Hi, my name is Jenny, and I’m addicted to New Adult.
We don’t talk all that much about NA here at TGNA. We’re mostly YA writers, with a dash of MG. But I’ve never made any secret of my love of romance. I love romances of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. I like my books with a healthy dose of angst and fuzzy feelings and kissing. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy books that are romance-free. I do. Sometimes. I just prefer swoons. I don’t even need a happy ending! Those are nice, but there are some romances that are just doomed from the beginning. I like those, too.
Back to New Adult.
From the first one I picked up (Easy by Tammara Webber, if you must know), I’ve been hooked. Totally hooked. I’m not very good at balancing my reading, so I have to admit that my YA to-read-list has been growing ever higher while I’ve devoured NA after NA. Things have started to even out lately.
Anyway, it’s to the point that when I shop on my nook, the first thing that comes up under “Recommended for You” is New Adult, followed by YA Paranormal, followed by “Angsty Teen Romances”. (Okay yes, I AM PREDICTABLE). And a few weeks ago, I was browsing, and I noticed one with a goooorgeous cover called I WANT IT THAT WAY (Yes. The song should be stuck in your head now. #sorrynotsorry). And then I noticed it was written by Ann Aguirre, who’s the author of a really kick-ass YA dystopian series. So at this point, I was ALL IN.
And I read it in a day. And then I bought the sequel, AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME, and read that in a day.
And then I saw there’s going to be A THIRD ONE. ALSO NAMED AFTER A BACKSTREET BOYS SONG. THAT COMES OUT IN LIKE TEN DAYS: THE SHAPE OF MY HEART.
So I know this is supposed to be a review. But…I’m not sure I can review them. By now, we all know romance novels work. We know the story. We know what to expect. That’s honestly what I kind of love about stories like this. Because we know what to expect, it’s the little choices the author makes–the voice, the pacing, the strength of the author’s writing, the chemistry between these characters–that can make or break a book.
In this case?
ANN AGUIRRE FREAKING ROCKED IT. Her characters are real, flawed people. They have issues and goals and dreams and they have SUCH AMAZING CHEMISTRY. My heart ached for them, you guys. They’re probably the best NA I’ve read so far. And I’ve read A LOT of it over the last year.
I wish I had more to say other than I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. And I’m impatiently awaiting Book #3!