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New Adult Readers

As you know from my blog series about New Adult books (What is New Adult?New Adult, Where Does It Go?; Books That May Or May Not Be New Adult), I am interested in what “New Adult” books are. Part of the reason: yes, when I was in high school and college I wanted to read books about people in college so totally get that. But is that true for everyone?

So, quite simple: how old is the readership/prospective readership for New Adult?

I tried to make the question as basic as possible, and set up a quick survey at SurveyMonkey

As I said, basic, asking the ages of those who do and don’t read New Adult.

If you want to add more to your answer, please do so in the comments here!

Edited to add: I’m using the free survey option and it looks like it’s filling up. If you cannot answer there or prefer to answer here, simply: do you read or want to read New Adult? And, what is your age? At the survey I’ve used these age groupings: under 18; 18 to 22; 23 to 29; 30 to 35; and over 36.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. My answer doesn’t quite work with the survey questions, so I’ll give it here.

    I am interested in books. Age of protagonist doesn’t necessarily matter–in fact I quite like several series where the protagonist ages a lot (Miles Vorkosigan and Eugenides, eg) or where the series changes protagonists (EWein’s Aksum series). If a book is well written and especially if it’s in one of the genres I am a fan of, I will want to read it regardless of age. That said, I like the sense of finding out who you are–shaping identity–that’s so much a part of YA. I don’t know yet, because it’s too new, whether that holds true for NA. I get bored with adult midlife crisis novels, but that’s why I tend to stick to genres when I read adult fiction–not necessarily because the range of ages is greater, but because they tend to reflect an experience that’s not just a function of white suburban life.

    So basically, I don’t know if I’m interested in New Adult as a whole. It would depend on the book and whether it, aside from the age of the protagonist, sparks my interest or not.

    And I am 25 (eep, when did that happen?).

  2. Oh, and I put #2 on the survey because it was closest to my actual answer.

  3. I shall be interested in the results. It’s a tricky question because some of the YA I’ve read, like Code Name Verity, could be reclassified as NA, depending on your criteria. Other “NA” I’ve read was published as adult fiction (like The Secret History and The Marriage Plot). I’m reading a recently published NA book now, Something Like Normal. I’ll read a book if it sounds good, regardless of its marketing category or age specifications. I have reviewed mostly YA and adult fiction on my blog but I’m open to NA too.

  4. I did not take the survey because I am with Maureen E, in that I am not necessarily interested in New Adult books so much as I am interested in books, period. I tend to read children’s and ya or adult genre fiction because I find the stories more interesting and the development of identity and self is exciting (midlife crises, secret affairs, the stuff of mainstream adult fiction is boooooring. And often depressing.)

    I’m not sure that there were many books about kids going to college when I was a teenager, not counting the problem novels where the first year of college was a descent in alcoholism, drug use, shady fraternities, and anorexia – all in the same novel. I don’t think I would have been particularly interested in reading those stories specifically versus a general interest in reading any good book.

    I’m 33.