Best Young Adult Fiction Books


The Top Ten

1 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Only the best books ever made

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

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.

-Sighs- Kids these days! The Harry Potter series is a timeless book that teaches everyone about the age old battle of good versus evil, trying to do the right thing in the face of adversity, and just how to be a good person. I feel like that Hunger Games and Twilight are good, but in all honesty, I don't think they compare. Twilight preaches the importance of a boyfrined. I mean, Bella has almost no social connections other than Edward (her boyfriend who was admittedly more than a little stalkerish) and Jacob (the boy who 'loved' her, but imprinted on her newborn daughter less than two months after she 'broke his heart' and got married). That is just unhealthy to have no connections outside of your boyfriend, your boyfriend's family, and a guy who loves you. Hunger Games is admittedly better, but the end resolution ruined the series for me, there was a lot of unfinished business! And also, the message taught in the Hunger Games (being loving enough to almost sacrifice yourself for ...more

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2 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I love Hungry Games! - ABeliever

Such an experience reading these books

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 - joelandrewp

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

C’mon we can beat hunger games!
We should be higher!
This book is so dam good!

The second you open the book you CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. You need to read these books if you haven't and if you don't you are missing out!

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!

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4 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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

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!

5 Divergent by Veronica Roth

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. ...more

Its actually quite good

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.

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

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6 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Anyone who has read this book, tell me about a better one. And I'll listen. ^_^ - waxythread13

Wow this book is a Marvell of science is very thought my opinion the quartet is a very good read.(ps:for some reason I liked spear for the dead (bk 2) more) - Toucan

7 Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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

Plot was excellent, loved the characters, should be in then top 3

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?

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

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

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9 Looking for Alaska by John Green

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

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

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".

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

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10 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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 - ProPanda

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 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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.

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.!

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.

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12 Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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!

13 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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.

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

I'm not surprised that this isn't in the top tens because it just got like really popular because the movie just came out but I still love it

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

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

I agree

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.

Come on guys, make it go higher. vote for it

17 The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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.

I READ THE WHOLE THING IN ONE DAY! It is a great read that I would reccoment to anyone at any age. Although, the movie was terrible, WHY DID THEY CUT CLARICE AND AIRES OUT! they were VERY essential to the plot.

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! - TheDarkWolf

Am I the only one who read this book a hundred time within the week because I was bored? Yeah I probably am. I Love Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

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18 Solitaire by Alice Oseman
19 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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. - Elric-san

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.

really really great book. now I'm gonna kill myself too... just kidding

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

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20 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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

21 Gone by Michael Grant

One of the best series ever! Way better of many ranked higher if you ask me. This is so underrated. The plot and the writing are fantastic. And what can I say about the characters? They are legendary. They are so complex and well written, and there's so much character development throughout the series. Gone is a must.


Very underrated book, would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys action and thriller books. Should be higher on the list.

I love this book and the rest of the series. ITS AMAZING! ! Who wouldn't love this book? It should be in the top ten!

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22 Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
23 Silence by Natasha Preston
24 Fallen by Lauren Kate
25 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
26 Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
27 Maximum Ride by James Patterson

I don't think I've ever read a book better than maximum ride. I'm in love with the characters. When you read it, you feel like you're right up there flying with them. I highly reccomend it.

Umm why isint this at the top? This series is by far the best young adult book ever! And best book in general!

28 Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Why is this not FIRST?! Artemis, Butler, Mulch, Holly... Come on PEOPLE! Eoin Colfer is SWAG!

29 Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I cannot believe this. Insurgent number FORTY-SIX? 'Insurgent', maybe not as good as 'Divergent', is still better than other books before this.

30 Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson
31 Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Best. Book. Ever. It makes you think in a really cool way. I recommend that EVERYONE reads it.

32 Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

This is such a great book, I've already read it more than four times, in the first two weeks itself! The awesomeness of this book can't be described in words.. You yourself have to try it out! - TheDarkWolf

Great book, but I still like 'The House of Hades' better... why top 34 only? I go to the bookstore every week and I don't even see or hear about other books that is 'better' than 'Mark of Athena'.

