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Subject: -young adult books?
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 8:52 AM ET
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hey all I'm a little confused, I keep seeing young adult contemporary books-anyone else love the titles/covers/blurbs, then start reading and the heroine talks like a teen, or the theme is awful?

Date Posted: 5/25/2014 9:47 AM ET
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I've found that happens with books from all genres. Especially with ebooks because anyone can self-publish a book and sell it on Amazon. I read the reviews and usually try the sample but I still sometimes pick some losers.

I sometimes read New Adult books but not a lot of YA books. Two YA books that I really liked - My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. There's a YA forum on PBS with monthly 'What are you reading?" threads that might be helpful.


 

Date Posted: 5/25/2014 4:04 PM ET
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You might be picking up the new marketing category, the New Adult books.  Aimed at being YA style with sex.  There has been a strong marketing push for these books, with some awkward shelving issues.  

Date Posted: 5/25/2014 4:17 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/25/2014 7:48 PM ET
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I've found that New Adult books usually fall into one of three categories - girl can't decide between 2 guys; shy, innocent, unsure of herself, good girl and experienced, tattooed bad boy; or one or both have experienced severe emotional trauma. It's refreshing to find something a little different.

Date Posted: 5/25/2014 9:26 PM ET
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I've read some New Adult books but I have to space them out because I can't read them back to back to back.

I find it hard to believe you're going to find the love of your life and live HEA when you're that young and have little or no life experience.  I know it does happen but I would think it's the exception rather than the norm.

Oh yes, since I'm also old enough to have children that age, I don't find it refreshing to read about people that young.  Makes me feel old when I'm not.



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Date Posted: 5/25/2014 9:40 PM ET
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Wanted to clarify my statement. I don't find any of the three categories I mentioned above refreshing. I prefer something a little different than the same theme rehashed over and over. One example of a YA/NA that was completely different is Making Faces by Amy Harmon. I loved that book, one of my absolute favorites of any genre.

Date Posted: 5/26/2014 7:25 AM ET
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Sometimes you don't realize it's YA. I mean YA romance I think they call it new ya or something like that-but it's in the same romance section as the other romances. and sometimes they don't tell you the ages on the back cover and the characters aren't In school so you can't determine it that way. And the titles/covers are soooo pretty that they trick me! I really wanted to like monica mccartneys' one week girlfriend, the theme was awesome etc, and the writing was awful.

Date Posted: 5/26/2014 7:26 AM ET
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BTW I posted this as a regular question but maybe you guys will know-do you know any romances where the guy pays the girl to be/pretend to be his wife/girlfriend? not ya obviously, angsty is fine. Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 7:43 PM ET
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