Monday, April 3, 2017

New Adult Annotation

It Ends with Us
by Colleen Hoover

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (August 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476753180
ISBN-13: 978-1476753188

Lily Bloom is a transplant to Boston on her search for the perfect rooftop for reflection when she meets Ryle Kincaid. Where will their intense mutual attraction lead? Will Lily’s painful past infiltrate her future?

Characteristics consistent with the New Adult genre 
  1. Themes include life experiences relevant to those starting their adult lives; romance, first jobs, etc.
  2. Story contains some heavy or dark elements, plot is dramatic
  3. Sexuality is portrayed unapologetically 
  4. Often self-published books gain a following which leads the author to a conventional book deal
  5. Character driven stories, often introspective, characters experience interior growth 
  6. Focus age 18-26
  7. Can extend to many sub-genres such as New Adult Fantasy, New Adult Science Fiction, New Adult Romance, New Adult Horror, etc.

Suggested Read-a-likes
Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton
Punk 57  by Penelope Douglas 
Just one of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
Twist (Dive Bar #2)  by Kylie Scott
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (YA)


  1. This books sounds really interesting. How does it extend to genres like New Adult Fantasy and Science? Are there elements of the paranormal to classify it as these sub-genres? Have you read the read-a-likes? How do they compare to It Ends With Us?

    1. This particular book didn't have any paranormal elements, but a New Adult book easily could. The only one of the read-a-likes I have personally read is I'll Give You the Sun, which is a YA novel.

  2. Sounds intriguing based on the appeals. How did you like it? Have you read any of Colleen Hoover's before?

    1. This was my first Colleen Hoover book. I did like it, but I like a lot of different types of books so in some ways I am easy to please. I had hoped it would be a little more impressive language-wise.

  3. Great annotation! Hoover is perennially popular at my library. Full points!