New Adult Books Set in University by Georgine Rowe

New Adult Books are, as the name suggests, books with “new adults” as protagonists, so characters who are 17+. The genre has been becoming increasingly popular, so here’s a quick summary of the very best that the ‘new adult’ category has to offer.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is about an 18 year-old girl called Cath, who has just started University. In her spare time she writes fanfiction, but doesn’t really have many friends offline. Her twin Wren naturally fits in as soon as she gets to Uni, but Cath herself has a tough time, struggling with social anxiety. Fangirl follows Cath through her first year at University as she takes on life, love and making new friends away from home.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Allyson’s life has always been organised, with everything she does planned weeks in advance. But at the end of her holiday in Europe everything changes when she meets Wilhelm, an actor who encourages her to come on a spur of the moment trip to Paris with him. Allyson suprises herself, accepting his invitation and what follows are 24 hours which will change her life forever.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou is not like other girls. For one, almost everything about her is a mystery. She also claims that her vibrant blue hair is completely natural, and grows that way. But what her classmates at the art school don’t know is that Karou was raised by Chimera, demonic creatures from another world. Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows Karou as she discovers more about her past and her origins.

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

This book tells the story of Facebook’s creation, starting at Harvard and ending in Silicon Valley, California, and in its own words is ‘A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal’. It follows Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg as they stumble through University and end up producing Facebook in the process. In 2010 it was adapted into a film called ‘The Social Network’, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, winning a golden globe for ‘Best Motion Picture – Drama’ as well as many other awards.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater is a senior in an American High School, and his only thrill is reading his favourite book series set in the mystical land of Fillory. So when Quentin is accepted into a very secret and very real school of magic in upstate New York he is astounded! The Magicians pursues Quentin’s journey through his new exciting life as he experiences the many wonders of University.

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