I have mixed feelings on the burgeoning new adult genre, but at the same time I appreciate that there’s an audience out there who adores it. I think some new adult is done very well (True by Erin McCarthy) and some…not as well. Here are a few of the titles I’ve read recently with varying levels of enjoyment.
‘Stay With Me’ by Elyssa Patrick:
A famous actress moves to Vermont to give up her career and attend college. She meets an attractive Vermont native an quickly falls in love. I enjoyed this one, but it wasn’t particularly memorable for me. Pros: decent character development, realistic scenarios (even with one character being an actress/singer). Cons: A bit too predictable, but who doesn’t love a happily ever after. Read it if you like the brief synopsis I provided, that’s really all there is to it. Based on the book, I think it’s going to be a series.
‘Torn’ by K. A. Robinson:
This one pushed my buttons – in the negative away. I hate ridiculous cliffhangers and this one certainly had a big one. I know it’s to get readers to buy your book, but in this case it didn’t work. College girl with a troubled past much choose between her best friend who is in love with her and between the campus bad boy in the band. There is nothing offensive about the book and if this is the sort of storyline you like – go for it. I didn’t like it and I won’t be recommending it to readers (though I won’t go out of my way to discourage others from doing so).
‘Sweet’ by Erin McCarthy:
The sequel to True, this one focuses on the oldest of four brothers who slowly falls for his opposite. I liked this one. It wasn’t as great as True (one of my favorite new adult releases), but I enjoyed it for what it was. It was fun to be \
back in the Mann family and I’m looking forward to Robin’s story next.
Believe by Erin McCarthy:
The third book in the True Believers and the least successful of the three. Party girl Robin gets way too drunk one night and sleeps with her best friend’s boyfriend. Because of the guilt she carries, she withdraws from her entire social life until she meets the Mann brothers cousin Phoenix. While I liked the their relationship develops sober – unusual in New Adult books – it’s a little bit possessive for my taste. I’ll likely still read the fourth book, but I hope there’s a bit less rage and possessiveness.