Aug 4, 2014

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Question – Do You Have Trouble Transitioning From YA Romance to Adult Romance?

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Later this week I will be posting my review of a wonderful book titled Forecast by Rinda Elliott. This book is a little different for me. ‘What makes it different?’ you ask.  Well, it’s YA and, as you know, I don’t read much YA.  For me to enjoy that genre, it needs to be fresh and without all the over-the-top-teenage-drama-on-steroids crap.  Rinda’s series follows my rules.

Forecast was the first YA book I had read since I read the previous book in this series, back in March.  Of course, there are no sexy times in YA.  No, scratch that.  There may be sex-y times in YA but no sex times.  As you are all well aware, the books I normally read have sex in them.  Sometimes descriptive, sometimes not.  So going for months of reading that sort of book only to encounter sweet hugs and tender soft kisses in this YA book…well, it actually surprised me.  It took me a moment or two to remember that this was a book meant for young adults and by lusting over the hero and hoping he would cop a feel I was not only crossing the creepy cougar line but also crossing the “omg, ew, what is wrong with you” line.

That is the first time that’s happened to me.  The first time I needed to remind myself that YA is definitely different from Adult in that respect.  I think part of it is that these books are written quite maturely but still…odd that I had to acclimate myself to reading a more ‘innocent’ book.

Has this happened to you?  Do you have trouble transitioning from YA to Adult Romance?

  1. YES! Which is why I stopped reading YA/NA a few years ago. I found the more I started reading material intended for adults, I couldn’t relate to or go back to the YA books. 🙂

  2. I don’t find it difficult to transition, but sometimes I do miss the details. Then again, sometimes it’s nice to read something a little lighter, that concentrates on the emotions and not the physical aspects of a couple’s relationship. But I read YA often, interspersed with my PNR, UF, and Contemporary Romances, so I usually know what to expect. The New Adult genre isn’t nearly as “innocent” as the Young Adult genre. That might be an easier transition for you.

  3. I guess it depends on the YA. Sometimes the best part of the sexy times in any book is the build up. The furtive glances, secret longings, culminating in that moment when they finally steal a kiss. The library scene with Ethan in Chicagoland. Oh lord. Or the almost kiss Curran gives Cate in her apartment where he leans in sooo close, but then makes a snarky comment and departs. *shivers* Delicious! YA has all that, and often more of it, because it can’t take that next step. As long as it doesn’t devolve into “all the over-the-top-teenage-drama-on-steroids crap” as you so eloquently put it, then I am good. I am actually kind of amazed by how much YA does actually have sex. Not detailed, of course, but they get up to the moment, then fade to black. It always leaves me scratching my head. I know when I was growing up (which was notably a long time ago), books in the young adult section of the library had NONE of those shenanigans. I can’t decide if it’s a good thing for teens to be exposed to those kinds of scenes or a bad thing. Since I don’t have kids, fortunately, I don’t have to worry about it.

  4. This has definitely happened to me. Once you get past YA reading it’s kind of weird going back in all sorts of ways (some good, some bad). I do find it hard to adjust to the sugar-coated version of reality (not to say all are happy ending, peachy books but they don’t have the same life we all know in them).

  5. Not really. I don’t read much YA but when I do it’s for the story and not for the romance. That’s why I only read paranormal YA.

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