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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3.77 avg rating — 712 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 1,427 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 78 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 275 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 576 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 93 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 1,114 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 65 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 835 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 9 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 502,376 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 435 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 116 ratings
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3.25 avg rating — 615 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 167 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,940 ratings
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931 books · 1,771 voters · list created March 11th, 2012 by Annie (votes) .
106 likes · 
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Annie 1187 books
195 friends
Jackie 766 books
15 friends
Jessica 2103 books
80 friends
Wendy 510 books
2834 friends
Shannon 2648 books
72 friends
Shelli 602 books
1906 friends
Caleb 38 books
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PostCardashian 151 books
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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


message 18: by Gabs (new)

Gabs 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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