Alright, so I know most of the book blogs I follow are primarily dedicated to the love of Young Adult literature, but over the course of the past few years, New Adult has slowly permeated the realm of young reading.
For the longest time, I was so against NA. It just wasn't my cup of tea. All the NA titles I read I found to be lacking in good plots or character development or BOTH! It always made me so sad, which is why I stuck to the YA genre like glue. I found YA character to be rich and beautiful and not diluted by sex and copious amounts of cursing.
I'm 24 years old, and as much as I hate it, I don't feel myself identifying with some YA books as much as I used to. Don't get me wrong, the empathy is still there, and I identify with them to a certain extent, but then there are also times that through growing up, you learn to see through different lenses; lenses that were crafted through your experiences.
I'm still on the side of YA lit, believe me, I love it more than anything, but I have slowly come to also care deeply for the New Adult genre as well, especially after reading Colleen Hoover's Ugly Love. Let me tell you, that book tore my heart out, threw it on the ground, allowed a thousand elephants to trample it into the ground, then shoved it back in my chest, assuming it would beat properly after all of that pain and grief.
I came to the realization that not only does my minor distaste for contemporary realistic fiction become a hindrance to my reading variance, but my dislike for NA was ill founded just the same. I was just reading the wrong NA titles. Obviously, there will be some NA titles that will be terrible and will be lacking in nearly every department except sex, but I also realized that there are other books that are just as good and just as heart shattering as some YA reads.
So what do you think about the New Adult genre? Do you enjoy it, hate it? Do you think that your age may have something to do with enjoying NA titles?