New Adult (NA)

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An age label for fiction, indicating that a book is intended for an audience in the 18-30 age range.

As an age label, New Adult can be paired with any genre (e.g. New Adult Science Fiction or New Adult Thriller).

Some typical features of New Adult fiction are a protagonist in the 18-30 age range who faces increased responsibility and life pressure; first-time experiences with working life, higher education, marriage, parenthood, and living away from parents; and mature themes such as sexuality, drug and alcohol abuse, and family problems.

Also see: Young Adult.