10 New Adult Books to Read this Summer

Adult books for summer

If you are visiting this site, you’re clearly quirky – unconventional, unique, and one of a kind. Which means as the sun takes the stage and we change from our baggy sweatpants to Soffe Shorts, you’d rather be curled up in your favorite beach chair (or in my case, my hammock) getting lost in the fictional imagineering of some bright minded author as opposed to getting drunk off of wine coolers in Punta Cana. It just so happens that the up-and-coming New Adult genre consists of some of my favorite books, which also happen to be light reading for those looking for something less than a Jane Eyre kind of commitment. If you haven’t broached the New Adult barrier yet, here is a list of some of the best to get you started. New Adult fills a hole in the publishing market for an audience of college aged women who were lacking books written for them. Therefore, for those of you who are in need of a new literary indulgence, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite easy-beach reads to get your reading gears a-pumping.

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover

The Slammed series is comprised of three books: Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl. It follows protagonist Layken’s transition in a new town, supporting her mother and younger brother after the death of her father. A budding romance with neighbor Will – with a captivating interest for slam poetry – comes to an abrupt halt when Layken makes a shocking discovery.

Why You’ll Love It:

Slammed is my favorite contemporary romance. I used to hate poetry but after falling in love with Hoover’s depiction of spoken word, I now love nothing more than creating my own poetry. The connection I felt to Colleen Hoover’s characters inspired me to follow my love for language and become and English major. This is sure to be your new summer favorite.

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover:

Alright, so I’m a bit biased. I’m quite a Colleen Hoover fan. But don’t let that take away from my book recommending credibility. Hopeless and its companion, Losing Hope, have heart wrenching twists at every turn. After meeting the enchanting bad boy, Holder, Sky begins to question everything and the secrets he keeps threaten the truth behind Sky’s sheltered life.

Why You’ll Love It:

Hopeless keeps you guessing. You think you know what’s going to happen, but – trust me – you don’t. It combines mystery, suspense, and romance to create a wonderful work of fiction that you will not forget.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire:

The first book in the Maddox Brothers Series introduces you to Abby and Travis – the most dysfunctional and perfect-for-each-other couple you will ever meet. Abby’s good girl attitude clashes with Travis’ one-night-stand reputation in the form of a bet. Regardless of who wins, both parties have no idea that they have met their match.

Why You’ll Love It:

When a Maddox boy falls, he falls hard. The Maddox Brothers are every girls’ fantasy, but McGuire makes you believe you can actually have them. Who needs a vampire or werewolf dream boyfriend when you can have Travis Maddox? (Other books in the Maddox Brothers Series: Beautiful Redemption, Beautiful Oblivion, Beautiful Sacrifice) 

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver:

In a post-apocalyptic world, love – or deliria – is the enemy. The government demands that all citizens be “cured” upon turning eighteen. Lena has always looked forward to the day she will be cured, buying into the mindset that a life without love is safe and painless. But in the months approaching her treatment, Lena’s whole perspective changes when she falls in love.

Why You’ll Love It:

In the midst of the Hunger Games/Divergent post-apocalyptic craze that has overcome the literary and film world lately, Delirium presents something new and unique. It also poses interesting questions about how love shapes our human nature. This book is sure to stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. (Other books in the Delirium Trilogy: Pandemonium, Requiem)

Wait for You by J Lynn:

Avery hopes that traveling thousands of miles away from home for college will help her move on from her troubling past. With the simple goal of making a few friends and returning to sense of normalcy, Avery never expected to fall for a guy that could ruin the life she’s building for herself. Adding suspicious, threatening messages to the mix, Avery questions if her past can really be kept quiet.

Why You’ll Love It:

First and foremost, this book is hilarious. Jennifer Armentrout, writing as J Lynn, will make you laugh until you cry…and she’ll just make you cry. Definitely a fun read!

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Lost and Found by Nicole Williams:

After years of partying, Rowen’s mother agrees to pay for her dream art school if Rowen proves that she can work hard at a family friend’s ranch. But when Jesse walks into Rowen’s life, he threatens to break through her bad-girl barrier and change everything.

Why You’ll Love It:

I felt that I was a part of ranch life in Williams’ book. I wanted to go live with Jesse and his family (not because he’s beautiful or anything *ahem*)! Williams makes you feel committed to her characters. A fun and easy read. (Companion Book: Near and Far)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart:

Every summer, the offspring of the wealthy Sinclair family convene on the family’s private island. The novel centers around these summer reunions, in particular, the one which Candence cannot remember.

Why You’ll Love It:

Oh, the suspense! You will never guess the ending. That’s all I’m going to say. Stay away from spoilers!

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Thoughtless by SC Stevens:

When Kiera and her perfect boyfriend Denny set off to a new city to start their life together, an unforeseen obstacle keeps them apart for long periods at a time. Lonely at times, Kiera turns to her housemate and local rock star Kellan Kyle for companionship but finds so much more.

Why You’ll Love it:

I fell in love with Kiera and — (I’m not going to tell you who!). Thoughtless provokes some interesting questions of morality and fidelity. You can’t help but get wrapped up in the inner workings of Kiera’s mind. (Other books in the Thoughtless Trilogy: Effortless, Reckless)


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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover:

I know, I know, but she writes good books! I can’t help but share them! When Tate meets pilot Miles Archer, they begin a strictly friends-with-benefits situation, with two rules: “Don’t ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.”

Why You’ll Love It:

First of all, it’s becoming a movie! With the beautiful Nick Bateman (look him up)! Ugly Love is hilarious – from the side characters to Tate’s inner monologue. It’s a story of love, loss, and redemption – you’ll love it, I promise.

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher:

Senna wakes up on her thirty third birthday kidnapped – in a house in the middle of the snow, trapped behind an electrical fence. In order to find out why she was taken, she must interpret the clues set forth by a sadistic mastermind and look to her past in order to be free.

Why You’ll Love it:

Mud Vein is so much more than a stereotypical suspense novel. It’s about love, survival, and sanity in a dire situation. What would you do if you were kidnapped and stranded with your ex-boyfriend? You’ll find out.

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