New Adult bestseller lists seem to be crowded with books that deal with everything angst. There are the books about death, the books about assault, the books about broken pasts and broken presents. There are books about looming, clouded secrets that prevent people from ever having good relationships until “that person” comes along.
But New Adult is so much more than the traumatic past and the dark alpha-male hero. New Adult can be fun and comedic, too.
Fun New Adult exists, and it’s a story style that is growing in popularity as New Adult books are picked up by different publishers. It’s also a story style that provides a relief for those that are tired of all of the emotion brought on by dark “realistic” stories that rely heavily on trauma to create character narratives. These light New Adult books still tackle important character arcs, but they’ll leave you laughing instead of crying, which makes all the difference.
Make it Count by Megan Erikson
I chose this book as my Best-Of for June here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Erikson’s debut New Adult novel is the first in a series about Bowler University. It features a serious (and nerdy) hero and a determined (but playful) heroine. The book deals with some heavier issues such as the struggle of living with a learning disability that goes unnoticed in the public school system, but it deals with them in an atmosphere that is humorous rather than sad.