Best Young Adult Fiction Books


The Top Ten

1 Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

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

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).
GO HARRY POTTER! - Silverfeather

Although I am in many fandoms I have to say Harry Potter is by far the best. It is like returning home. They have timeless story and theme and is never boring, even if the entire chapter is just hog warts classes or Harry at the dursleys. I'm so glad this is number one

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2 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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

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 love this book

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

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!

This book is the most amazing book I ever read

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4 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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

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

Read this recently, just cannot wait for the film, I'm angered that this is so far down from the hunger games, as they are similar in the style of writing and the way they're written as in the fiction and fantasy world, etc. - chloerachelwilliams

How is this not at least ten. I thought nothing can beat the hunger games until I read this. To be honest I haven't read Harry potter. But this should be at least number 10


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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.

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8 Looking for Alaska by John Green

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!

The feels are strong in this one😭

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9 The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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.

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


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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.

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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

so amazing

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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

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.

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17 Solitaire by Alice Oseman
18 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

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.!

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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

It's real. It's heartwrenching. It's inspiring.

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20 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
1. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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