July 30th wasn’t just the one-year anniversary of the release of I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs, it was also the reveal of the brand new cover (gorgeous!). Since I’d already cornered her for a copy of the book to review and New Adult/YA-Mature is one of my new fascinations, I had a chance to ask her what got her interested in the category.
I Loved You First was a deviation from my prior works. My daughter, Alex, is the one who pushed me toward a younger theme. You see, I deemed my earlier works as “Not appropriate for children,” and she wanted the opportunity to read something written by me.
Thing was, I had no experience with the young adult genre. I don’t even recall reading the genre during my teen years. I finally gave the genre a try, starting with The Hunger Games. Wow! I couldn’t believe a young adult book could be so exciting.
My daughter got her wish… I wanted to give YA a shot. Only thing… I was so out of touch with the age group, I didn’t know where to start.
What do teens think these days? How do they spend their free time? I know my teen days weren’t nearly exciting as what I’d read in the books. School, friend’s house, home. Rinse and repeat. I didn’t attend one single party. Definitely didn’t try drugs and didn’t drink outside my parents’ supervision.
Once I left high school, that’s when the party started. Those were the days. I still smile when I remember my late teens. I wanted to experience them again through books and in my writing, which is why the characters from I Loved You First ended up in college rather than high school.
I had a time finding a place for I Loved You First in the literary world. With the characters in college, it didn’t really seem to fit in the Young Adult genre. Despite the young “ADULT” label, YA is very high school. But I remember my after-high school years, and definitely didn’t feel like an adult. Shoving I Loved You First into the regular adult section just didn’t seem right.
I cannot tell you how happy I was to find a place for I Loved You First —New Adult. Bummer there are so few New Adult books on the shelves. Perhaps one day NA will have its own section in the book stores.
Anyone want to share a theory about the huge gap between YA and adult books? Though I see more and more of NA works today, why has it taken so long for the genre to really take off?
Reena Jacobs is just a writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.
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It’s giveaway time! Reena is keeping the anniversary party going. For the next 48 hours (starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday Eastern), you have a chance to enter to win a book from The Book Depository (up to $15 value) at four different blogs (just follow the Rafflecopter crumbs below). For one measly ol’ comment (see me put on my beggy face?) you have a chance to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate at the end of the tour on Sunday.
And as a little something you can enjoy right now, you can get I Loved You First at Smashwords for a song:
Promo Price: 99¢
Regular Price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012