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February 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Core Collection
New adult (NA) fiction—erotic, dramatic, and funny—crosses the adult and youth line. So we’ve joined adult and youth editorial forces to put together a new adult core collection that encompasses the three primary facets of the genre, which we’ve tagged: New Adult Romance, New Adult Fiction, and Young Adult for New Adult. You will find an enticing spectrum of novels that portray characters who are leaving home for the first time, or returning flat broke; navigating college, buckling down to jobs, or not; and, of course, weathering the storms of lust and love.
New Adult Romance
Be with Me. By J. Lynn. 2014. Morrow, paper, $13.99 (9780062294784).
NA romance standout Lynn tells the tale of Teresa and Jase, her older brother’s best friend, who share a transforming kiss. But as they start college, they struggle with hidden troubles and fears, and their anxiety is heightened by a campus tragedy.
Come to Me Quietly. By A. L. Jackson. 2014. NAL, paper, $14 (9780451467973)
Aly dreams of becoming an artist but feels that she should do the practical thing and study nursing, even as she longs for her secret high-school crush, bad-boy Jared, who has turned into a bedeviled man. Best-selling Jackson tells a tale of risk and hard choices.
Everyone Loves a Hero . . . and That’s the Problem. By Marie Force. 2011. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $6.99 (9781402245749).
Business student and newsstand clerk Olivia cannot believe that the handsome military hero who defended her from another customer’s rudeness could be interested in her. Self-avowed ladies’ man Cole is equally nonplussed by his feelings for her in Force’s emotional and steamy Cinderella romance.
Finding It. By Cora Carmack. 2013. Morrow, paper, $15 (9780062273284).
Kelsey Summers is having a blast in Europe, annoying her father by mindlessly tossing away his money, but can she handle two Hungarian hunks in a Budapest bar? Acerbically witty and keenly attuned to twentysomethings, Carmack is an NA romance star.
Five Ways to Fall. By K. A. Tucker. 2014. Atria, paper, $15 (9781476740515).
A motorcycle-riding rebel, Reese, at the ripe old age of 21, has already been married and divorced. Could Ben, the sexy new lawyer at the law firm where she works, be what she’s been searching for? Tucker turns in a colorful and humorous love story.
Forgiving Lies. By Molly McAdams. 2013. Morrow, paper, $14.99 (9780062267740).
Beautiful but broken college student Rachel Masters shields her true feelings, but Logan “Kash” Ryan, an undercover cop chasing a serial killer, can see right through her armor in McAdams’ insightful, funny, and suspenseful NA romance.
Lick. By Kylie Scott. 2014. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paper, $14.99 (9781250052360).
In this entry in Scott’s Stage Door series, Evelyn hopes for an exciting time in Las Vegas while celebrating her twenty-first birthday, but she never imagined waking up with a catastrophic hangover, an eye-stabbing diamond ring, and a rock-star-sexy stranger.
My Sweetest Escape. By Chelsea M. Cameron. 2014. HQN, paper, $11.95 (9780373778539).
Jos Archer used to be the girl with straight As, but one traumatic night has forced her to move in with her sister and start fresh at a new university. Can she open herself to new friends and to love? Cameron presents a page-turning, moving love story.
Sweet. By Erin McCarthy. 2014. Berkley, paper, $14 (9780425275511).
Best-selling contemporary romance and YA author McCarthy takes on NA romance in her True Believers series. In this installment, college freshman Jessica Sweet decides not to go home to her judgmental parents over the summer and now wonders if there’s more to Riley Mann than tattoos and cockiness.
Twisted. By K. A. Robinson. 2013. Atria, paper, $15 (9781476752167).
Robinson continues the drama of the heated romance between Drake and Chloe, introduced in Torn (2013), as Chloe’s abusive mother tracks her down just as Drake leaves to go on tour with his band, creating a dark whirlwind of love and loss, grief and happiness.
New Adult General Fiction
Bright Young Things. By Scarlett Thomas. 2013. IPG/Canongate, paper, $13.95 (9780857863805).
English author Thomas’ provocative turn-of-the-twenty-first-century novel explores the fate of six aimless twentysomethings who answer a job advertisement for “Bright Young Things,”
Brooklyn Girls. By Gemma Burgess. 2013. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paper, $14.99 (9781250000859). only to find themselves marooned on an island with no cell-phone reception.
Burgess launches a series, replete with raunchy dialogue, drunken partying, and a mania for fashion, about five twentysomething women sharing a Brooklyn brownstone, focusing here on Pia, a spoiled European expat who buys an old food truck and starts her own business.
Claudia Silver to the Rescue. By Kathy Ebel. 2013. Houghton, $25 (9780547985572).
In Ebel’s crackling debut, all-at-sea college grad Claudia Silver is making one ill-advised decision after another, including having an affair with her best friend’s father, which leads to intriguing side plots, a terrific cast of supporting players, and real emotional heft.
Girls in Trucks. By Katie Crouch. 2008. Back Bay, paper, $13.99 (9780316002127).
Crouch’s funny and wrenching novel follows reluctant southern debutante Sarah Walters as she eagerly leaves home, tries to recover from an abusive relationship, and remains connected to the now scattered, unexpectedly life-saving Camellia Society, her debutante group.
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. By Stephanie Kuehnert. 2008. Pocket/MTV, paper, $13 (9781416562696).
