Best Young Adult Fiction Books

The Top Ten
1 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling Product Image

Harry Potter is far better than the most part of the Young Adult novels that we see around today. It has romance, mystery, action, suspense, and a great deal of lessons people of all ages could learn. It teaches us at the same time it entertains us and it's really a fantastic story. Personally, growing up with the series, it means a lot to me and it's one of those stories that never gets old. It's something you can read a million times and always discover something new. The best proof you can have of how good a series it is and the impact it's had is in the fandom. And let me just say, Harry Potter is more than a hell of an experience.

This series is my life! I don't (and never will) love a book more than Harry Potter. I can read the books over and over again, and burst out laughing each time Fred and George say something funny, and I cry each time Dobby, or someone else dies. Harry Potter is the best, I'm serious. I also like Twilight, Divergent and the Hunger Games, but honestly, they can't compare to Harry Potter. Most of my friends think I'm crazy, or that I'm exaggerating, but seriously, I'm not. I sometimes am depressive because I don't live in the world of Harry Potter. I want to go to Hogwarts, learn how to control magic, fight against Voldemort's army, be in Dumbledore's Army, etc. I also want to thank J.K. Rowling for writing these awesome books, that made my life better.
This story never gets old, and it will stay popular forever (I hope).

This series taught me so much.
Dumbledore taught me that great knowledge is acquired with great pain.
Snape taught me that you can "always" change your ways.
Ginny taught me to be strong and to never give up.
The twins taught me to find light in the darkness.
Remus taught me to love who I am and never feel bad about myself.
Sirius taught me to never, ever stop being loyal to my friends.
Voldemort taught me that the world is full of prejudice and tyrants exist everywhere, yet we can not give in to them.
Bellatrix taught me that there are some really, really horrible people in the world.
Lily taught me the power of love.
James taught me that even a bully
can become a great man.
Molly taught me that we can always rely on our mothers.
Arthur taught me to be curious about the unknown.
Ron taught me that it is not a person's background that matters but their loyalty and courage.
Hermione taught me that girls can be strong and knowledge is ...more

Reading this series is one of the best things that I have ever done. No other series of my lifetime has and probably ever will surpass the Harry Potter series. I feel like everything else that we love today has copied the Harry Potter series. We all know and love the stories of the Twilight Saga and Mortal Instruments, but seriously in some parts it seems like the author wasn't even aiming for originality when they wrote the plot or created the characters. But we know that J.K. Rowling wrote from her heart. I read her books knowing that in my hands I hold a horcrux because like Voldemort put a part of his soul in the seven objects, the author put a part of her soul in each book.

2 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Product Image

The Hunger Games may not be better than the legendary Harry Potter, but it does have an important message. Katniss never wanted the war. She only sacrificed for her sister, but what she did, was so big that she realized the enormity of her duty, and embraced her opportunity to stop there from being any more Prims and Rues.

I could not agree more, this is probably one of the best books I have read, and if not, THE BEST. There is enough action, drama, suspense, adventure, violence and romance to call this a fantastic book, recommend this book to every one, the sequels are good too, but not as good as this book alone

I'm not a reader, but when I read this, I WAS HOOKED! This book was very original, inspiring, suspenseful, adrenaline pumping, and not to mention it beats the crap out of Twilight. There's only 1 problem... Do we really need a movie?

I am so grateful to Suzanne Collins. She wrote a truly amazing masterpiece. Everyone should read it at least once in their lifes. If you read it, maybe your view on life will change. I've read it more than twenty times and I haven't got bored yet.

3 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and John Rocco Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and John Rocco Product Image

I love how this is the original cover...almost. It's a great book that I could read over and over and over, and never get tired of one part of it.

I LOVED this book series. You just get lost in it and you can't put it down. Rick Riordan is a great author and the characters are really likeable and just plain awesome.

This dam book is so dam awesome. Right now I am sitting on a dam chair on a dam laptop. Hang on... This book is not the Titan's curse. Anyway, all Percy Jackson books are good!

I thought it was good but then I read Harry Potter. Not to be accusing or anything, but it IS quite alike in the way of characters and events...

4 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Product Image

One of my favourite books of all time! I fell in love with ALL the characters - Markus Zusak's writing is just so beautiful. It's difficult to put this book down, but who would honestly want to? Such a lovely, heartwarming story that teaches that even through hardships, there is still some good in the world.

Now here is a book, people, that is original, heartbreaking, eye-opening, and teaches you a lot about the hardships that come in life. The fact that Hunger Games and Harry Potter is above this is just sad. It just means we've forgotten what true literature is.

This book is good. I really like Markus Zusak's writing style!

I LOVE this book SO much! it is so heart touching, and interesting.

