Top Ten Favorite New Adult Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are asked to list ten favorite authors in any genre. My first thought was contemporary, but the list was too hard to narrow down so I decided to tackle one of my recent favorite sub-genres: New Adult.

New Adult books are sometimes called Mature YA and feature older teens, generally college age or just graduating high school. This category is gaining momentum and has been especially successful for self-published authors. Publishers are taking notice and have been snapping up some of these titles.

Penguin and Berkley teamed up to acquire self-pubbed Tammara Webber’s NA title Easy, Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books picked up Colleen Hoover’s Slammed and Point of Retreat, as well as Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster series, and Entangled Publishing is even starting their own New Adult line. It’s an exciting time for New Adult!

These are some of the authors whose New Adult books I’ve enjoyed:

Slammed by Colleen Hoover book cover1. Colleen Hoover – Books: Slammed and Point of Retreat. (Review) The characters in this series are forced to take on adult responsibility at a young age. The “slammed” in the title could refer to the challenges put on the characters lives as well as their interest in poetry slams. This series has romance, emotional intensity, and great characters, and I like that it incorporates poetry.

2. Jennifer Echols – Books: Love Story (Review) in particular features a college age protagonist, but I’d also say that Such a Rush, Going Too Far, and Forget You are on the mature side and a good choice for NA fans. Echols has become one of my auto-buy authors this year. Love Story by Jennifer Echols book cover

3. Gayle Forman – Books: If I Stay and especially, Where She Went. (Review) Where She Went is a gut-wrenching, emotional read about Mia and Adam’s reconnection. Forman’s books always make me cry, and her newest book Just One Day also sounds lovely. (Not sure if it is New Adult though)

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller book cover4. Trish Doller – Book: Something Like Normal. (Review) This book features a 19-year-old male protagonist who returns home from Afghanistan and finds that he’s not the same person he was when he left.

5. Jessica Park – Book: Flat-Out Love. (Review) One of my first New Adult (and self-pubbed) reads and a trendsetter in the genre. Great characters, witty dialogue, quirky, fun, and touching.

6. Sarah Dessen – Book: Along for the Ride. (Review) This book takes place post-high school in the summer and deals with family issues, workplace issues, and getting ready for college. There may be more NA friendly titles from Dessen, but this one stood out to me.

7. Cath Crowley – Book: Graffiti Moon. (Review) A post-high school /graduation night coming of age. This book is a coming of age that incorporates the arts and takes place over 24 hours.Easy by Tammara Webber book cover

And, I can’t wait to read these highly regarded New Adult books from these authors:

8. Tammara Webber – Book: Easy

Hushed by Kellley York book cover9. Jamie McGuire – Book: Beautiful Disaster

10. Kelley York – Book: Hushed

Additional reads to consider: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves , Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens, Crash by Nicole Williams, Losing It by Cora Carmack (Just bought this one on Amy @ bookgoonie’s recommendation), Taking Chances by Molly McAdams, A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger, Zero by Tom Leveen, and The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.

What do you think of the idea of New Adult? I’m interested to know your book recommendations in this category.


39 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite New Adult Authors

  1. When it comes to YA if this can even be called that then this is the way I prefer it. Things like the Hunger Games is good but many of the YA reads I’ve tried have just disappointed me so these work for that added maturity that I find lacking in some YA

  2. I LOVED Easy! Also Beautiful Disaster. I need to read the others on your list!

    1. Lucy says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! They are both high up on my TBR 🙂

  3. emziixgx says:

    Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster’s is really good, I was addicted to it!

  4. There’s lots of books on your list that I never realized her New Adult until now! So, I’ve read more NA than I thought. 😉 I just read Easy last week and OMG so good!

    1. Lucy says:

      Looking forward to your review of Easy, Lori!

  5. I’m intrigued! Must try out these! (Love ALL of Sarah Dessen’s books, and loved Gayle Foreman’s.) Thanks for sharing!

  6. bookgoonie says:

    As a mom, I think it is great to have a distinction between HS & college age. Though YA can get quite mature, it at least gives you a heads up that the characters may be embarking into unsupervised, mature areas of their lives.

    I loved Echols books & I have Easy in my sights. I’m adding the rest to my GR’s radar.

    1. Lucy says:

      Agreed, Amy. The NA distinction works for parents and also for readers that prefer a more mature YA book.
      Thanks for your NA recs! I’ll be reading Losing It very soon.

  7. tinalinatime says:

    That’s interesting, I am usually not a huge fan of NA and I have never considered Sarah Dessen to fall into this category, but you have a point. 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      I haven’t read all of Dessen’s work and I’m wondering how many do actually fit the NA category.

  8. bookgoonie says:

    Thanks for the link love.

