YA books that are actually GOOD
We get it! You really, really love the Twilight books!! They're the best books you've ever read and you can't get enough! But here are some really great books you might not know about....
100 Torment (Fallen, #2)
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102 Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,139 ratings
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103 Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 22,068 ratings
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104 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 19,059 ratings
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105 The Last Picture Show
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,777 ratings
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106 Winesburg, Ohio
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 16,471 ratings
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107 The Westing Game
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 86,090 ratings
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107 The Swiss Family Robinson
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 61,040 ratings
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109 The Book of Lost Things
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 33,316 ratings
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110 His Dark Materials (His Dar...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 77,038 ratings
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110 The Mudhen
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 9 ratings
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112 Michel Strogoff
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,014 ratings
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113 The Graveyard Book
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 201,029 ratings
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113 Scaramouche
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,134 ratings
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115 The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 148,920 ratings
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116 The Foundation Trilogy (Fou...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 55,654 ratings
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116 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 7,974 ratings
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118 Vamped
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 907 ratings
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119 Treasure Island
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 208,040 ratings
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120 Masada
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 235 ratings
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121 The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 364 ratings
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122 A Certain Slant of Light (L...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 14,449 ratings
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123 This Boy's Life
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 15,060 ratings
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124 Friday Night Lights: A Town...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 25,166 ratings
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125 Day Watch (Watch, #2)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 12,020 ratings
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126 The Red Pony
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 33,086 ratings
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127 Circle of Friends
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 33,048 ratings
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128 The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 28,821 ratings
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129 A River Runs Through It and...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 14,809 ratings
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130 Something Wicked This Way C...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 49,338 ratings
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131 Cold Sassy Tree
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 60,931 ratings
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132 The Crimson Petal and the W...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 21,265 ratings
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133 A Girl Named Zippy
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 24,084 ratings
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134 Fluke: Or, I Know Why the W...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 26,676 ratings
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135 These Is My Words (Sarah Ag...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 39,400 ratings
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136 Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 19,645 ratings
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137 Steppenwolf
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 62,208 ratings
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138 A Son of the Circus
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 13,101 ratings
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139 The Tortilla Curtain
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 16,616 ratings
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140 A Separate Peace
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 123,108 ratings
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140 The Milagro Beanfield War
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 5,880 ratings
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142 Soon I Will Be Invincible
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 8,072 ratings
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143 One Thousand White Women: T...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 60,961 ratings
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143 Trutor & the Balloonist
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 14 ratings
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145 Captivity
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 61 ratings
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146 Of Marriageable Age
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 513 ratings
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147 The Speech of Angels
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 99 ratings
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148 An Awfully Big Adventure
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 437 ratings
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149 The Barrytown Trilogy: The ...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 2,021 ratings
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150 The Red Tent
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 333,769 ratings
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150 Cal
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 909 ratings
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152 World War Z: An Oral Histor...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 226,977 ratings
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153 Strawberry and Chocolate
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 45 ratings
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154 The Inhabited Woman
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,060 ratings
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155 The Glass Castle
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 451,913 ratings
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155 Murder Most Royal (Tudor Sa...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,618 ratings
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157 Texasville
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,844 ratings
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158 Joy in the Morning
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,950 ratings
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159 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 226,433 ratings
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160 Cry to Heaven
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 14,943 ratings
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161 American Gods (American God...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 297,059 ratings
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161 Krabat
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,804 ratings
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163 Finding Fish
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,919 ratings
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164 Emil and the Detectives
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 3,597 ratings
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165 Madita
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,640 ratings
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166 The Little Prince
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 454,688 ratings
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167 Oscar And The Lady In Pink
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,334 ratings
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167 books · 34 voters · list created January 17th, 2011 by Charlotte (votes) .
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message 1: by Derya (new)

Derya On the other hand, most of the books on the list are not YA novels. =)


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) But they should be accessible to YA readers, which is the main point it would seem -- and many of them were written in a time when "YA literature" as a genre didn't exist yet! :)


message 3: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Every boook I put on this list is a book I read as a young adult, or that my son read as a young adult. It seems to me that just about every contemporary book on most Goodreads list follow the same theme as the Twilight series - all poorly written romance genre scaled down to a palatably juvenile level. What if you were that age - and just starting to read and had no idea that some really good stuff was out there? What if you were combing through list after list of "great" books that always included Twilight and some other romance/horror combination series.
It just seemed fair to let such readers know there is a world full of good and great reads out there that do not necessarily include vampires.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I think everything I put on there is either stuff that is definitely marketed as YA, or I read myself and loved at that age.


message 5: by Lauren (new)

Lauren *rolls eyes, adds Megan Whalen Turner Books to list*
Seriously. How are these not on the list already?!


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