The College Student works at my day job part time -- she sits in my office when she's there. *evil grin* So, naturally I've pinned her down to talk about books. Because that's what I do. To everyone.
The last two books she has read were:
James Patterson's MIRACLE ON THE 17th GREEN
"Travis McKinley is an ordinary man living an ordinary life - he has a job that he despises, a marriage that has lost its passion, children from whom he feels disconnected, and at age fifty, a sense that he has accomplished nothing of consequence with his life. But on Christmas Day, he goes out to play a round of golf, and for the first time, he finds himself in the "zone." "
Nicholas Sparks's THE LAST SONG
"Seventeen year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father… until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts… and heal them."
And according to The College Student, it's really hard to find books she wants to read. Not because there's nothing out there, but because she doesn't know where to go look.
This is where I realized how much a New Adult section could influence younger readers like her who don't see themselves as teenagers anymore. Until that time comes though, I promised to bring her a healthy dose of YA books with older protagonists.
What do you all think of this? How do you feel about a New Adult taking hold of the industry? I know there isn't much market for it right now, but in my opinion it could be the next Big Thing.