Discussion: New Adult Nuisances

I was very excited when I first discovered the new adult genre. I'm entering college soon and people my age will obviously be easier to relate to. But, lately, I've discovered that new adult really is a nuisance more than anything else.

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 Carmack
Faking It by Cora Carmack
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

~*~Books that I Loved~*~
Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
Frigid by J. Lynn
Wait For You by J. Lynn
~*~Books that I Enjoyed~*~
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
The 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 Chase
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
Never 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 Ritchie

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.
This 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.

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!?!?

So...here are my questions to you.

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?


  1. I still do not understand why you think Pushing the Limits is NA, tbh. Or Dare You To. *tilts head*

    But I agree with you on the NA books that I've actually read. Much of this list I haven't. I suspect I wouldn't be with you on the J. Lynn books, but I have no plans to test this theory.

    I've read a couple others I enjoyed, but I don't know if they'd pull you out of your funk. I mostly just think it's stupid because the best NA books don't get classified as that because there's no banging. See: Fangirl.

    1. Idk PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO were like shoved down my throat as NA, so I consider them to be... yeah haha even though they're really not.

      I do hope FANGIRL pulls me out <3

  2. I agree with most of your choices but wanted to say I LOVED Addicted to You. I think if you like a strong emotional book this is for you. The characters are not strong though dealing with their addictions so if you prefer that it isn't for you. It was heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. Seriously one of my favorites ever. Easy was one of my first NA books too and it is hard to measure up to most but there are still some amazing ones in the mix. Good luck finding your next one!

    1. Thank you, Erika! And yeah, I'm fine with stuff like that but if I go into a book hating the world odds are I'll hate it too :/

  3. Honestly, I'm with you. I enjoyed Easy and Katie McGarry's books and those are pretty much the only ones. I've read some okay ones but most of them just make me want to bang my head into a wall. I've pretty much given up on NA but I'll probably try again in the future once the hype dies down a bit.

    Also, I totally get the erotica part. I read The Edge of Never and wow. That one was totally raunchy. And it sucked. Haha.

    Great discussion. Hopefully you find some NA books to help pull you out of your slump.

    Katie @ Katie's Book Blog

    1. Yeah ugh, the erotica aspect makes me want to fall over and die. I want a plot, not sex. If I wanted sex I'd pick up 50 SHADES OF GRAY.

  4. Ah. I wish I knew some NA books that could help you with your slump, but the ones I do like - Easy, Cora Carmack's novels - you've already included and the other one that I disliked - Wait for You - you actually liked. It's interesting that you posted this discussion today though because another reviewer (Siiri from Little Pieces of Imagination) posted a review of Wait for You that said she might be getting tired of NA, that a lot it is starting to blur together.

    The only other book I can think of right now that I've read with an older, college-age protagonist is the Bone Season, but it's sci-fi/fantasy and not typical NA nor what you seem to be looking for. OH WAIT OH WAIT. Have you read Psych Major Syndrome? Takes place in Leigh's freshman year of college. I really loved the humor in that one, and and the Compulsive Reader came up with a list of YA books that went beyond HS, so they might work too: http://www.thecompulsivereader.com/2011/01/reading-rants-ya-books-that-go-beyond.html.

    Other than that, I personally can't give you a lot of recommendations, but I could recommend some other blogs which seem focused on NA?

  5. Addicted to You is hands down the best NA I've read.

    That's really all I have to say to this post lol.