Looking for something a little older than YA? Check out these New Adult picks, which largely feature protagonists aged 18-25.
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would.
Paige is still overcommitted but making more time for God when Preslee, the sister she has not spoken with in almost a year, returns wearing an engagement ring, the youth pastor asks her to take a job at the church, and an old boyfriend resurfaces.
The sea of tranquility
Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett. Josh's story is no secret. Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left.
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs-and wants-to avoid.
Redmerski, J. A.
The edge of never
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.
After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she's really good at it. Cath's twin sister has mostly grown away from the fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to. And now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. Can she do this?
Pepper knows the man she wants, but she needs to get his attention. She has got a plan in mind, and her roommates help her out.
Size 12 is not fat
|A former rock singer becomes the director of a dormitory for women and, unexpectedly, a detective when a student dies suspiciously.|
Tucker, K. A. .
Ten Tiny Breaths
Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami.
Sorensen, Jessica .
Redemption of Callie & Kayden
After Callie rescues Kayden when his luck and life seemed at an end, they become friends. When they meet again at college, Kayden realizes that Callie needs help too.
On Dublin Street
Samantha moves to Scotland from the States in an effort to leave her grief behind her, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded life to its core.
Meeting childhood friend Sky has reopened wounds for Dean and his family that he never thought would be opened.
Bared to you
Two traumatized people find help and passion together.
As Jacqueline tries to put her life back together at college, two very different men compete for her affections.
To college freshman Julie Seagle the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family of Boston add up to something that ... well ... doesn't quite add up. Only the funny, gorgeous, smart oldest brother Finn is emotionally available--but only online? Not until Julie forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.
Secret society girl
When Amy Haskell, editor of the university literary magazine, is invited into a prestigious secret fraternity, she can hardly believe it. She soon finds how complicated it makes her life, and how divided her loyalties become.
All I need
When Skye, a hopeless romantic, meets Seth, hurt by a recent break-up, at an end-of-summer party they connect instantly, but their love is tested when she returns to high school and he begins to work his way through an Ivy-League college.
Just one day
"Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love"--Provided by publisher.
Anatomy of a single girl
College pre-med Dominique discovers that the best way to recover from a break-up is to have a new boyfriend sexier than the last.