A common misconception is that all young adult books contain similar content and themes. YA is not a genre; it is a category of books. In reality, YA books exist in a wide variety of genres, similar to books for adults. This section of the CMC Young Adult Books Guide categorizes our recommended books for teens into broad genres—contemporary realism, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, suspense, and nonfiction. We also have subsections that discusses YA graphic novels and manga! Each of these subsections is further divided into popular subgenres or topics. Keep in mind that these are just a few of our recommended titles, meant to help you get started. There are plenty more in our collection at the CMC!
New Adult (NA) is a growing category of fiction that bridges the gap between young adult and adult. Often thought of as "older YA," the protagonists in these stories tend to be in their early 20s. However, this is not always the case since these novels tend to blur the line between YA and adult fiction. For example, a NA book may have a main character who is 18 years old and is also dealing with more mature themes than those found in a YA novel geared toward younger audiences. New adult crosses all genres—everything from romance to fantasy to contemporary—and is aimed at readers 17- to 25-years-old, which makes them perfect for both older high school students and those in college.
Popular NA books are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas; Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston; and Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin.