Best Young Adult Books

The best of young adult books. Young-adult books are books marketed to adolescents, roughly between the ages of 12 and 17, and usually feature main characters in that age range.

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1002

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3.40 avg rating — 10,225 ratings
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1003

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4.05 avg rating — 2,700 ratings
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1004

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3.96 avg rating — 7,105 ratings
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1005

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3.97 avg rating — 417,234 ratings
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1005

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4.06 avg rating — 26,124 ratings
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1007

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4.01 avg rating — 22,478 ratings
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1008

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4.05 avg rating — 15,485 ratings
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1009

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3.95 avg rating — 14,611 ratings
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1009

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3.61 avg rating — 20,488 ratings
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1011

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3.27 avg rating — 230,885 ratings
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1012

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4.03 avg rating — 1,506 ratings
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1012

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3.88 avg rating — 5,399 ratings
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1012

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3.88 avg rating — 9,559 ratings
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1015

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4.08 avg rating — 33,733 ratings
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1016

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3.80 avg rating — 98,555 ratings
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1017

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3.94 avg rating — 179,048 ratings
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1018

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4.09 avg rating — 422 ratings
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1018

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4.51 avg rating — 67 ratings
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1018

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4.23 avg rating — 64 ratings
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1018

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3.96 avg rating — 165 ratings
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1018

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4.27 avg rating — 112 ratings
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1023

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4.31 avg rating — 112 ratings
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1024

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4.14 avg rating — 13,894 ratings
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1024

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3.50 avg rating — 48,366 ratings
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1024

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3.94 avg rating — 487 ratings
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1027

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3.99 avg rating — 143 ratings
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1027

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3.88 avg rating — 1,017 ratings
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1029

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3.74 avg rating — 10,648 ratings
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1029

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3.99 avg rating — 18,632 ratings
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1031

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3.67 avg rating — 915 ratings
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1031

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4.30 avg rating — 27 ratings
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1033

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4.02 avg rating — 18,430 ratings
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1033

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4.03 avg rating — 30 ratings
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1033

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3.99 avg rating — 1,069 ratings
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1036

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4.42 avg rating — 156,421 ratings
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1036

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3.94 avg rating — 40,596 ratings
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1038

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3.75 avg rating — 77 ratings
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1038

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1040

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3.85 avg rating — 12,692 ratings
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1040

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4.32 avg rating — 111 ratings
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1042

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4.34 avg rating — 364,804 ratings
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1042

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3.76 avg rating — 229,187 ratings
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1044

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3.68 avg rating — 4,428 ratings
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1044

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3.82 avg rating — 12,321 ratings
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1046

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3.79 avg rating — 376 ratings
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1046

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3.97 avg rating — 18,337 ratings
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1048

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4.12 avg rating — 16 ratings
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1049

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3.87 avg rating — 66,211 ratings
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1049

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4.20 avg rating — 545,223 ratings
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1051

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4.33 avg rating — 280 ratings
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1052

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4.44 avg rating — 27 ratings
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1052

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3.63 avg rating — 1,618 ratings
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1054

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4.34 avg rating — 116 ratings
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1055

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4.16 avg rating — 85,588 ratings
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1056

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3.88 avg rating — 468,628 ratings
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1057

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3.78 avg rating — 5,346 ratings
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1057

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4.04 avg rating — 580,117 ratings
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1059

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3.96 avg rating — 10,809 ratings
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1060

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3.51 avg rating — 498,168 ratings
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1060

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4.51 avg rating — 45,858 ratings
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1062

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3.94 avg rating — 20,313 ratings
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1063

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3.84 avg rating — 5,636 ratings
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1063

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3.80 avg rating — 8,997 ratings
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1063

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4.01 avg rating — 36,306 ratings
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1066

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3.81 avg rating — 6,003 ratings
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1067

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4.13 avg rating — 28,542 ratings
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1068

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3.70 avg rating — 18,695 ratings
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1069

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3.88 avg rating — 7,491 ratings
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1069

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4.33 avg rating — 415,911 ratings
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1071

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4.14 avg rating — 24,553 ratings
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1072

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4.04 avg rating — 365 ratings
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1073

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3.79 avg rating — 31,717 ratings
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1073

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4.18 avg rating — 9,060 ratings
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1075

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3.70 avg rating — 4,611 ratings
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1075

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3.85 avg rating — 3,854 ratings
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1077

