These days, it’s not exactly ridiculous if you’re well past 18 and still reading young adult novels. A lot of them celebrate diversity while tackling important issues like mental illness, abuse, and gender and sexuality. They offer keen insight on important transitional years and, okay, the swoon-city B-plots are always a bonus, if not the draw. What’s not to like?
Sometimes, though, it does feel a little silly when you’re still reading about high school drama while on break from a 9-to-5 job. You want to move on to something a little more mature, but every book you pick up in the Adult Fiction section has a blurb about a character who’s 45 and tired of marriage and children and blah. Reviews say it’s great — but you’re looking for something a little more #relatable.
To save you the time and effort, here’s a quick starter kit of fiction and non-fiction written for and by people who’ve found themselves (un)comfortably nestled in the space between young and adult.