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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102

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4.19 avg rating — 143,818 ratings
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103

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4.09 avg rating — 297,181 ratings
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104

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3.81 avg rating — 68,356 ratings
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105

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3.86 avg rating — 1,884,655 ratings
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106

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3.92 avg rating — 204,788 ratings
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107

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4.24 avg rating — 274,906 ratings
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108

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3.86 avg rating — 147,700 ratings
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109

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3.94 avg rating — 258,861 ratings
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110

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3.88 avg rating — 2,613,431 ratings
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111

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3.99 avg rating — 111,619 ratings
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112

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4.23 avg rating — 130,347 ratings
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113

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4.20 avg rating — 966,768 ratings
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114

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3.65 avg rating — 323,939 ratings
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115

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3.96 avg rating — 527,474 ratings
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116

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4.02 avg rating — 184,843 ratings
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117

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3.85 avg rating — 151,822 ratings
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118

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3.83 avg rating — 1,453,712 ratings
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119

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3.93 avg rating — 155,344 ratings
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120

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4.05 avg rating — 310,521 ratings
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121

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4.10 avg rating — 77,142 ratings
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122

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3.56 avg rating — 157,311 ratings
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123

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3.99 avg rating — 274,779 ratings
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124

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4.08 avg rating — 313,750 ratings
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125

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4.10 avg rating — 261,875 ratings
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126

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4.07 avg rating — 257,855 ratings
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127

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3.94 avg rating — 66,177 ratings
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128

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4.16 avg rating — 220,414 ratings
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129

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3.68 avg rating — 118,100 ratings
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130

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4.22 avg rating — 140,639 ratings
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131

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4.08 avg rating — 194,988 ratings
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132

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4.38 avg rating — 669,313 ratings
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133

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4.05 avg rating — 850,517 ratings
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134

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4.06 avg rating — 232,630 ratings
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135

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4.05 avg rating — 58,841 ratings
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136

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137

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4.05 avg rating — 210,080 ratings
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138

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4.02 avg rating — 123,524 ratings
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139

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3.95 avg rating — 40,919 ratings
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140

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3.82 avg rating — 236,191 ratings
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141

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3.91 avg rating — 158,721 ratings
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142

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4.12 avg rating — 515,710 ratings
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143

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4.21 avg rating — 243,890 ratings
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144

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3.87 avg rating — 582,843 ratings
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145

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4.24 avg rating — 165,406 ratings
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146

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3.96 avg rating — 237,249 ratings
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147

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4.17 avg rating — 118,563 ratings
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148

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4.42 avg rating — 326,875 ratings
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149

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4.45 avg rating — 1,498,308 ratings
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150

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3.73 avg rating — 69,274 ratings
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151

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4.14 avg rating — 323,743 ratings
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152

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3.88 avg rating — 1,046,817 ratings
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153

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4.08 avg rating — 146,818 ratings
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154

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3.76 avg rating — 70,718 ratings
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155

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3.96 avg rating — 105,790 ratings
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156

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3.63 avg rating — 45,327 ratings
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157

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3.75 avg rating — 64,436 ratings
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158

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3.94 avg rating — 84,345 ratings
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159

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3.89 avg rating — 95,188 ratings
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160

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4.09 avg rating — 97,511 ratings
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161

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4.29 avg rating — 659,068 ratings
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162

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4.18 avg rating — 1,473,887 ratings
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163

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4.10 avg rating — 186,476 ratings
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164

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3.89 avg rating — 565,868 ratings
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165

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3.92 avg rating — 80,537 ratings
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166

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3.99 avg rating — 68,871 ratings
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167

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4.15 avg rating — 166,127 ratings
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168

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4.12 avg rating — 255,871 ratings
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169

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3.73 avg rating — 58,422 ratings
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170

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4.14 avg rating — 75,519 ratings
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171

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4.14 avg rating — 419,333 ratings
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172

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4.23 avg rating — 297,403 ratings
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173

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3.92 avg rating — 41,754 ratings
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174

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4.05 avg rating — 52,776 ratings
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175

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4.19 avg rating — 119,458 ratings
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176

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4.16 avg rating — 102,321 ratings
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177

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3.82 avg rating — 295,677 ratings
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178

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3.83 avg rating — 111,655 ratings
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179

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3.85 avg rating — 237,434 ratings
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180

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3.74 avg rating — 115,043 ratings
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181

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3.77 avg rating — 34,078 ratings
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182

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3.80 avg rating — 1,283,224 ratings
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183

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4.02 avg rating — 48,476 ratings
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184

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3.99 avg rating — 92,058 ratings
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185

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3.94 avg rating — 1,252,582 ratings
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186

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3.92 avg rating — 39,428 ratings
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187

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3.64 avg rating — 25,666 ratings
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188

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3.54 avg rating — 42,444 ratings
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189

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4.08 avg rating — 98,435 ratings
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190

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4.13 avg rating — 86,992 ratings
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191

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4.14 avg rating — 66,354 ratings
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192

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3.97 avg rating — 151,422 ratings
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193

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4.10 avg rating — 121,921 ratings
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194

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3.65 avg rating — 69,242 ratings
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194

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4.02 avg rating — 389,821 ratings
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196

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3.73 avg rating — 57,141 ratings
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197

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4.19 avg rating — 86,134 ratings
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198

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4.16 avg rating — 100,566 ratings
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199

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3.84 avg rating — 240,208 ratings
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200

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4.14 avg rating — 153,917 ratings
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10,778 books · 71,292 voters · list created June 22nd, 2008 by Ashley (votes) .
Tags: best, young-adult
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Ashley 950 books
42 friends
Laura 1231 books
267 friends
Julie 2362 books
120 friends
Regan 218 books
17 friends
Laura 71 books
34 friends
Jessica 2450 books
106 friends
Arctic 1509 books
108 friends
Katie_marie 1090 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 Christina (new)

Christina 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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