Hello lovers of the new adult genres…here’s the romance that helps define the genre of contemporary new adult romance It is not set in current day but in 1969 when the decisions made my 20 somethings thousands of times resulted in life and death. The events were true, the characters based on combinations of real people and the ramifications of the decisions they made still live today. If you have a dad or grand father born between 1940 and 1950, this is a great Sunday dinner topic. Chances are it impacted the lives of twenty something’s today! Don’t buy it? Read on.
HERE ARE THE TWO QUESTIONS:
Ask any man born in the U.S. between 1940 and 1950:
- What number were you in the military draft?
- If their “number” was over or under the magical number for that year what decisions would they have made differently in their life between 1968 and 1973?
Studies show over 80% of men know the answer.
John Lennon can be credited with the title for LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS but the events on the campus of Kent State University make the novel. If a coming of age in the 20-teen is of interest…the new adult genre can be defined by this novel!
New Adult fiction is still about the obvious –
- Boys and girls transforming into men and women, ages 21 to 23 years old
- College life
- Drugs, sex and rock and roll
- Consequences of making one decision over another
And here’s the highlights of how “Life’s What Happens” fits the NA criteria:
• College life – Life’s What Happens is told in flashback and the flashback is 100% the senior year for nine fraternity brothers and their friends. It’s all college all the time.
• Moving out of your parents’ house and living alone for the first time – Most of the characters in the Life’s What Happens story live on campus or in town and not at home and all for the first time. What’s interesting is the character arc of those that maintain a weekend tie to their families and those that are immersed into the on-campus life.
• First jobs – By senior year they have studied and majored in the classes necessary for their first real job as an adult. This criteria is part of the angst that some of the characters go through. What happens if you’re not allowed to start your career? What will you do about it?
• Deciding who you want to be, career-wise, and in general. Identity issues. Existential issues. – By senior year they have made these decisions and are actively trying to make their decisions come true.
• First serious relationships, finding love – Anyone who has gone through college knows that it was very rare that anyone retained any opposite sex relationships by the time they reached their senior year. In Life’s What Happens one of the nine fraternity brothers set out in their senior year to accomplish this.
• Sex – It’s less important that it be a “first time” as it is in YA. But the character should still be figuring stuff out. Since our readers can watch R rated movies, we can also be a little more explicit here without as much controversy. – Because this is all about New Adults in 1969 and 1970 and despite the publicity or history of the sex in the sixties, sex then was different than sex in the 21st century especially compared to the beliefs and actions of the millennial generation, the target market to a degree of the New Adult genre.
• Experimentation – Sex, drugs, alcohol. Of course, not all new adults engage in experimentation, but the phrase, “I experimented with “x” in college,” is a phrase for a reason. – Drugs were relatively segregated to some of the class of 1970 but wine, beer and hard liquor were center stage. Even states were confused back then with the application of blue laws and 3.2 beer. Fake IDs were a cottage industry for one purpose and that wasn’t to outsmart and outwit the TSA.
• Isolation – Living alone for the first time can be difficult – Most of the characters in Life’s What Happens lived in the fraternity house where living there was more difficult to living alone.
• Single life – New adults often do not have life partners and families yet, so their main relationships may be with friends and boyfriends/girlfriends. – Many stories centered around the characters living their life with their brothers and girlfriends on campus and no longer at home with family.
• A struggle to “find yourself” – This was the mantra of the 1960’s. No further comment needed. Yes there is actually. The major plot point in the book is what happens when everyone finally is on the path to fining themselves and someone totally blocks the path.
• Change – Moving out, going to college, finding a job…it’s a lot of transition. – Triple check and then add the draft road block thrown at them with a last minute Thanksgiving Eve congressional vote. You never can say enough about Nixon.
• Money challenges – Working your way through school was almost a guarantee of a paycheck coming from Uncle Sam and no school instead. In some cases in the story a temporary shortage of money and the decisions made can lead to a life time change in goals.
Life’s What Happens is a New Adult Romance for ages 18 to 25 and beyond.
It was a finalist in the Best Indie Book of 2013 and reviewers say—
“For reference, the authors placed a chart with the names and faces of the characters in the front of the book.”
Woodsusa | 2 reviewers made a similar statement
“ This is a story of a generation, and tells the forgotten story of the lives of these men. ”
Mark | 1 reviewer made a similar statement
Find out more about Kathy Clark, a.k.a. Bob Kat and her 29 novels at this point published worldwide at her website http://www.nightwriter93.com