33 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
34 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I can read this series over and over.
The way words described the situation was wonderful. I can sense the horror and romance.
The romance is better than fifty shades. This book make me feel it.
I love this book so much...😉😍😍

35 Homeboyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
36 Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Definitely a remarkable book - Celestius

37 Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
38 Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

I wasn't a great fan of reading but this series changed my attitude of reading

This is probably soon gonna turn into my favourite book series, and at our school most of the grade 7 boys are reading the series. Well, I know where to go when I'm gonna read the next book in the series. - astroshark

This book is chalk full of stunts like driving a jeep onto a moving plane and skydiving into a mueseum window so Alex can shoot the villian.
It also begins a book series full of suspense, romance, betrayal, and shoking endings.

39 The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
40 City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

This book is so rich with fantasy. It tells the story of an ordinary girl who plunges into a supernatural world that is anything but ordinary. At this point in the series, she has come into contact with the hero she didn't know she had onside of herself, and if she wishes to save the lives of those around her, she must embrace that true hero inside.

Clary faces loss and tragedy in this final installment of a beautiful series. She must war with the hidden parts of herself in order to guarantee the fate of herself and those around her.

This was a great ending to my favorite series. All the characters are lovable, yet there are no Mary Sue's, and it avoids clichés pretty well. If you haven't read it, you totally should!

41 Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

Oh my gosh... Someone else who has actually heard of these books! They are the most gripping books in the world and the amount of action... Amazing! In the first 15 pages of the first book, there is a shark attack!

An exciting book that gripped me so that I couldn't stop reading them! The storyline is amazing with the perfect balance of crime and action. These are the world's best books.

This should be number 1! These books have a very well thought out plot and I am an author myself and I never could have come up with something this incredible! Gabrielle Lord all the way!

42 Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

A true classic, one of my favourites! This book has an extraordinarily unique they line and plot and was developed and written so well that I couldn't put down the book after I read the first few lines! Personally I think this was the best book out of the trilogy. She developed the characters well and the story was descriptive, imaginative and unique, making me feel like that I was really in the story. Classic story, a must-read for young adults and a definite page-turner! #inkheart4life

43 Paper Towns by John Green

This book is underrated, and much better compared to TFiOS in my opinion.

44 His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

The His Dark Materials trilogy is unbelievably well written and Northern Lights is an incredible start to the trilogy with some mature themes for a young adult series. It's a shame they butchered the film but the books are fully deserving of the awards they have received. Absolutely crazy that this series hasn't been suggested yet!

45 Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
46 Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
47 The Long Walk by Stephen King
48 Warriors - Erin Hunter

Cinder pelt is underrated #cindernpelt swag

I like warriors. I loved it as a child, before starting in Harry Potter. I actually just realised that I still love it. I grew up with Warriors, just as much as with Harry Potter. - Silverfeather

I love warriors it’s just so amazing. I ship BlueXOak forever! - Aquastar77

Warriors is my life. I walk into battle with Firestar at every chance that I get whether it's at recess or just before bed.

49 The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Agreed. This has to be the best series ever! It has an amazing plot and unforgettable characters. I promise you will never want to put the books down once you've started. This beautiful series will make you cry! I recommend it 100%! It also has an amazing love triangle. But the Herongraystairs love triangle is not like other books where the girl is forced to choose between them and the fans are devastated. No, this is different. I don't want to spoil it, but I promise you will love it. It's an awesome, heartwarming story. please read it if you haven't already. Thank you Cassandra Clare!

Its not really my favorite, but its still wonderful and should be higher.

This should be number 1. This, personally, is my ABSOLUTE favorite series of all time. Well this and Harry Potter. No words can fully describe my love and bond for this series. And it will always hold a special place in my heart. I fell in love with everything about it. The characters, the time period, the plot etc. it was so incredibly heart-wrenching when it was all over and I was lost for days. It’s amazing how a book can impact your life so immensely. For anyone who has not yet read the infernal devices, believe me when I say this, you are missing out in something SPECTACULAR!

50 Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

These books are brilliant, like the Narnia books. The books are a race against evil, following a journey. The Harry Potter series is in fact, part of the occult. As innocent as they may seem, it is sorcery, and sorcery is witchcraft. Lord Of The Rings is realistic, and the books are shared by all of ages. These and the Narnia series are Christian-like good ol' books.

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