  9. asgwilli says:

    Yay! I did a NA list too! And I can’t tell you enough how I loved Easy and Beautiful Disaster. My list is very similar to yours.. some are on the TBR pile too!
    Here’s my TTT

    1. Lucy says:

      Your NA list is awesome! I added several titles to my GR. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Liesel Hill says:

    Ooh great list! Love the New Adult genre! 😀 My TTTs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Tuesday! 😀

  11. I’m happy to see a NA list. I love some of these, and can’t wait to read others!

    Check out my Top Ten Favorite YA Contemporary Authors HERE!

    Also, I have a FANTASTIC giveaway of a SIGNED copy Lauren Oliver’s new book, THE SPINDLERS, going on HERE!

  12. Candice says:

    I’ll be honest I haven’t bought into the New Adult trend yet, but all the books I’ve read that have been in this category I’ve really loved. I like that they’re a little edgier without losing the things that make YA great. I also feel like they deal with adult issues without being stereotypical – like chick lit or romance novels. I’ll totally have to look into some of these that I haven’t read!

    1. Lucy says:

      Edgier is a good description for NA, and I’m curious to see how this category evolves. Thanks for sharing your insight, Candice!

  13. Kelsey says:

    Easy by Tammara Webber was amazing! You have so many awesome looking authors and books too, I can’t wait to read the series by Gayle Forman!

  14. I’ve never read any new adult novels, but I think I’d probably like the genre. It might solve some of the issues that I have in YA lit. I keep seeing Slammed around, I’ll have to check it out (and I’m on hold for Beautiful Disaster).

  15. BermudaOnion says:

    I didn’t realize there’s a whole new genre out there. I need to try a New Adult book!

  16. I love Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen; I also love This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever by her.
    Here’s my TTT:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    1. Lucy says:

      I’m really interested in reading This Lullaby, especially since it has a music theme. And The Truth About Forever also looks great. Thanks for the recs!

  17. I really do love NA books, they’re definitely some of my faves. Besides ones you’ve already mentioned I would recommend The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, Come See About Me by C.K. Kelly Martin, Life on the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux, and Diana Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl series.

    1. Lucy says:

      You’re a prolific reader of NA, so I know you know your stuff! Off to add these to GR now 🙂 Thanks Ashley!

  18. I have not read anything by Sarah Dessen and plan to soon. Something Like Normal was incredibly by Trish Doller, I read that over the summer. Amazing. I’m currently reading If I Stay… so wonderfully written and heartbreaking! I hadn’t realized there was a “New Adult” Genre. Oh, and I’ve also heard great things about Jennifer Echols.

    1. Lucy says:

      I highly recommend Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols to start with- one of my recent faves! Glad you enjoyed Something Like Normal and If I Stay. I bet you’re eager to read Where She Went next 🙂

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I really liked Something Like Normal and would definitely like to read something like it again! It is nice to see books addressing (naming, even) the 18-22 year old crowd… I certainly wish these were around when I was in late high school and early college, just so I had some protagonists to relate to who were dealing with the sames issues I was!

    1. Lucy says:

      Agreed- I think addressing the college age group definitely fills a void for readers. And yes, I would have liked to see NA come along a little earlier too!

  20. I love that there is a New Adult category of books! I LOVE Flat Out Love!! It was an amazing book and I think the author is really nice/awesome!

  21. vmcarswell says:

    I also enjoyed Where She went more than If I Stay. Jennifer Echols is definitely one that I have to read since I heard her books are amazing and since we have similar tastes I am sure I will enjoy it. I am glad you reminded me about Hushed because I forgot about it!

  22. Tammy Sparks says:

    I’ve been seeing so many book tagged as “New Adult” and I’m glad that category has been added to publishing. Your choices all look good, and I will check some of them out!

  23. This is a new genre I’ve definitely seen emerging and something I’m intruiged by. I’ve only heard of Easy and I read Beautiful Disaster and di not really enjoy that book.

    Great list!

  24. Oh i love this list!
    So many great authors.
    I still haven’t read Beautiful Disaster or Slammed but both are on my TBR pile 🙂
    Great Picks and Thanks for stopping by!



  25. Dixie says:

    i have to agree that I love anything that Jennifer Echols writes. also, i really need to get over my snobbery about self-published works, those NA books look really good and if you say they are, they must be. 🙂

  26. Quinn says:

    I really need to read some New Adult books. The only one I’ve read, Love Story by Jennifer Echols, I really disliked. But that wasn’t because it was a New Adult book. I have Easy on my kindle, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. And I definitely want to read Beautiful Disaster.

    Great list! Now I have somewhere to start 🙂

  27. KateB says:

    Easy is one of those books I’ve seen around but don’t know much about.I think I’ll go read it no – or at least put it on my to-read list. Thanks

  28. fishgirl182 says:

    i have heard of new adult but actually haven’t read many books in this category. i do have love story at home though so there is that. i’ll have to check some of these out. thanks for the recs, lucy!

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