Google+ Reading Teen: 'New Adult' What is it? Guest Post by Lauren Hammond

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'New Adult' What is it? Guest Post by Lauren Hammond

The ‘New Adult’ Category of Books
by Lauren Hammond

I’d like to thank Reading Teen for having me on the blog today! I’m so excited that I get to talk about the ‘New Adult’ category of books.

Personally, I love this category and I think it allows for edgier material. I think it allows the writer to be able to push a little more boundaries. Me, personally, when writing, I love to push the envelope.

I do think there is only so much you can get away with in YA. (There are still YA books that push the envelope.) But I like to take it up an extra notch and push it further—which is why I write a lot of New Adult books.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love writing YA.

But I think there is room for me to write both, lol. Sometimes, and I know this sounds strange, but there are moments where I hear a character’s voice in my head and I know whether the book is going
to be YA or New Adult.

Generally, New Adult characters are a bit older. Late teens. Early twenties. There are different experiences and thoughts that accompany the age progression. A fifteen year old wouldn’t necessarily think the same things a twenty three year old would. Which is why New Adult to me, is a great genre. The writer has a chance to explore some of those more mature thoughts and experiences.

This was so much fun!

Thanks for having me on the blog again.

Sometimes love...can drive you crazy.

Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.

Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her
abusive and alcoholic father.

Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have
a bright future ahead of him.

Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.

And they had a plan.

They were going to run away.

Be together forever.

And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up
in The Oakhill Institution for the insane.

Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...

She wants out.

And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting
together the pieces of her memory that are missing.

And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...

That one true love never dies.

Amazon ebook
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Released: May 8th
Series: Asylum, book #1


Shoving my feet off the side of the bed, new surroundings burn my eyes. Tan plaster walls
instead of thick white padded ones. One oblong barred window. Two dressers. Two closets. Two

They've moved me to a different room.

A gentle squeaking noise bounces off the walls and my eyes avert to my right. Oh crap. They put
me in a room with a nut job.

They say I'm a nut job.

But not like this.

Not even close.

She rocks back and forth on her cot, knees to her chest, twisting a piece of her wiry, red hair
between her fingertips. Her freckled arms are trembling. She sings with vibrato.

I am slowly going crazy. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.


Crazy going slowly am I. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.


I think about screaming again. I think about plugging my ears. Somebody turn her off.

She lifts her head slowly, a maddening look in her big, brown eyes, an eerie smile crawling
across her pale, freckled lips. “Shh,” she whispers. “They're coming for us.”

“Who's they?”

She shakes her head and lets out a cackle laced with the deepest kind of crazy. I think they put

her in here with me purposely. They're trying to break me. They think if they put me around truly
insane people that I'll accept my place here.

Well...They are wrong.

Lauren Hammond


It all began with a dinosaur, a T-Rex to be exact. He was the main character in my very first short story. Me and T, well, we went places. He is the reason I won my first essay contest at age ten. And he is probably one of the number one reasons, I pursued a career in writing.

Throughout highschool, I was what you would call a rebel. Someone who had convinced herself that she had life figured out at age sixteen. Still, writing was my only safe-haven during that time. I wrote notebooks full of poetry, even writing fellow classmates papers for them.

Unbeknowest to me, creative writing, seemed to be my one, true calling, my passion in life.

At age twenty, I began writing my first novel. After that, everything seemed to fall into place. I won Best Poets and Poems of 2007, and The Editor's Choice award for my poem, Summer

Also, during that time I wrote or co-wrote fifteen different screenplays, some which earned me finalist spot in various screenplay competitions.

In 2010, I've come full force, with my novel Love Sucks, that was released by Punkin House Press, in August of 2010. On top of Love Sucks, I have six novels that are slated to be released through the next five years. Also, doing some various marketing work for authors and publishers.

I pride myself in telling fellow writers to always follow their dreams. Who knows where I would be if I would have given up.


  1. INSANITY sounds awesome. Great excerpt.

  2. Thanks for this post! I was wondering what the definition was for New Adult. I just recently discovered some great New Adult books. I even decided to do a spin off blog for adult book reviews because of it! Clean Adult Fiction

  3. Personally I am very excited for NA to hit, and hopefully hit big! I think this category of books is brilliant. : )

  4. New Adult! Thank you! I have been trying to remember this genre since another author first quoted it to me and I couldn't. I think it's a great genre and that a lot of us YA bloggers will start reviewing it. I know I will. I've been looking for something to bridge the gap between YA and Adult. I've been calling it one foot in each.

    And yes Insanity does look like a great series.


  5. It's nice to know that finally New Adult is getting some love. I remember when I was 20 I wished that someone over at Point Horror would start publishing more sophisticated versions of the YA horror I was so in love with reading when I was younger. Great post!


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