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What Is This New Adult?

A new category of books has emerged from the abundance of Young Adult titles that has many people confused. New Adult is the term applied to books that feature characters who are no longer in high school but are not considered full adults. Generally, these books cover the college years and follow characters in their late-teens and/or early-twenties, ages 18-25.

Parents should be aware that books labeled New Adult may contain more frequent and more explicit sexual material. Additionally, characters often consume alcohol regardless if they are of legal age. There is a general lack of parental involvement as the characters in New Adult have moved away from home or are in process of becoming independent members of society, separate from the family that raised them.

Generally, New Adult books would be appropriate for older high school students – ages 16+ – and college-aged young adults.

If you would like to read more about the New Adult classification, please check out the entry in Wikipedia. Another good article can be found at USA Today.


Title List

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
AdiĆ³s to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer
All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
Altered by Jennifer Rush
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Battle Dress by Amy Efaw
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
The Book of Luke by Jenny O’Connell
The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Catherine by April Lindner
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Easy by Tammara Webber
The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanan

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Hail Caesar by Thu-Huong Ha
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Jellicoe Road by Marlina Marchetta
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The Knife of Never Letting Go/Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Plan B by Jenny O’Connell
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Rich Boys: A Island Summer Novel by Jenny O’Connell

Schooled by Gordon Korman
The Second Base Club by Greg Trine
Shug by Jenny Han
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Slake’s Limbo by Felice Holman
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Tales From Foster High by John Goode
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken by Rosemary Graham
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John
The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Undeclared by Jen Frederick
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Book of Luke


Title: The Book of Luke
Author: Jenny O’Connell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Division/MTV Books
Number of Pages: 304
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 17 yrs./Senior

Language: mild profanity, used sparingly
Sex: Kissing. Allusions to intimate physical contact. No actual descriptions of sex but main character does lose her virginity.
Drug/Alcohol Use: none by main characters, discussions about smoking pot
Violence: none
Social Issues: loss of virginity, teen sex, parental separation, mean girl behaviour
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13

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But I’m Too Busy to Read Everything

Yesterday at the bookstore, my middle school aged daughter chose a book meant to be read by a high school aged person. She’s mature enough to handle the advanced reading level. But she’s not mature enough to handle the advanced sex, language, and social issues that the book might contain. I told her I must preview the book before I’d allow her to read it.

And I wished for a website that would lead me in the right direction. Some place that might offer a parent’s opinion on the age appropriateness of Young Adult titles.

There may be many sites out there that offer such information. This may be yet just one more. In which case, one more opinion can’t hurt, right?

But if not – if there aren’t easily found book review sites like this one – I hope it helps other parents who are too busy to read everything but don’t feel comfortable with letting their child read something without at least an idea of what might be between the front and back covers.

This site is not a review site – my opinion about the quality of the story or writing will not be shared here. Rather, this site attempts to summarize issues of concern for parents and indicate if and how the book in question handles them. Based on my own experience, I offer a suggested age of appropriateness at the end of each entry, however this is my opinion alone and has no support from writers or publishers.

Comments are welcome. Encouraged.

Thanks for dropping by.

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