I am an avid reader. While I’m not quite at the number of books I was this time last summer, I am still well over 30. Why that number is so ridiculously high is because I still can’t seem to shake one of my major guilty pleasures: young adult literature. I may be 20, but I can’t help but love all the cheesy high school romance novels that flood my bookshelves. They don’t take long to read, and they are surely entertaining. Then again, this love may extend more simply because I cannot find any books geared toward my level.
When you go to a bookstore, there is either the young adult section or simply the fiction section. So where do awkward ‘young adult/adult’ hybrids like my 20 year old self find their literature? I have spent hours in the fiction department, but it is difficult to find books that are geared toward college students/fresh out of college adults. While some books I can read regardless of the age of the protagonist, it often can be hard to relate if the age difference is significantly different.
I recently finished ‘Girls In White Dresses‘ by Jennifer Close, which was an attempt at a happy medium between early 20s and adulthood. Nonetheless, it still didn’t satisfy me. The book itself was written as short vignettes about characters close to one another. The story centered around a group of college friends who were experiencing life after graduation.
Personally I found it difficult to follow the numerous names that the author threw out. Each chapter, aside from a few that followed one character Isabella, seemed to introduce another person, forgetting many of the previous ones. The description on the back of the book lists three women as the stories protagonists, yet one of them is barely mentioned through at least two thirds of the book.
Plus, the book progressed quickly from year to year, making it hard to follow the trajectory of each character since they were mentioned so infrequently.
What I’m getting at is that this book was not what I hoped it would be: the perfect transition novel. It’s back to the drawing board… in this case, the fiction section of Barnes & Noble.
Lovelies, how do you find books geared toward your age group? Do you feel like it’s harder to find books for young adults (early 20s)?