My first ever new adult read was Easy by Tammara Webber. It completely blew me away. It's safe to say that I loved every minute of it and looked towards other novels in the genre with high hopes. But, all hopes were quickly dashed. I'll give you a break down of my new adult experiences so you see what I mean...
~*~Books That Will Forever Have a Place in my Heart~*~
Easy by Tammara Webber
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
~*~Books that Blew Me Away~*~
Losing it by Cora CarmackFaking It by Cora CarmackJust One Day by Gayle Forman
~*~Books that I Loved~*~
Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria SnadowskyFrigid by J. LynnWait For You by J. Lynn
~*~Books that I Enjoyed~*~
The Vincent Boys by Abbi GlinesThe Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
~*~Books that I was Disappointed In~*~
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
~*~Books that I Could Not Stand~*~
Uses for Boys by Lorraine Scheidt
~*~Books that Make me Want to Glue my Eyes Shut~*~
Suddenl Royal by Nicole ChaseFallen Too Far by Abbi GlinesNever Too Far by Abbi Glines
Now, I know that it looks like there's a decent chunk of adored books in there, and I'll admit there are (even if all the reviews are not up yet), but the problem I have is that all of those negative books are the ones I've read most recently. And I feel like I'm falling into a huge new adult slump because the output of good ones seems to be so few and far between.
FALLEN TOO FAR and NEVER TOO FAR underwhelmed me in indescribable ways. They were poorly written and they had horrible characters. They pretty much served as porn, in my opinion. SUDDENLY ROYAL was also just...poorly written and poorly thought out. It was poor in all aspects. As for USES FOR BOYS, don't even get me started.
But then there's HOPELESS. This one seems to be widely loved and adored, so I looked towards it to take me out of this hole I've somehow buried myself into and, damn, I had so many problems with it. I understand why people fell in love with it, but I could only give it three stars at best. Points of it were not well done, several huge plot twists were unbeleivable. I struggled, to say the least.
Even ones I enjoyed, like THE VINCENT BROTHERS, had issues. I couldn't stand the fact that the main character re-invented herself just to catch someone's eye. Where is the girl power that I found in EASY?!
And I've been sitting on this one new adult book for months now...
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca RitchieThis was written by the lovely girls at Nawanda Files. I love them to pieces and I'm so excited to read this book, but I refuse to allow myself to go into it marred by my current new adult experiences. I have to dig myself out of this hole so that I am not going into it expecting the worst. I've beta read for them before and their both amazing little geniuses when it comes to creating plots, but if I go in with a cloud hanging over my head it will obviously sway my decision. Mood means a lot while reading. And while I know deep down that I'll enjoy that one, I can't bring myself to pick it up until my mood reflects the open attitude that I once had to the new adult genre, but don't anymore.
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.
Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.
I feel like something that is so promising has just gone down hill. I don't relate to half of the characters because the plots are so absurd. There's way too much sex for no reason. I want a story, not porn. It's almost as if some authors are getting away with erotica. And, to top it off, I feel like they're all following emerging cliches and overall plots with only slight variations. It's like I'm constantly wanting to throw my hands in the air and proclaim my hatred for something I once though I'd love with all my heart. And that epiphany sucks.
|Why, new adult?! WHYYYYYYY!?!?|
What new adult books do you think can pull me out of this slump so that I can finally read a book written by close friends?
Have you experienced times where you felt like new adult is just an excuse to write porn for younger audiences?
Or do you think it's time to abandon this sinking ship because it has no hope to be revived?