Recently there’s been a lot of talk in the publishing world about a new category called “New Adult.” I find this pretty interesting since my work-in-progress could technically be considered New Adult due to the main character being in her early 20’s, just starting her first job, and is starting to figure her life out (although a guy she meets throws her perfect plan out of whack!)
It got me thinking – when I was in my early 20’s, would I have considered myself a “New Adult?” For me, the answer is yes. Between the ages of 21 – 23, I graduated college, got into my first serious relationship, moved in with a guy, moved far away to another state, landed my first salaried full-time job, went through my first real break-up, and paid my own rent to my first apartment! Therefore, I definitely think the term “New Adult” is fitting for this age since it’s a time for many new experiences.
I would also call this the “Cosmo Generation” because between the ages of 21-23, my friends and I all subscribed to and read Cosmopolitan Magazine! We read it for the fashion, guy advice, sex tips, job news, etc. and it was found in every dorm room!
Anyway, I really like this new “New Adult” category and am excited to be about 50% done with my first draft of my NA manuscript.
What are your thoughts on this genre? Have you read any good NA books lately?