The “New Adult“ genre name in fiction really covers the age from 19 to 26. Blogs, book blurbs and redefining what it means to grow up has been taking over the books and the news about the books over the past year or two..
Kathy Clark’s 30th book, BABY DADDY fits the New Adult genre checklist perfectly.
Here’s the blurb followed by the comparison of the book to the new adult genre checklist that readers, bloggers and editors often apply.
An inheritance brought her more than she ever could have imagined.
Killeen Ames had it all…beauty, brains, a college scholarship, a rich and handsome boyfriend. Then she found out she was pregnant and the boyfriend disappeared and the scholarship is in jeopardy. A stranger arrives at her door with the news that a father she had never known had died and she was his heir.
But not his only heir. She and four half-siblings meet for the first time and learn the shocking details of a popular music star who had been their father and Scandals, the private investigation agency he has left them.
Killeen’s decision is further complicated when she meets the totally irresistible manager of Scandals. Her attraction to him is immediate and volatile, but she knows they have no future. She has a secret she can’t share.
Someone doesn’t want them to stay and take over the business. In fact, someone wants them all dead. Their lives depend on whether or not they can figure out who he is and how to stop him before he succeeds.
In spite of the fact that the five protagonists range from age 19 to 26, their lives are turned up side down with a knock on their door and meeting a few weeks later about a man they didn’t even know existed
All the essential New Adult story elements are there:
* College life – Some are, one was and one hasn’t been
* Moving out of your parents’ house and living alone for the first time – One did, three had and one moved out on a regualr basis
* First jobs – One serious and four never seriously
* Deciding who you want to be, career-wise, and in general. Identity issues. Existential issues. – One’s hit their career ceiling, one’s on a path to no where and the others are in transition yet they are all tied together by their mother”s past.
* First serious relationships, finding love – The opening line of the book foreshadows one character’s future but does not force a conclusion. “He left me with two broken DVD cases, a pair of worn-out Nikes and a plus sign on my pee stick.”
* 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. – No comment.
* 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. – No comment
* A struggle to “find yourself” – While struggling to stay alive and figure out what’s true from their past they work toward figuring out who they are
* Change – Moving out, going to college, finding a job…it’s a lot of transition. – Everyone has the same opportunity but is starting from a very different starting point in their life. Yet their lines are intertwined.
* Money challenges – Sometimes having too many options can be overwhelming.
BABY DADDY is coming of age with people you want to know better.