult Books

Friday, February 27, 2015

I felt bad after going on a mini rant last week when talking about New Adult books. I still feel the same way but I'm not anti-New Adult. In fact, some of my favourite books could fit or are in this category, so I thought I'd mention a few that I really enjoyed. 

Flat-Out Love/ Flat-Out Matt/ Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Parks

I just adored these books. The characters are so special and memorable and their trials are heartbreaking yet relatable. 

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager

This book pretty much took my breath away and I've re-read it twice. I don't re-read very often anymore, so that act is testament to how taken I was with this book. You just need to read this. I promise you won't regret it. 

Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

I'm a big fan of Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series and I liked this one in particular because half of it took part during the main character's first year at college. Apart from Fangirl (which we'll get to) I can't remember reading anything that deals with the moving in, making new friends, taking all these strange classes aspect of college. I think this is a great bridge book for those just about to finish high school and also a nice nostalgic trip for the rest of us whose college days have already turned golden thanks to Father Time. 

Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund

Secret societies, Ivy League, a band of misfit characters? What's not to love! If you like How to Get Away With Murder, definitely give this series a go. The student characters on that really remind me of the group in the Secret Society Girl series. 

Charmed Thirds/Fourth Comings/Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

Anyone who has ever glanced at this blog will know I'm a BIG fan of the Jessica Darling series. Again, I re-read these at least once a year (usually in the summer) and they always, always speak to me. There's something for everyone in these five books but the final three are set from college onwards and deal with all the usual fare associated with a twenty-something graduate but with signature Jessica Darling spin. I've seen people say they don't get these books but I really think it's about timing. Anyone in high school or college, get on them now and I promise you'll relate to them! As for the rest of us...well, it depends whether or not you can get back into the mindset of a teenager but that goes for all YA books. Sometimes, I forget they're written for Young Adults, not ME, and that's wrong. 

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

I really liked this book. The main character's situation isn't one you come across too much for this age range (I haven't anyway), so I appreciated that. The characters were well written and there was just that extra special something there. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Obviously. As with Breathe Annie Breathe this book is set during the twins' first year at college and all the ups and downs that go with that. Refreshing and hilarious!

Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

I read this around the time all those 'The Devils of Wall Street' books and films like Margin Call were out. This is a good inside look into the financial services industry through the eyes of a new graduate. I liked that the main character wanted to be a broker. So many of the twenty-somethings I read about are in the creative industries, which is fine - write what you know and all - but it was just a nice change. There's some good life lessons in there too. Maybe don't give it to someone just before they start their new financial services job though! 

What are some of your favourite New Adult type books? How about any with male protagonists? 

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