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4.04 avg rating — 4,452 ratings
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1078

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3.93 avg rating — 6,632 ratings
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1079

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3.95 avg rating — 24,485 ratings
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1080

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3.68 avg rating — 19,464 ratings
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1081

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3.76 avg rating — 4,894 ratings
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1082

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4.16 avg rating — 10,798 ratings
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1083

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3.68 avg rating — 4,215 ratings
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1084

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4.27 avg rating — 50,535 ratings
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1084

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4.12 avg rating — 24,251 ratings
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1086

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3.73 avg rating — 31,728 ratings
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1087

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3.85 avg rating — 28,434 ratings
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1088

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3.63 avg rating — 7,662 ratings
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1089

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3.82 avg rating — 32,438 ratings
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1089

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3.76 avg rating — 37,562 ratings
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1091

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4.34 avg rating — 273,677 ratings
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1092

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3.69 avg rating — 13,442 ratings
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1093

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3.88 avg rating — 12,094 ratings
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1094

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3.76 avg rating — 10,126 ratings
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1094

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3.69 avg rating — 14,178 ratings
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1096

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3.84 avg rating — 1,562 ratings
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1097

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4.24 avg rating — 36,736 ratings
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1098

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4.02 avg rating — 8,964 ratings
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1099

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3.54 avg rating — 33,801 ratings
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1100

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4.08 avg rating — 10,993 ratings
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10,486 books · 70,195 voters · list created June 22nd, 2008 by Ashley (votes) .
Tags: best, teen, ya, young-adult
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Ashley 918 books
41 friends
Laura 1229 books
261 friends
Julie 2191 books
120 friends
Regan 218 books
17 friends
Laura 71 books
34 friends
Jessica 2353 books
104 friends
Arctic 1412 books
110 friends
Katie_marie 1066 books
163 friends

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message 2: by Maddi :) (new)

Maddi :) wat book is that?


message 3: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I LOVE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 4: by Maya (new)

Maya Harry Pottor all the way!


message 5: by Kj (last edited May 10, 2010 03:19PM) (new)

Kj Maya wrote: "Harry Pottor all the way!"

I'm with you Maya!!!


message 6: by Lolabella (new)

Lolabella i like harry potter a lot and i am obsessed with the movies and all but I don't like the books as much as the movies. i don't know why this is.


message 7: by Lolabella (new)

Lolabella I love Judy Blume books. I could read them all day and never get tired of them!!!


message 8: by Molly (new)

Molly i had no choice to come on!!!!!!


message 9: by Nick (new)

Nick i love fukin bks
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message 10: by Miranda (new)

Miranda My favorite author is Maggie Stiefvater. She writes alot of books. She writes my favorite book called Shiver. It reminds you of Twilight, but waay better. I'm looking forward to the sequel coming out July 20th. You should check it out!


message 11: by Pablito.m (last edited May 25, 2010 04:24PM) (new)

Pablito.m My Favorite other is Wendy Mass and Rick Riordan, their books are full amazing of excitement!


message 12: by Imani ♥ ☮ (new)

 Imani ♥ ☮ Okay, 1. Why is Twilight on the top of almost list???
2. I see that some of these books aren't even really YA books. Crime and Punishment? Green Eggs and Ham? Seriously???


message 13: by Shelley (new)

Shelley Burgess I am a 7th great language arts teacher ... I have read GABOODLES of great books, all of which are in my classroom library - as a matter of fact - probably 97% of the list above. I have the following question: Are there any new series out there which guys and girls will enjoy reading? I have all summer to spend finding new novels to put in my library. The Immortal Instruments, Twighlight, Olympians, House of Night, and Vampire Academy books STAYED checked out this year. So I'm looking for series such as those. Thanks! Mrs. B


message 14: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy I can't believe Twilight has more votes than Harry Potter. That is just wrong.


message 15: by Caralyn (new)

Caralyn Twilight is waayyyyyyyyyyyyy better than Harry Potter, Christina. And I read both.


message 16: by Tony (new)

Tony Hilton twilight is so weird. All it is is people who are vampires and werewolves


message 17: by Tony (new)

Tony Hilton Christina wrote: "I can't believe Twilight has more votes than Harry Potter. That is just wrong."