5 Divergent by Veronica Roth Divergent by Veronica Roth Product Image

I don't hate very many books. But these were SO BADLY WRITTEN I cannot stress enough to NOT READ THEM IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. They skip over talking about the interesting society they live in in order to talk about the love story between two of the most BORING character I've ever seen in literature. You've got the classic teenage girl who finds out she's "special" trope, who has no character development and who's only personality trait is being the stereotypical "selfless hero", you've got the love interest who's only there to be the love interest, and you've got the protagonist's friends who are so unmemorable I can't even remember their names. There are three books, and instead of using the third book to expand on the universe and go more in-depth about the world the author has created after the main enemy has been dealt with, or even creating SOME CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, the author chose to start a whole NEW plot that didn't make any sense just to stretch it out. The first two were ...more

Wow, The Hunger Games is number 1? That's RIDICULOUS! I read the entire trilogy and I hated it! The characters were bland (If developed at all), the villain was not threatening, and the entire premise was a blatant rip-off of the much better written Battle Royale! Divergent on the other hand is a far more realistic take on a dystopian future with great characters. Tris is extremely likeable and you root for her because she you know she's a great person. The only reason you'd ever root for Katniss is because you're pretty much forced to, considering Collins doesn't develop any other characters. Also, Divergent doesn't have a stupid love triangle like THG. There's one love interest for Tris (Four) and he's much more charismatic than both Peeta and Gale combined. Best of all, Divergent is ORIGINAL! THG plagiarized Battle Royale. Seriously, if you liked the Hunger Games, PLEASE, do yourself a favor and read Battle Royale. Don't judge it because it's Japanese. I promised you it's much ...more

A dystopian world where people are split up into groups and have very little say in their own lives. A teenage girl rises up and start a rebellion to take down the evil dictator and "find out who she is" along the way. Divergent is a badly written rip-off of The Hunger Games. If you're going to read one, read the Hunger Games, it's fantastic. Divergent was terrible.

This one is good. The sequels...not so much. Insurgent was okay, but a little advice from me to whoever reads this: leave it there. Allegiant is a disappointment and Four is just this from Four's view.

6 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Product Image
7 Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Product Image

This is one of the few books I've ever read where the film adaptation was much better than the book itself. The movie is by far one of my favorite films, but the book was so boring and sloppy in my opinion. I read it twice and it still didn't have the same effect that the movie did. Let me add how disappointed I am that Twilight is ranked higher than this book...absolutely unfortunate.

Wait, wait, wait. How is this only number seven?! This is one of the best books I have ever read. The topics are so mature, and it talks about the REAL issues in this world. Charlie is the most beautiful character ever--he bleeds emotion. This book changes you, in a way that other books never will. I was changed forever when I read this. It helped me discover myself. It was NOT written sloppily--that's how it was meant to be written. It was from the point of view of a teenage boy who had so many feelings rushing through him all the time, who was trying to find himself. It brings up everything that is so important (keep in mind--not GOOD, but important)--suicide, rape, molestation, abortion, rejection, depression, drugs...the list could go on and on. These messages are important. This book is beautiful. Inspirational. Life-changing.

8 The Maze Runner by James Dashner The Maze Runner by James Dashner Product Image

Mind blowing series. Plot twists that will certainly stop your heart, characters so lovable you'll melt, very well written.

This should be nearer the top, I fell in love with so many of the characters! Extremely well written and an excellent plot.

I love this trilogy, it was amazing! Page turner. I loved it so much lots of twists and turns. Everyone should read it!

This was an amazing book. One of my favorites by far. Its really well written with amazing charecters and a great plot. Why isn't it at the top?

9 Looking for Alaska by John Green Looking for Alaska by John Green Product Image

This book was so good. I am a slow reader and miraculously read it in a week and it is my favorite book!

Love this book, it reads easily and is a bit dark and philosophical, also love that john green takes a person who would be considered to be a nerd but's actually pretty interesting

It's just simply perfect. I fell in love with Alaska..

Simply amazing! Really well-written with a really fun and sad story that makes you wanna read as fast as you can to know what is meant with "... Days before".

10 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Product Image

This was a book I feel neutral on. Hinton has a good writing technique, and his climax is extraordinary, but his exposition is very lackluster, the characters by themselves are bland, and the book isn't interesting enough for me to read to the whole thing at once. Still, the dark topic, and excellent climax make up for it. Recommend if you're into darker stories and an overview on life at a teen level. 4/5

The Outsiders below The Hunger games and Divergent? What is this crap? This is what I believe to be the best teen book of all time. It's a great timeless story that actually had heart and thought put into it. It's a classic. Divergent will never be a classic.

It's a good book.

The Contenders
11 Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Product Image

Uglies is a book by Scott Westerfeld. Scott probably put a lot of detail into this book. It is set in North America and is set in the future. It uses Magnetic Levitation and eye screens. Any tech/future loving fans should read this book

This book is so meaningful and takes you on such an adventure!

