I get asked quite a bit to recommend an adult book for those who mainly read YA. I understand the reluctance one may feel about venturing into adult fiction territory when it's mainly YA that fills their shelves. When you're so used to the easy, quick-pace that is constant in a lot of YA books, it can be difficult to switch gears and start reading something of the adult variety. I've found in my reading tastes that basically anything in contemporary romance is what I am a fan of. It's no longer just YA. I am ever so thankful for friends who know my tastes and guided me down the path of adult contemporary fiction. So I'm here to list a few of my favorites I've read (and plan to read soon), that I feel are worth giving a shot - especially for reluctant readers who tend to just stick with YA.
Now keep in mind, these are adult titles, with adult content. I would not recommend some of these to teen readers. Though the themes are something most can relate to, I still understand the tone and subject matter may be too mature for some.
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey | add to goodreads
In the mood for something fun-loving, comical, sweet and un-put-downable? These three authors are my go-to when I am wanting an adult contemporary that delivers in the romance, but also tells a story about friendship and family. For YA readers who are reluctant to pick up an adult contemporary, these books are a perfect place to dip your feet in and get a little wet. I guarantee you'll be coming back for more!
Stay by Allie Larkin | add to goodreads
These three novels pack a bit of a more dramatic punch, but still deliver the fun-loving laughable characters I love so much in the contemporaries I read. I definitely recommend these books to YA readers who want to dive a little deeper than just skimming the surface for something light and airy.
I highly recommend these three books for fans of intense romance in the books they read. Each story creates characters that are smoldering on the pages! If you're a bit shy when it comes to romance, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. These novels will satisfy your craving for a romance that takes center stage, surrounded by a story that can back it up.
Are you a reader of both young adult and adult fiction? Are there books you think would be a great starting point for reluctant readers who want to make the leap? Please share in the comments!