Best Unknown Young Adult Books

A list of little-known YA books. Please only add books with LESS THAN 1,000 RATINGS as of right now.

If you see a book that was mistakenly added (like Unwind), please don't vote for it. And if you see a book that has gained over 1,000 ratings since it was added to this list (Thirteen Days to Midnight, for example), please, again, don't vote for it.
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3.40 avg rating — 613 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,703 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 1,417 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 64 ratings
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4.56 avg rating — 16 ratings
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4.69 avg rating — 16 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 20 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 44 ratings
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4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 134 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 42 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 1,770 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 59 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 3,183 ratings
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3.32 avg rating — 592 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 160 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 159 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 791 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 2,465 ratings
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4.83 avg rating — 6 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 22 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 106 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 571 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 845 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 132 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 686 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 475 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 1,374 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 77 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 90 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 304 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 1,680 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 2,011 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 273 ratings
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3.16 avg rating — 540 ratings
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3.47 avg rating — 268 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 114 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 516 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 2,967 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 94 ratings
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3.46 avg rating — 1,111 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 528 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 65 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 840 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 9 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 475,902 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 434 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 114 ratings
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3.24 avg rating — 617 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 891 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 1,402 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 164 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 80 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 152 ratings
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3.03 avg rating — 727 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 26 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 64 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 347 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 133 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 83 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 13 ratings
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3.14 avg rating — 125 ratings
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3.19 avg rating — 1,279 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
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3.27 avg rating — 11 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 23 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 2,182 ratings
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4.75 avg rating — 79 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 89 ratings
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3.52 avg rating — 29 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 11 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 867 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 76 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 10 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 392 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 223 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 19 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 57 ratings
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3.30 avg rating — 188 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 144 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 680 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 575 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 41 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,875 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 23 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 19 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 27 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 131 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 140 ratings
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4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 174 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 99 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 12 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 54 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 240 ratings
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919 books · 1,741 voters · list created March 11th, 2012 by Annie (votes) .
106 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Annie 1124 books
203 friends
Jackie 672 books
16 friends
Jessica 2094 books
80 friends
Wendy 510 books
2822 friends
Shannon 2647 books
73 friends
S.R. Johannes 576 books
1897 friends
Caleb 38 books
18 friends
PostCardashian 151 books
968 friends

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message 1: by Daniel (new)

Daniel De Culla Lovely¡ I enjoy You and Yrs so much.


message 2: by Nitzan (new)

Nitzan Schwarz Due to the requests of this list I just had to erase all my votes (all the books are more than 1,000 now).
I'd just like to point out most of the books here have much more than 1000, and that people will automatically vote for them, without care for the rules of the list.
Is there any way to clean the list and get rid of the ones with more ratings??


message 3: by Annie (last edited Oct 15, 2012 01:41PM) (new)

Annie Nitzan wrote: "Due to the requests of this list I just had to erase all my votes (all the books are more than 1,000 now).
I'd just like to point out most of the books here have much more than 1000, and that peopl..."


If there is a way to clean the list, I don't know it. You might have to be a Goodreads Librarian in order to do it. In the meantime, the only thing we can do is hope people will pay attention to the number of ratings.

Although, sometimes I wonder...something like The Iron Fey...that's a super-popular series. What on earth would make someone think it was "unknown"?


message 4: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson I love how Black Moon has more votes than it does ratings.


message 5: by Carol (new)

Carol Atta Yikes ... I Kissed a Dog is not a Young Adult book.


message 6: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I have librarian status and can remove the books that don't meet the list specification if the author (Annie) would like me to.

I could strictly remove everything that is over 1000, or if you'd like to be more lenient I can keep the one's that have 2000-3000 ratings on the list as well. Just let me know.


message 7: by Annie (new)

Annie Natalie wrote: "I have librarian status and can remove the books that don't meet the list specification if the author (Annie) would like me to.

I could strictly remove everything that is over 1000, or if you'd l..."


If you could remove the ones that don't fit the criteria, that would be awesome (though I'm sure they'll just be added again). You can be a bit more lenient with the number of ratings, if you want.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

So many good books!


message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Thanks for the list, I'm finding some interesting books!


message 10: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I removed the following books from the list in response to the list creator's wishes, since they do not meet the criteria for the list.

The Iron King, Unwind, Entwined, Angelfall, Beautiful Creatures, Born at Midnight, The Vincent Boys, Howl's Moving Castle, The Duff, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Inescapable, Prom and Prejuidice, Existence, Dairy Queen, & Something Maybe. They were all well over the 1000 rating threshold. I left the books that were at 2000-3000ish.

I only checked the first page of books for ones that did not meet the criteria. I may look at the additional pages later.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks, Natalie!
The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton


message 12: by Therealbadkitty (new)

Therealbadkitty Fallen,Unearthly and Wings are definitely not unknown


message 13: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Therealbadkitty wrote: "Fallen,Unearthly and Wings are definitely not unknown"

Thanks for the notice! As I did before, I removed "Fallen", "Hush, Hush", "Unearthly", and "Wings" as they were extremely over the ratings limit.


message 14: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Removed for not being unknown:

Twilight
The Hobbit
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter


message 15: by Therealbadkitty (new)

Therealbadkitty Natalie wrote: "Therealbadkitty wrote: "Fallen,Unearthly and Wings are definitely not unknown"

Thanks for the notice! As I did before, I removed "Fallen", "Hush, Hush", "Unearthly", and "Wings" as they were extre..."


You're welcome :) And I found another book over the limit,Shadow and Bone.


message 16: by Gabby (last edited Aug 20, 2013 09:51PM) (new)

Gabby Balthazar ( 3,125 ratings, page 3)

A Swift Pure Cry (1,057 ratings, page 4)

The Scourge (1,467 ratings, page 4)

The Rag and Bone Shop (1,588 ratings page 4)


message 17: by Therealbadkitty (new)

Therealbadkitty The Changelings and Coexist are now both over 1k


Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews} Untraceable is page one and has 1017 ratings


message 19: by Erica (new)

Erica Vampire Academy is well known they even made a movie


message 20: by Annie (new)

Annie I wish so many of these didn't have numbers like 40 ratings/30 votes. You're telling me that 75% of users who read this just so happened to vote on this list? I don't buy it.


message 21: by Ines (last edited May 13, 2020 03:19PM) (new)

Ines I removed everything above 5000 ratings in the first 200 places (cause wowww people add a lot of books that dont fit the description)
I was quite annoyed by all those people who added Hobbit or Catcher in the rye and so on.. like how is this unknown?!


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