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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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3.98 avg rating — 1,408,365 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 614,135 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 1,625,187 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 1,131,493 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 776,495 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 403,723 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 506,313 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 3,732,095 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 546,883 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 1,790,156 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 433,400 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 472,073 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 519,041 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 403,919 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,272,652 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 660,648 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 898,835 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 777,340 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 1,054,008 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 532,312 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 317,007 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 257,583 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 672,818 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 267,635 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 218,060 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 271,125 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 465,213 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 292,168 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 202,536 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 461,422 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 162,203 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 258,860 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 202,706 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 109,469 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 167,685 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,215,577 ratings
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3.59 avg rating — 282,407 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 119,624 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 172,388 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 247,081 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 176,700 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 88,556 ratings
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12,597 books · 82,573 voters · list created June 22nd, 2008 by Ashley (votes) .
Tags: best, teen, ya, young-adult
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Ashley 1305 books
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Laura 1217 books
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Julie 3898 books
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Regan 225 books
22 friends
Laura 572 books
57 friends
Jessica 7481 books
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Arctic 1678 books
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Katie_marie 1299 books
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Comments Showing 1-50 of 1,285 (1285 new)


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 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: by Christina (new)

Christina I can't believe Twilight has more votes than Harry Potter. That is just wrong.


message 14: by Caralyn (new)

Caralyn Twilight is waayyyyyyyyyyyyy better than Harry Potter, Christina. And I read both.


message 15: by Tony (new)

Tony Hilton twilight is so weird. All it is is people who are vampires and werewolves


message 16: 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 17: by A (new)

A Twilight shouldn't be anywhere near this list. :P


message 18: 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 19: by A (new)

A 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: by A (new)

A 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 24: 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 25: by Crystal (new)

Crystal i love that series! yeah i cried at the end too... :(


message 26: 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 27: 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 28: 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 29: by Isaac (new)

Isaac 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 30: 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 31: by Isaac (new)

Isaac 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 32: by Dani Rojas (new)

Dani Rojas 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 33: 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 34: by Morgen (new)

Morgen THANK YOU KATIE!!!! i llllooooovvvveeeee HP!!! twilight is ok, but HP is sooo much better!!


message 35: by Lee (new)

Lee Kj wrote: "Maya wrote: "Harry Pottor all the way!"

I'm with you Maya!!!"


Agreed :) Harry potter is lifee !


message 36: by Holly (new)

Holly Artemis Fowl FOREVER! :)


message 37: 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 38: 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 39: 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 40: 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 41: by Clarence :P (new)

Clarence :P Why are all the Twilight books on here?
They're the worst books I've ever read!


message 42: 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 43: 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 44: 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 45: by Shwetika (new)

Shwetika well..... I am a supporter of twilight.. a huge fan of it actualy.


message 46: by Shwetika (new)

Shwetika Clare Bear wrote: "Why are all the Twilight books on here?
hummm... twilight might not be your kind of book..... but there are mannyyyy people who loves it.



message 47: by Ivory (new)

Ivory i support twilight AND harry potter


message 48: by Kassidy (new)

Kassidy I really dont like Harry Potter. I also really didnt enjoy From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankwell i thought it was boring. But I dont know if its on here and if it isnt, it should be but, the Pretty Little Liars series was seriously great!I LOVED it!


message 49: by Shanel (new)

Shanel i love to read!!!!!!!


message 50: by Annette2009 (new)

Annette2009 I have to agree with voters here. I LOVED The Book Thief; it is my favorite recent find. But if I'm making a true YA recommendation, I'd have to go with The Giver. It's got mystery, a dystopian setting, an engaging hero who introduces readers to The Hero's Journey theme. Short enough to be accessible to reluctant readers, complex enough to introduce great conversation topics. I've seen this book inspire junior high readers to tackle the series, and once they've done that, they're readers.

Of course, I can say the same for the Harry Potter series. If a child has made it through all of those long, engrossing novels, they can then tackle just about anything.


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