“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking” – Haruki Murakami
This may come as a surprise to many people, but since I started reading Young Adult literature in high school, I’ve never truly crossed over to reading Adult fiction in my early 20’s. After my failed attempts to dive into the Adult fiction, I came to the conclusion that my heart must just lie with Young Adult literature. And why not? Young adult literature has a lot to offer adult readers: exciting, action-packed and fast-paced plot lines; amazing writers; an escape from adult responsibilities by reliving your youth; and of course, vampire romance stories!
If you’d like to delve deeper into the world of young adult novels, the following website offers a great place to start: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults. However, if you are in the same boat as I am and don’t know where to start in Adult fiction, then the category of “New Adult fiction” may be for you! New Adult fiction is the hot new genre in the book world. USA Today columnist, Deirdre Donahue, described it as “mix the high-octane emotions of youth with the freedom of leaving home and you’ve brewed up a potent new book category.” The themes that you will find in these novels will be a mixture of young adult themes (identity, sexuality, race, addictions, bullying, family problems) and issues facing adults ages 18-25 like leaving home for the first time, facing military deployment, college life, and marriage.
You can find a list of New Adult fiction books at the following website: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult-fiction.
Another great list to look at is the Alex Award winners. These novels were written for adults but have special appeal to Young Adults: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/alex
Some New Adult titles can be found in the MORE catalog: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Maguire; Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; and The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski.