New Adult Fiction

I just finished a new adult book called Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine.  What is new adult you ask?  The somewhat controversial “new adult” genre has been around for over five years now, but if this is news to you, check out this Wikipedia entry, which describes it as “focus[ing] heavily on life after an individual has become of legal age, and how one deals with the new beginnings of adulthood.”  Goodreads defines it as “[bridging] the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres” and that “[it] typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 26.”

When I’m in the mood for angsty romance, new adult books are usually what wind up being the right fit, and Best Kind of Broken was no exception.  Written in alternating point-of-view, it tells the story of Pixie and Levi, two people who have been close friends their entire lives until a tragedy drives a wedge between them.  Coming up on the one year anniversary of the tragedy, which isn’t fully revealed until nearly halfway through the book, both Pixie and Levi wind up working for the summer at an inn owned by Pixie’s aunt. 

As shared living quarters forces them to interact with each other and close friends push them to face the limbo in which they’ve been living, slowly Pixie and Levi start to realize it’s OK to enjoy life and that being there for each other again makes that life better.  While not as dark as it could be, this book is not a light read, but it’s definitely a fast read, so if you’re in a book slump I recommend taking a chance on Best Kind of Broken.  I’ll be moving on to the next book in the series and hoping that it holds up to first one.

Interested in trying out a different author?  Here are some other new adult options:


How do you feel about angsty romance?  Have you been reading new adult books without even being aware they were in a category of their own?  Do you think it’s a legitimate genre all on its own, or just a marketing gimmick?