Random Ramblings: Talking about random thoughts on books, blogging, myself, the world, etc. Anything under the sun~
So this month was supposed to be New Adult month and I was supposed to write a book review for today, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish the book. And I was thinking about how some NA books are really good and some aren’t that great. I personally shy away from NA books normally, but there are some that I try out because others swear they’re really good. There’s maybe less than 10% NA books in my collection of books and I only got them because people said they were good. Some are. Some aren’t.
I think what I dislike about NA is that it’s very heavy and intense. There’s so much drama and sex. And I’m a person who like feeling light and happy and carefree. The heaviness of some NA books just bring me down. And I’m someone who doesn’t like feeling down so much. The book that I was supposed to review today started out with the main character being so out of herself because of losing the love of her life. She was so dysfunctional and suicidal. And this was a highly rated book. That was a big reason why I chose to read it. But about 30% of the beginning was so heavy that I couldn’t bring myself to go on much further. I will try to finish the book though so maybe it will get better, but it’s not something I can read quickly and effortlessly.
Certain issues are also presented in Young Adult books, but I think the difference is that NA is a lot more open about it all. It deals with more serious issues, and is more intense about it. NA books are usually full of broken people, and deals a lot on how they try to find themselves or fix themselves. I guess I kind of get that. I’m at that age, and I also have my own personal struggles. So it’s hard seeing these other characters dealing with so much. And sometimes we just need an escape from so much drama. Sometimes it gets really annoying and horrible when they act so selfishly, but I guess it also presents a good contrast to how much they change. But going through all that is very difficult for me, especially if the book is so serious. Sometimes it’s illogical and badly written too.
I personally feel that it’s very hard to find NA books that I would really love. I think the ones that I tend to like are the ones that insert a lot of humor into the book. A breather is very important in all the intensity. Really good stories and characters are also something I like finding. I like finding people who can still function well enough to do things and make jokes and laugh or whatever despite whatever they go through. I don’t mean to be crass, but we all deal with things. I don’t think it gives us a reason to be horrible people. I like finding those that can be both fun yet heart-breaking. It’s funny how I like emotional roller coaster rides, yet I’m badly afraid of the real thing. But I think it is important to be able to show ups and downs in a story.
Overall, I’m not really generalizing that all NA books are horrible and should be avoided. I think that there are just certain aspects about it that makes it disagreeable sometimes. I’ve found myself to both love and hate books in this category, and it’s usually a hit and miss for me. Most NA books are in the contemporary romance genre, which is a genre I love, so I like taking my chances sometimes and trying them out. But I think I would stick to the ones that look light (i.e. Two Roads by L.M. Augustine and Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista) instead of the dramatic ones. But then again there was Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, which was very intense, yet was a really great read. All in all, I think it comes down to the writing. Like all other books designed for different age groups, not all books would agree with a person. It’s all still a matter of personal taste.
That’s all for me for now. I’d love to know what others think about this too.