You ever ask someone their favorite type of music and they respond with, “Well, I don’t really have a favorite,” or, “I like them all.”
Well, that’s how I am with books. I’ll cycle my reading between pretty much every genre (for the most part).
However, one genre I’ve never really read is NA. To be honest, I didn’t even know what NA was until looking it up recently, and as it turns out NA stands for New Adult. Or as Amazon categorizes it, New Adult and College.
Enter Ugly Love
Every time I open Instagram I see a picture of Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love. It’s everywhere. The cover itself sounded like a modern day Danielle Steel, and that’s not exactly up my alley. But there it was, day after day, after day.
After about a month of seeing it everywhere I caved, spent $7.99, and downloaded it to my iPhone Kindle app. I didn’t even bother to read what the book was about.
Twenty pages in I was hooked.
I have no idea why.
It was written from the first person perspective of Tate, a young twenty something girl who was living with her brother while she finished nursing school. The first chapter ignited a magnetic tension between her and Miles, the guy across the hall. And that tension turned into a truly ugly love.
The writing wasn’t anything extraordinary, but the story telling from Tate’s point of view had me hooked. I found myself texting my wife to find out if girls really thought this way.
Next thing I knew I was on Amazon again clicking through the NA category. That’s when I started to feel a little awkward. It seemed like the cover of every bestselling book in this category was filled with shirtless guys and an attractive girl clinging to them. I was a long ways away from Mitch Albom, Patrick Rothfuss, Edgar Sawtelle Malcolm Gladwell, or Lee Child. Needless to say I quickly clicked back off the page.
Maybe someday (pun intended) I’ll pick up another Colleen Hoover novel. Because truth be told I enjoyed the read.