Sometimes, I like to read books that, as my father would put it, have “no social redeeming value.” I’m not learning anything like I would be if it were a non-fiction book or a biography. It doesn’t have any deep, underlying meaning about life like a lot of literary fiction. It’s not even super trendy, like a bestseller, where everyone wants to read the book, then talk about it. It’s just reading for fun.
Series books are quick to read and either feature the same characters having adventures over a certain amount of time in different locations or it could be individual stories of connected people having adventures usually in the same place and time. (To use a movie analogy, think of the Harry Potter series where Harry, Ron, and Hermione have a different adventure each year at Hogwarts vs. the Marvel movie franchise where Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, etc. have their own movies, but know of and interact with the other characters in their movies.)
What does this have to do with anything? Well, I recently read the Game On series by Kristen Callihan.
In the library world, this book would be considered a New Adult book, which is different from a Fiction book that is new to the library’s collection. New Adult books are books about people in their late teens to mid-twenties (i.e. college age) and the problems they face. While there is usually A LOT of sex, drinking, and partying with a little bit of studying or going to classes thrown in, there is often a problem that needs to be dealt with, such as financial worries, rape, self-esteem issues, or death, before the main characters become a couple.
In the Game On series, which is set in a fictitious college town somewhere in the South, the author is writing about members of the two-time champion football team with a strong possibility for a third year winning streak.
In the first book, The Hook Up, Anna Jones meets Drew Baylor, the star quarterback for the college football team, in a philosophy class for seniors. There is instant attraction between them, but she doesn’t really care about football plus she finds it annoying when everyone fawns over Drew. He wants to pursue a relationship with her – someone who doesn’t see him as a meal ticket or as a celebrity football player, but as a real person. She doesn’t trust the situation, wanting to leave their relationship at a hook-up level. However, Drew has never backed down from a challenge, so he is in full pursuit of Anna. Game On!
In the second book, The Friend Zone, Gray Grayson, tight end for the college football team, borrows Ivy Mackenzie’s cute, little, bubblegum pink Fiat from her father, his prospective agent, after loaning his truck to his friend Drew Baylor. Once Ivy found out Gray was borrowing her car, she texted him threatening revenge if he damaged it. Ever since that first “meeting”, they became friends. But now when Gray realizes that he wants more with Ivy, something that had never happened before to the man who only did hook-ups, he doesn’t know how to get out of the dreaded friend zone.
In the third book, The Game Plan, two years have passed since graduation when NFL center Ethan Dexter re-connects with Fiona Mackenzie, younger sister to Ivy Mackenzie Grayson. He has been in love with her for years, but waited patiently until the time was right before he made his move. Fiona doesn’t want to date a professional athlete, nor does she want to start a long-distance relationship. She wants to focus on saving her career from a back-stabbing co-worker. However, as far as Dex is concerned, the time has come, so he is working on his game plan to win her for his own.
Have you ever read a New Adult book? If you did, what did you think about it? What other series books would you recommend for others to read and why did you enjoy it?