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I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade yet, but I’m starting to read more. It’s fun, and usually doesn’t have a lot of romance (yay!) My favorite, favorite middle grade series would be Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.
Young Adult is primarily what I read. Currently there are 200+ young adult book reviews on the blog. I think I like this genre the most because anything goes. It’s more of an identifier than a genre, since you’ve got young adult romance, young adult fantasy, young adult historical fiction, etc. etc. But I like the creativity that comes out of young adult. I mean, where else would you find a dystopian version of The Wizard of Oz, or a Greek/Roman myth inspired version of Beauty and the Beast?
I’m often critical of the content in young adult, particularly the romantic relationships. I’m so tired of the insta-love/insta-lust tropes, and the love triangle tropes. I know people say teens are like that, but you know what? Not all of them are. I certainly wasn’t, so I would like to see books that portray romance in ways other than what’s popular, so kids like me can see themselves too. But that’s a topic for a longer discussion.
I’m mentioning New Adult quickly because I saw on a couple other posts this week that a lot of people don’t understand what it is, or don’t see a need for it. First, I invite you to check out New Adult Alley, one of the best sources for information on authors, publishers, topics, and New Adult books.
New Adult is a newish genre, but it’s one I’m really excited about. When I was in my earlier twenties, I would have loved more transition between young adult and adult novels. Now, I’m generalizing, but adult novels to me usually mean the characters are going through marriage or divorce or something like that. Yes, I know there’s more to it, but I’m mentioning that because New Adult talks about the messy relationships that come between first crushes/loves (Young Adult) and the steps of marriage/divorce/etc.
Right now, New Adult is kind of sticking to extremely troubled main characters who have undeniable attractions to each other. Or it’s thinly veiled erotica. All of which is fine, but I do hope to see New Adult grow. New Adult reads I’d recommend (that go beyond that) are: BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack and FIGHTING FOR THE EDGE by Jennifer Comeaux.
A lot of my own ideas fit into the New Adult age bracket/experiences, so I’m hoping it sticks around for that too!
I’ve done a post in the past for top ten things on my reading list. What would you like to see more of in these genres?