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What Is This “New Adult” Genre and What Geeky Books Belong to It?

Perhaps your local bookstore has added a new shelf label or your favorite author has announced a new series under this mysterious category. In any case, you’ve found yourself wondering, what exactly does “new adult” mean, especially in terms of literature? New Adult is the next step up for those of us who love YA but have graduated into the next stage of our lives and want something that hits a little closer to home. Usually featuring protagonists aged 18–30, New Adult fiction engages with themes such as sexuality, developing independence, change, and embarking on a career. While Young Adult works are often set in high schools, New Adult is usually set in college or the early years beyond schooling. Continue reading What Is This “New Adult” Genre and What Geeky Books Belong to It?

Carry On : A Simon Snow Success

imageRainbow Rowell, famous for her realistic YA fiction, has blurred genre lines again, and the result is spectacular. With Landline, Rowell’s first novel for “grown ups,” realistic was merged with sci-fi. In Carry On, readers get straight up fantasy, but in a new, refreshing light.

Carry On is the story of Simon Snow, the Chosen One, who is prophesied to save magic. The Insidious Humdrum has been terrorizing the magical community for years, creating pockets of space where magic cannot exist. It is Simon’s eighth year at Watford School of Magicks, he is on the outs with his girlfriend, the Mage thinks he should leave, and his rival and roommate didn’t even bother to show up. Simon starts the year at a complete loss. Mysteries slowly arise that Simon needs to solve, but he needs the help of the one person he hates. The story is told not only through Simon’s eyes, but also through the eyes of his best friend, Penny, his girlfriend, Agatha, his mentor, the Mage, and even his arch nemesis, Baz.

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Ten Books You Should Read That Will Change Your Life

All book lovers know the feeling of finishing a book that you know made an incredible impact on you. You close the book and sit in silence for a few minutes as you think about what you just read. Not everything we loved reading impacts us in such a profound manner, but everyone can identify at least a few books as the source of a life changing experience. Here are a few books that changed my perspective, inspired me, or gave me all of the feels…

1. Every Day by David Levithan

David Levithan’s thought-provoking novel about a teenager named A who wakes up in a different body every day of their life will cause you to rethink your life and speculate what it would be like if you were in A’s situation. It gives a perspective that is unlike that in any other book. This is my favorite book. I recommend it for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong.

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Eleanor and Park: A Long Overdue Review

imageRainbow Rowell tells the story of two teenagers in the 1980’s. Park is your typical nerd who fits in just enough not to get picked on, and Eleanor is the new girl in school. She’s tall and big boned, has Merida hair, and dresses strangely. When the two first meet, sparks fly, but not in a good way. Park, for no apparent reason, hates Eleanor. Over time, their relationship develops into friendship and then into romance. Eleanor and Park is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, and I have no clue why I waited so long to read it.

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Some of These Books Are Not Like the Others

If you read any supernatural YA at all, chances are your protagonist is a brunette with brown eyes, of average build. Probably pale, as she likes to spend her time hiding from the rest of society because she doesn’t fit in. Actually, let’s make that all YA and not just the supernatural books.

Recently, Rainbow Rowell, author of two best selling young adult novels, responded to comments on Twitter regarding her YA novel Eleanor and Park:
“Sometimes people thank me for not having Eleanor lose weight in E&P; the thought NEVER occurred to me. Like, I can’t even imagine how that would have fit into the book. Would she have gone on a diet? (There is no food in her house.) Would she have started doing Pilates in the room she shares with her four siblings? Being fat is so far from her No. 1 problem. I wouldn’t even call it a problem. (Though she would definitely.) I guess what I’m saying is: I think as readers, when we meet a fat protagonist, we expect weight loss to be part of their journey… That is not a journey I am interested in chronicling. As fat people — or even as less than thin people — we’re conditioned to think that our happy ending can only come after our ‘after.'”