Thursday, August 29, 2013

College Road Trip

Thursday, August 29, 2013
My mind has been set on college for the past few months, not just in the real world, but also in the book world. It all started with this September 10th release that I cannot wait to get my hands on:

Fangirl

Fangirl by the amazing Rainbow Rowell is about Cath and her twin sister heading off to college. Cath is, as the title suggests, a fangirl, but while she's going through all of this transition, she's struggling with leaving those days behind. (At least based on the Goodreads summary. Is it September 10th yet?)

Because I'm so, so, SO excited for Fangirl, I started to look for other books set in college (or just before) and found oodles! Oodles, I tell you! (Well, maybe not that many. But more than I expected!)

RoomiesThe Ivy (The Ivy, #1)Bass Ackwards and Belly Up (Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, #1)Thousand WordsParallelForever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood, #4)Naomi and Ely's No Kiss ListSophomore SwitchAnatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy, #1)

This is really, really exciting. I've been looking for good YAs set in college for years. When I was in middle school, I read books about high school, and it definitely prepared me in some aspects. Shouldn't there be realistic college novels for the same reason?

Of course, not everyone goes to college, but heck of a lot of teens do. And I'd really can't wait to read these stories.

Quick question, though: These books, despite having protagonists who fall in the 18-26 age range, tend to be categorized as YA and not New Adult. Is it because they're at the younger end of 18? What exactly does a book have to be to fall into the NA category? 

Whether they're old YA or young NA, though, I'll definitely be picking up some of these books in the upcoming months.

Update 8/29 11:21 am: Author Jody Casella (Thin Space, Simon and Schuster) recommended Gayle Forman's Just One Day on Twitter, which I've heard is fantastic!
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)

She also has a question, one which I don't have the answer to, but I hope you do: 
What are some of your favorite books set in college?

13 comments:

  1. It looks like a great list! I'm also quite excited for Fangirl, and I hope it would show up in the Philippines.

    And from the list, the one that's most interesting to me in Parallel. It sounds nice.

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    1. I've read reviews of Parallel that make it sound amazing!

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  2. I so love road trip books. And I love books set in college (not necessarily those bad boy/good girl NAs but setting-wise). Fangirl was AWESOME and I definitely need to read it again!

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    1. You're so lucky to have read it already!

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  3. FANGIRL, I NEED FANGIRL NOW!I think fangirl is on every bloggers TBR list in all honesty and everyone i counting down until the 10th of September. Can't wait for the book already. I think my favourite book right now set in college is probably just one day. Hope your excited about college! Good luck! :)

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    1. I really need to read Just One Day!

      Thank you! :)

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  4. We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han partially takes place in college. Plus read Just One Day! It's a great read <333333

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    1. Oh I'll check that one out! I need to make a Book Likes shelf for these! :)

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  5. I'm excited about Fangirl too and I do love books set in college. I absolutely loved college, it was such a fun time. As far as the YA versus NA, I have no idea. It seems like the NA books I've read have explicit sex scenes, but I'm not sure about some of the books you have listed since I haven't read them. I always wonder about the YA category versus adult or NA. For example, The Host by Stephenie Meyer was considered her first "Adult" novel, but I didn't see any difference between that book and many other books that are categorized as YA. Who knows? Maybe just marketing by the publisher? I'll have to check out some of those books you found. Thanks! ~Pam

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    1. That's what I was thinking, but from what people are saying NA doesn't equal more sex? It's a confusing category. Yeah, I definitely don't think of The Host as Adult. It's a complicated system! haha

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