Shy, but spunky wallflower meets hot, broody guy. Sparks fly, complications arise, but true love triumphs in the end. This could take place in any high school, college, or corporate setting. And love is love at any age, right?
So, why is there such a flap over bookstore placement of Young Adult vs. New Adult titles? It all comes down to sex, of course. The older the protagonists the more sexually explicit the books has always been the rule of thumb. But, is that still true? Was the New Adult category created so that everyone involved was of legal age but still playing varsity, emotionally speaking? Or is there more to this in-between genre that makes it deserving of its own place on store shelves?
I get not putting sexually explicit material next to middle grade or picture book offerings. But what’s so hard about sliding over a couple of bookcases and hanging a sign saying “New Adult”? If the problem is that you don’t want kids exposed to inappropriate content, then clear labeling is a tried and true way of dealing with the issue. Clearly this is a category that is extremely popular for both older teens and adults but one that is having a hard time finding its way into the hands of print consumers because of what seems to me like simple orneriness on the part of booksellers.
Am I missing something here? What do you all think?