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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4.11 avg rating — 54 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 4,075 ratings
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4.57 avg rating — 14 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 846 ratings
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3.51 avg rating — 714 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 82 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 106 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 195 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 52 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 61 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 107 ratings
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3.38 avg rating — 576 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 2,637 ratings
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4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 128 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 1,678 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 3,001 ratings
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3.29 avg rating — 536 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 135 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 150 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 755 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 633 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 472 ratings
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3.04 avg rating — 660 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings
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898 books · 1,645 voters · list created March 11th, 2012 by Annie (votes) .
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Annie 986 books
198 friends
Jackie 574 books
20 friends
Jessica 2037 books
82 friends
Wendy 507 books
2186 friends
Shannon 2642 books
68 friends
S.R. 574 books
1909 friends
Caleb 38 books
18 friends
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 (Suicide punishable by Death) 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 S. 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 Aoife (new)

Aoife Sheridan Hi When is the results out?


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

So many good books!


message 10: by Sarah (new)

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


message 11: by Natalie (new)

Natalie S. 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 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks, Natalie!
The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton


message 13: by Therealbadkitty (new)

Therealbadkitty Fallen,Unearthly and Wings are definitely not unknown


message 14: by Natalie (new)

Natalie S. 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 15: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Removed for not being unknown:

Twilight
The Hobbit
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter


message 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 20: by Erica (new)

Erica Vampire Academy is well known they even made a movie


message 21: 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.


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