Over the course of the past few years, New Adult has emerged as a widely accepted and flourishing genre. Before it arrived on the scene, there was a gap in the young adult market for more mature fiction featuring heroines between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four. Talented authors led the way by writing stories that were too sexy to be considered YA but had a youthful focus on college and first loves not typical of adult contemporary romance. These authors inspired a passionate fan base and experienced great success. If you're new to the genre or just looking for a new favorite, here are ten books that you absolutely have to read.
The first book on your To-Be-Read list would be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Maguire. The heroine Abby Abernathy flees her dysfunctional family to attend Eastern University and get a fresh start. She meets tattooed bad boy Travis Maddox when she attends an underground fight. She's a virgin, and he most definitely is not, but the mismatched couple is undeniably drawn to each other. Travis's dark past, controlling nature, and anger management issues, however, threaten his chances of a happily ever after with Abby.
In Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, the heroine Sky is only seventeen-years-old, but the serious issues she faces resonate with older readers. She's reeling from a traumatic past. She has a reputation as a slut, but she doesn't actually feel anything for the boys she hooks up with. But then she meets Dean Holder. He's an intense young man with an agenda and a past of his own, and he helps her start to feel again. The truth about who he is and what he really wants, however, could destroy his relationship with Sky.