Kuehnert brings tonic energy to this acidly incisive and entertaining tale about the Wisconsin childhood, rapid rise, and painful conflicts of punk rocker Emily Black, who discovers just how difficult it is for women musicians to earn respect and how hard it is to sustain art, friendship, and love.
The Nanny Diaries. By Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. 2002. St. Martin’s, paper, $13.95 (9780312291639).
The fast-paced, amusing, and engaging bedrock NA title introduces a Manhattan nanny whose real name is Nanny, a college student who ends up far more involved with her four-year-old charge, Grayer Addison X, and his wealthy, screwed-up parents than she ever could have imagined.
Office Girl. By Joe Meno. 2012. Akashic, $24.95 (9781617750755); paper, $14.95 (9781617750762).
Meno’s tender, hip, funny, and imaginative portrayal of two Chicago misfits, frustrated art-school dropout Odile and skittish art-school graduate Jack, who works in a neighboring cubicle, dramatizes that anguished and awkward passage between legal age and actual adulthood.
Perfect Reader. By Maggie Pouncey. 2010. Pantheon, $24.95 (9780307378743).
In Pouncey’s smart, sparkling novel, young Flora quits her magazine editor job and returns home when her father, a poet and former college president, dies unexpectedly. Appointed literary executor, she confronts disconcerting truths and discovers the solace of literature.
The Romantics. By Galt Niederhoffer. 2008. Picador, paper, $19 (9780312545994).
Niederhoffer’s involving novel (made into a 2010 movie) portrays Laura and her twentysomething college friends as they reunite for a wedding. The bride is Laura’s best friend, and the groom is the ex-boyfriend she still loves. Risky, drunken adventures ensue, leading to surprising revelations.
The Singles. By Meredith Goldstein. 2012. Plume, paper, $15 (9780452298057).
Popular Boston Globe advice columnist Goldstein considers the plight of the dateless wedding guest in this funny, clever novel about a motley group of college friends, who range from appealingly neurotic to a bit creepy, and experience moments that alternate between charming and cringe-worthy.
Someday, Someday, Maybe. By Lauren Graham. 2013. Ballantine, $26 (9780345532749).
Actor Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood) presents a breezy novel set in 1995 New York City, where twentysomething Franny Banks works as a comedy-club waitress, navigates the frustrating life of a struggling actor, and deals with her roommates, family issues, and the longing for love.
Young Adult for New Adults
Better than Running at Night. By Hilary Frank. Houghton, paper, $15.99 (9780618250738). Gr. 10–up.
With honesty, a wicked wit, and a compulsively readable first-person narrative, this first novel follows college student Ellie Yelinsky through her search for art, love, sex, and meaning.
Fangirl. By Rainbow Rowell. 2013. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99 (9781250030955). Gr. 9–up.
Printz Honor Book author Rowell explores the world of literary fandom—familiar territory for many NAs—in this novel about a young writer’s tumultuous first year of college.
Grave Mercy. By Robin LaFevers. 2012. Houghton, $17.99 (9780547628349). Gr. 9–up.
In the late fifteenth century, 17-year-old Ismae is sent to the high court of Brittany, ostensibly as a cousin (aka mistress) of a Breton noble. In truth, she is a spy. A dark, sophisticated novel, layered with fairy-tale tropes, violent assassinations, subtle seductions, and gentle love.
Midwinterblood. By Marcus Sedgwick. 2013. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781596438002). Gr. 9–up.
Told in seven interlinking episodes, Sedgwick’s sophisticated 2014 Michael L. Printz Award winner begins with an adult journalist who falls in love with a beguiling young woman on a remote island.
A Northern Light. By Jennifer Donnelly. 2003. Harcourt, $17 (9780152167059). Gr. 9–up.
Donnelly’s powerful YA debut, which was named a Printz Honor Book, draws inspiration from Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy in a moving story of a young woman who leaves her family to be a waitress at an upstate New York resort in 1096.
Roomies. By Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. 2013. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316217491). Gr. 9–up.
The premise—e-mails from the Berkeley housing director announcing roommate assignments—is a clever device for this authentic novel that exposes the excitement, uncertainties, and sheer terror high-school graduates experience as they face college.
This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn. By Aidan Chambers. 2006. Abrams/Amulet, $19.95 (9780810970601). Gr. 9–up.
With tenth-century Japanese pillow books as her inspiration, pregnant 19-year-old Cordelia Kenn records the story of her life for her soon-to-arrive daughter. With unsparing candor, she recounts the sexually explicit details of her affair with an older man, as well as a terrifying and violent ordeal she subsequently endures.
The Vincent Boys. By Abbi Glines. 2012. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781442485266). Gr. 9–up.
Initially self-published, this first title in the Vincent Boys series from New York Times best-selling author Glines is a steamy, off-limits romance between a southern teen and her boyfriend’s cousin.
Weetzie Bat. By Francesca Lia Block. 1989. HarperCollins, $12.95 (9780060205348). Gr. 10–up.
One of the most influential books in YA literature history, Block’s magical debut of independent teens making a family of their own choosing is a quintessential new adult novel, as are Weetzie’s many companion titles.
Where She Went. By Gayle Forman. 2011. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525422945). Gr. 10–up.
Compacted into a 24-hour period of seismic emotional shifts, this companion to Forman’s New York Times best-seller, If I Stay (2009), chronicles a single sleepless night as punk-rock star Adam and his former girlfriend Mia, a gifted cellist, roam New York City.
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