Your right twilight is stupid


message 18: by Angela (new)

Angela Twilight shouldn't be anywhere near this list. :P


message 19: by Crystal (new)

Crystal i mean, i love twilight, dont get me wrong, but i have to say that harry potter is way better. i mean come on. doesnt the whole vampire thing get a little old sometimes? with hp, sometimes it seems like it drolls on and on and never ends but at least it has a continuous story line that you can follow. it seems like the same thing is happening in the first 3 books of twilight. idk maybe its just me but i think that harry potter should definitely be above twilight.


message 20: by Angela (new)

Angela At least Harry Potter takes its mythology (if it is called that) from actual, old stories and the themes are much more substantial. (What even IS the theme in Twilight?). Heck, even the spells have actual Latin roots.

Not to mention the fact that it's actually well-written.

Even my English teacher agrees. :P

But this is just my opinion...


message 21: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Angela wrote: "At least Harry Potter takes its mythology (if it is called that) from actual, old stories and the themes are much more substantial. (What even IS the theme in Twilight?). Heck, even the spells have..."

i know! i completely agree with you. the spells actually mean something, kinda. yeah jk rowling is an awesome author. stephenie meyer is ok but not as good as her, i think.


message 22: by Shelley (new)

Shelley Burgess Harry Potter is an AWESOME series - but Twilight is equally so. There is a lot of action and romance that holds a readers attention.


message 23: by Shelley (new)

Shelley Burgess Has anyone thought of an older series in which several books are already out? I am DESPERATE to get busy reading - but do not want to just go buy books - would rather follow recommendations. :0) Thanks!


message 24: by Angela (new)

Angela Shelley wrote: "Has anyone thought of an older series in which several books are already out? I am DESPERATE to get busy reading - but do not want to just go buy books - would rather follow recommendations. :0) ..."

The only other teen series I've read are the Gemma Doyle Trilogy (search "A Great and Terrible Beauty") and The Princess Diaries.

I recommend them both, although I haven't actually finished the latter. :)


message 25: by Morgan (new)

Morgan the Luxe series. for all of you people that love reading about girls taking their lives into their own hands in a time when it wasnt seen as proper in society and them defying the rules this series is just for you. it's perfect, i was crying at the end of the series for...well, if you read it youll see. have fun reading =)


message 26: by Crystal (new)

Crystal i love that series! yeah i cried at the end too... :(


message 27: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Imani wrote: "Okay, 1. Why is Twilight on the top of almost list???
2. I see that some of these books aren't even really YA books. Crime and Punishment? Green Eggs and Ham? Seriously???"


im with you on this one, i mean seriously people, twilight is so hyped!!! I admit its an enjoyable read
but not an excellent one. Oh and since when did The Little Prine by Antoine de Saint exupery and charlie and the chocolate facory become a YA book. Who made this list?!?! I swear if i find you ill teach you how to categorize books well by dragging you around a library and making you google till your eyes hurt! ehem... sorry 'bout that


message 28: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Meadows Okay.... I read The Twilight Saga and i liked it but i think there are better stories out there.I love books, on here i have probably read 65 of these books. My favorite author is Lurlene Mcdaniel. Anyways, I am on here to ask if anyone has read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury or Anthem by Ayn Rand. I need to know if there is any hope that i will like these books because i have to read them for school..


message 29: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Meadows crystalfairy221 wrote: "i mean, i love twilight, dont get me wrong, but i have to say that harry potter is way better. i mean come on. doesnt the whole vampire thing get a little old sometimes? with hp, sometimes it seems..."
I agree.. I think the first 3 books of twilight are pretty much the same but the 4th is good, not because Edward and Bella end up together but because it actually has a story line!


message 30: by Hayden (new)

Hayden Harry Potter is way better than Twilight 'cause they actually have attractive men! XD Everything is about vampires, anyways. I'm sick and tired of it. Wizards. J.K. Rowling did well with wizards. Lots more ideas and creativity. Great story line. Great charcters. Loved every bit of it. Even if she made my favorite characters die.


message 31: by Austin (new)

Austin All these books are bad :/ I recommend Nailed-Patrick Jones Or Its kind of a funny story-Ned Vizzini <33


message 32: by Hayden (new)

Hayden So, pretty much, every book that has a movie should be on this list because everyone always complains, "The book is better than the movie!" XD


message 33: by Dani (new)

Dani Caralyn wrote: "Twilight is waayyyyyyyyyyyyy better than Harry Potter, Christina. And I read both."

