Like a lot of readers, I got sucked into the New Adult craze back in…2013-2014? I loved the new-ness of it and the edgyness but looking back on the NA books I’ve read, it sucks to admit that a lot of them are not as good as I thought they were back then. I feel like it’s so hard to find a good new adult book nowadays. Authors I used to love seem to have taken up residence in dramaville/clicheville and just plain bad *cough* Colleen Hoover *cough*
Nowadays, I have such a low tolerance for NA books and hate anything that is too dramatic, too cliché, too much sex or just too fucking tragic. Unfortunately, other than a few rare gems, I haven’t found many really good NA books lately. Here are some of my favorite NA books that you may not know about that are absolutely worth the read! (I hope). Covers linked to Goodreads.
NA Books (You May Not Know About) That Are Worth The Read:
This series kind of inspired this post. I reread book one this past month and I loved it so much the second time around. The original covers for this series were…pretty awful, unfortunately, which is probably why a lot of people didn’t pay attention to this series which is a shame. I love hate-to-love books and revenge stories and this one is pretty unique. Adam knows Alexis from his past (she didn’t know him) and he HATES her. He sets out to get some revenge on Alexis, his plan is to get her to fall for him then dump her while ruining her life along the way. Things like sabotaging her career. What he didn’t plan on was falling for Alexis, which will make things tricky if he plans on having a shot at any kind of real relationship.
Sorry but I hate this cover. The original one wasn’t the best cover either but it was so much better than this clichéd sexed up version of this cover. It’s a good thing this book is damn fucking good because I just pretend that I can’t see this cover. Seriously though, all cover comments aside, if you haven’t read this book yet WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? This felt like one of the good ol’ NA books that I loved so much and it made me miss the genre. Low on dram, clichés and cheesy sex and it has such a great slow burn, friendship and romance.
Ah this book, I feel like I didn’t hear much about this series when it first came out. I only read books 1-3 and although I liked them all, I loved this one so much. I loved Dylan and Silas and their characters, separate and together as a couple. Dylan was passionate about environmental issues, civil right, politics, etc. which is what lands her in the same jail cell as Silas (she gets arrested at a protest). They start off with a great friendship and develop a slow building romance which was great to watch unfold. I read this book before any of the others in the series so you do not need to read them in order.
Another rare gem in NA, I read this years ago and I also read this series out-of-order (this is book 2) and fell in love with this book and these characters. I felt terrible for Mary who was made into a social pariah for simply turning down sleeping with some douche who then decides to spread rumors about her which take a life of their own. I loved how strong Mary was emotionally even though all the rumors really got to her and I loved that Bo didn’t care about the rumors and had her back, always. I made it to book 4 in this series but this one was my favorite.
This one is such a powerful series! It focuses on revenge porn which is something really awful that is all too common. When Caroline’s ex-boyfriend uploads their sex pictures, it destroys her image, her reputation and her life. Starting a new relationship is the last thing Caroline needs right now, especially with a guy like Wes. But despite their best efforts, a complicated and slow friendship grows between them. With everything else going on in their lives, a romance may not be the easiest thing, but it will definitely be worth the fight.
Although this has a trope that isn’t my favorite (previous romance between the MC and a brother, who is now dead), I loved this book. It felt like one of the old school original NA books that were low on the drama and high on the angst and chemistry.
Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite NA romances that are not as well known? Let me know in the comments!
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