What are the best books by authors under 30?

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    #1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Diane Payne
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Excellent book. So much fun to read."
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    #2Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Alexander Williams
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "While this is a great book, Jane Austen was in the latter half of her 30s so I wouldn't call it a best book by an author under 30. Regardless, I'll have to rate it at the mid scale because the book is damned awesome and if you don't mind half a decade past 30, it's still worth reading."
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    #3The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s famous short novel published in 1903. London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness and the pull of instinct through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. 


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    Scott Delgado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The famous short novel provided a unique approach to a time in which America was still in its infant stage. It was a unique era in which the days of expansion was ending and the modern era was still in its early stages. While it was an interesting concept of writing about the experiences of the Klondike Gold Rush, I would have preferred to read about a novel through the eyes of a person though rather than a dog, it would have been a bit more believable if it was through a persons account instead. "
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    #4Half of a Yellow Sun

    Half of a Yellow Sun
    Half of a Yellow Sun is a historical fiction novel by the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Set in the now-defunct Republic of Biafra, it tells the story of five people as they fight to keep their nation alive.

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    Gary Diaz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love other works by this author so decided to check this one out. The subject matter is unique, but I have to admit it is quite long and my patience was wearing thin. There were quite a number of character with motivations that didn't quite gel."
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    #5Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 

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    Robert Shaw
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is an interesting young adult fiction novel where the main character goes through the process of trying to understand mortality, life, death, and moving on. The characters are surprisingly complex, and it's very relateable to teens. Overall I'd recommend if you want to read...it's actually quite good."
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    #6The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Verónica Monroy
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Bell Jar is probably one of Sylvia Plath's most well known books, despite it's harrowing topic. Knowing that Sylvia Plath had a troublesome and difficult life, I wonder how much of The Bell Jar is actually autobiographical. Ms. Plath's ability to development the depression and madness of Esther Greenwood is so strong to the point of being disturbing. However, I couldn't tear myself away from reading this book."
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    Carrie is a horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of Carrie White, a girl that's constantly bullied by her schoolmates. When she finally has a chance to be normal, an unforeseen cruel act will end in horrible disaster.


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    Jin Yi
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "One of Stephen Kings best even though he was only 27 when he wrote it. It still remains at the top of his numerous books all these years later."
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    #8Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

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    Louis Russell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close when it first came out. Everyone was talking about Foer as a generational writing talent. I thought the book was a little cutesy. Everything is just a little too perfect and unbelievable."
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    #9Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.


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    Rosario Salinas
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I wasn't really a big fan of this book. The plot sounds like it could be fairly interesting but it is full of plot holes and the overall story just sort of falls flat. I also thought that the characters were pretty hard to relate to. They didn't feel real, and without a solid story or good characters, the whole book just sort of falls apart. "
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    #10The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Joyce Santos
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "F. Scott Fitzgerald was 29 yrs old when the Great Gatsby was published, making this an excellent choice for books by authors under 30. I highly recommend this great work of literature to anyone interested in reading a true classic. This book has it all, a tragic love story, the American Dream, politics and failure. Since so many people have read this book you can always find someone to discuss it with!"
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    #11Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.


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    Bruce Yang
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The subject is interesting. The writing is, too. I am not familiar with either the story or the author. "


Best What are the best books by authors under 30
1The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 24 Paid
2Sense and SensibilityBooks 23 Paid
3The Call of the WildBooks 21 Paid
4Half of a Yellow SunBooks 20 Paid
5Looking for AlaskaBooks 19 Paid
6The Bell JarBooks 18 Paid
7CarrieBooks 17 Paid
8Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseBooks 16 Paid
9Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)Books 15 Paid
10The Great GatsbyBooks 12 Paid

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