12 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Product Image

Twilight is one of the best book this world has ever experienced.! , Stephanie Meyer drives her fans with an everlasting, exhilarating supernatural and intensity in teenage sex.! Stunning Sequel! For those who haven't got any chance to taste her acquaintance, this is the chance..The way she sails on the character Jacob is absolutely pulchritudinous! Being rejected from Bella, he doesn't lose hope, he still clings to the fabrics of her flesh and bones, helps her in every way he can! And the idea of he imprinting on Bella's daughter Renesmee is one of the irony! This is most hammering Must-read I've ever read.!

I'm sorry, but why is this book so high on the list? I've read this book and it doesn't compare to the books below it. First of all, Bella is a Mary Sue. She isolates herself from other people and barely does anything, yet everyone fawns over her anyway. She's special for no apparent reason, really. And she can't function at all with her boyfriend and refuses to try to be a normal teenager when he leaves her. When Hermione, Katniss, and Annabeth lose their boyfriends, they continue to fight for what they believe in and try to get them back. Bella just lies there like a zombie and attempts to kill herself.

And Edward is almost a century older than Bella, but they can have a relationship because he looks like a seventeen year old. And let's not forget that he happens to be an abusive stalker who tries to control Bella and make decisions for her. Plus, Jacob, falls in love and imprints on an infant. How romantic.

Something that condones and romanticizes abuse and pedophilia ...more

I understand that there will always be people here who hate the book and the characters... but I really do love the books and the movies. Sure, I can see that Bella is a complete pain in the ass and Edward is sometimes acting like a creep... but the other characters are what makes me love the series. If you haven't read it yet, and are tempted to, but you don't want to be judged for it... I do recommend reading it... just so you can make the decision for yourself.

Un sorry but this doesn't deserve to be on the list. Edward seems like a complete stalker, and the only lesson anyone can learn from this is... Nothing. Bella Can't live without a boyfriend and tries to kill herself because she lost him? How is this one of the best young adult books, it may be popular, but its not a good series.

13 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Product Image

It's the best young adult fiction book out there. It has an amazing plot, beautiful writing, and a heart wrenching ending. It's is just an all around good book.

How can THIS be number 25? That's just wrong. This is one of the best books ever... Why not in the Top 10?

Why is this not first? Or even in the top ten?

This book is inspiring. Beautiful.

14 Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith Product Image
15 It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini Product Image
16 Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini Product Image

Okay, I admit all of these books are amazing, and it was very hard to choose from. But Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle is amazingly perfect. Action, adventure, magic, friendship, treason, secret societies, betrayal, loss and a hint of romance. OH WAIT THERE"S DRAGONS! Amazing book! You will not regret. Please Read.

17 Solitaire by Alice Oseman Solitaire by Alice Oseman Product Image
18 The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Product Image

Percy Jackson is a fantastic all round series. Although I do not value it over Harry potter, I have voted for it because it is my second favourite and I'm not a hunger games fan. Nothing can catch the hunger games from here on but Percy Jackson has the best shout. So I cast my vote for this.

It's a mustread series for all pre-teens/teens. Rick Riordan is without a doubt one of the best teen fiction writers of his generation. In fact, all on this list are.

Um... the Lightning Thief is already on here at #3. And the movie sucked. It's a great book, but a terrible movie. Likewise can be said about the Sea of Monsters, too.

Book-lovers without Percy Jackson are like body without a soul! If you haven't read the Percy Jackson series, then go to your nearest book store and pick up the book!

By the way this is the same book as the one in 3rd. I love this book and was sooo upset at the movie! As soon as I read the first chapter I knew I had found my new favorite.!

19 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Product Image

This is an amazing novel. While some things portray suicide in a way that is unrealistic, this book felt real. All of the reasons why are reasons a person would be driven to this, and I like how Clay rarely confronts anyone about the tapes. What I don't like is the ending that was going to be put into the book and was put into the 10th anniversary edition, because it sucked out all of the emotion and realism for a Disneyfied ending that was about as realistic as a dragon flying over Jupiter with butterfly wings. Okay, it was more realistic than that, but still. Also, I've recently seen the trailer for the Netflix series coming out, and I'm worried it will just go the melodramatic route with no sense of realism. I hope I will be wrong, but either way, it can't damage this phenomenal book.

This book, if nothing else, is real. It takes you through the story of a girl, but also the story of a boy. In my opinion, reading a boy hear a dead girl explain why she killed herself was amazing, if not scary or intense. I think it's a question asked around in many heads: "What would people think if I was gone? " or "What would their reactions be? "

Overall a great book, which definitely deserves to be higher on the list.

The book is absolutely gripping and emotional.It's very convincing too.

20 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Product Image

How can this not be in top 10? It's great.

21 Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld Product Image
22 Silence by Natasha Preston Silence by Natasha Preston Product Image
23 Fallen by Lauren Kate Fallen by Lauren Kate Product Image
24 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Product Image
25 Crash Into Me by Albert Borris Crash Into Me by Albert Borris Product Image
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