While I don't consider myself an old adult, I'm definitely not a new one (mind you, I'll always be young at heart!). With that being said, I'm not one to shy away from a good New Adult book. This somewhat new segment of fiction has sprung up to define that age category of characters who are in their late teens or early twenties. That time in life after high school (I promise you, life isn't all downhill after graduation). When love is more than crushes and stolen kisses and protagonists are dealing with bigger issues than the need to break free of family and childhood rules.
ABC News has likened New Adult to Smut Fiction but there is definitely more to this new genre than just a bridge between Young Adult and Erotic Fiction.
Two authors who have provided succinct commentary on this new genre are Ellen Hopkins and Abbi Glines. You can find an interview with both authors on the subject here at the Sony Reader Store Blog.
But if you think this is a new fad, think again. The term was first used by St. Martin's Press in 2009. This recent Modern Manuscript post provides a brief history on the beginnings of this new term and it's rise in popularity with the help of popular blogs such as NA Alley and authors Colleen Hoover (Slammed) and Cora Carmack (Losing It).
If you're interested in reading New Adult novels, check out Goodreads' New Adult Book Club. It boasts 1749 members....and counting.