Are you daft? I mean, seriously. What exactly makes Twilight better than Harry Potter.. Oh and, Caralyn? I've read both.


message 34: by Katie (last edited Jun 08, 2010 07:29AM) (new)

Katie The Shakespeare Stealer is an excellent book too. As is The Mysterious Benedict Society. It's a shame neither of them are in the top 100.

And Twilight/HP? Seriously, it should be a no-brainer which is better for young adults. Twilight teaches them that it's okay to have an unhealthy obsession with another teen... while Harry Potter displays themes like honor, trust, loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice...
Just my two cents ;)


message 35: by Morgen (new)

Morgen THANK YOU KATIE!!!! i llllooooovvvveeeee HP!!! twilight is ok, but HP is sooo much better!!


message 36: by Lee (new)

Lee Kj wrote: "Maya wrote: "Harry Pottor all the way!"

I'm with you Maya!!!"


Agreed :) Harry potter is lifee !


message 37: by Holly (new)

Holly Artemis Fowl FOREVER! :)


message 38: by Carol (new)

Carol OMG am I the only adult who hates Harry Potter? As someone who also had to teach it I can say it has no merit whatsoever.


message 39: by Avreyna (new)

Avreyna Harry Potter is soooooooooo much better than twilight! Harry Potter has an amazing storyline and J.K Rowling IS a talented author. In twilight all the characters are overly desperate and have absolutely no lives. As for bella completely losing it after Edward left is totally pathetic! i mean come on: GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!! and if anyone thinks Twilight is better than they probably have the IQ of a lemon:)


message 40: by Holly (new)

Holly Avreyna wrote: "Harry Potter is soooooooooo much better than twilight! Harry Potter has an amazing storyline and J.K Rowling IS a talented author. In twilight all the characters are overly desperate and have absol..."

You tell them! :) That is so true! :)


message 41: by Ivory (new)

Ivory seriously guys? ok think of it this way...... imagine you writing a book as big as twilight. she came up with a good idea too. obviously people like it. i dont think people like you would be creative enough to come up with twilight or harry potter. therefore im not on either side. :)


message 42: by Avreyna (last edited Jun 17, 2010 06:02AM) (new)

Avreyna Ivory wrote: "seriously guys? ok think of it this way...... imagine you writing a book as big as twilight. she came up with a good idea too. obviously people like it. i dont think people like you would be cr..."

wel if you didnt notice twilight isnt that orignal...have you read vampire diaries? most of the concepts are the same and vampire diaries came out first, vampire and werewolf fueds go way back in literature...and i for one never said i could come up with a better idea but that doesnt mean everyone who has better ideas than me are atomaticaly good, it just means they are more creative than i am! and creativity isnt all that makes a good author. and as for people liking it, they like it coz its about love obsessed teens more than coz itz interesting


message 43: by Ivory (new)

Ivory you know it does have more to do with creativity and imagination. i write books myself and im thinking up some stuff but without that creativity or imagination i wouldnt be able to come up with things. point is both are good books.


message 44: by Avreyna (new)

Avreyna lol...i dont mean any offense to you but my point is J.K Rowling has more talent and is far better.


message 45: by Clarence :P (new)

Clarence :P Why are all the Twilight books on here?
They're the worst books I've ever read!


message 46: by Clarence :P (new)

Clarence :P Ivory wrote: "seriously guys? ok think of it this way...... imagine you writing a book as big as twilight. she came up with a good idea too. obviously people like it. i dont think people like you would be cr..."

Um EXCUSE me? =P


message 47: by Clarence :P (new)

Clarence :P I love it how we're having a big conversation about this, but I haven't seen a single twilight supporter for quite a while. =)


message 48: by Avreyna (new)

Avreyna Clare Bear wrote: "I love it how we're having a big conversation about this, but I haven't seen a single twilight supporter for quite a while. =)"

lol...they have seen the error of their ways


message 49: by Shwetika (new)

Shwetika Imani wrote: "Okay, 1. Why is Twilight on the top of almost list???
2. I see that some of these books aren't even really YA books. Crime and Punishment? Green Eggs and Ham? Seriously???"


twilight is a good book. ITs a love story with some super-natural things. and have all the elements that ties you up with it. Its 1 of the best YA book.


message 50: by Shwetika (new)

Shwetika well..... I am a supporter of twilight.. a huge fan of it actualy.


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