What are the best debut novels?

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    Twilight is the first book in the Twilight Saga series, a book by Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of Bella Swan, a transferee student, and Edward Cullen who is a vampire. They will fall in love with each other and defy all odds. 


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    Alexander Ramos
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The international best selling book, which went onto become a movie, was Stephenie Meyers big breakthrough. And it wasn't just a one hit wonder, she went onto to write three more."
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    #2The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Lawrence Austin
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Although The Hobbit was not the first book written by J.R.R. Tolkien, his series of books, The Lord of the Rings, is what made him so famous.The Hobbit was the first book in the series that he wrote. If you are looking for a great debut novel, I highly recommend The Hobbit! "
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    #3One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Albert Hart
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A classic tale of hardship under duress and coping with the inanities of our society from without and within."
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    #4The 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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    Alan Fields
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Great book but she's been an established author for a long time. I want new authors!"
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    #5The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.


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    Kyle Lucas
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I didn't love the book. I thought it relied too much on cheap drama and cliffhangers to push you through the story rather than compelling characters and authentic emotion. I found the journey believable but the love between the characters felt shallow, and written by someone whose idea of love was formed in a movie or television show."
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    #6The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.

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    Micky Yu
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This was an absolutely amazing read, I highly recommend it to any young adult! There was tears shed and laughs shared while reading this book. "
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    #7The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club
    The Joy Luck Club is a best-selling novel by Amy Tan that tells the story of a group of four Chinese women who meet together for mahjong and companionship. Later, their daughters continue the tradition.

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    Ralph Kelly
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Joy Luck Club is a novel about four Chinese women who are friends. It tells their adventures and how they stop hanging out. Time later, their daughters meet and reminiscence about their mothers."
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    #8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    Judith Guzman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book by Stieg Larsson and an amazing start to the Millennium Series. As a detective tries to straighten out his reputation, he tries to solve a murder in an affluent family."
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    #9Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    #10Sense 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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    Jessica Bryant
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If someone wanted to find debut novels, Amazon is an okay choice. There isn't any way I can find to search by such but you can always search elsewhere for an author and their debut novel and then look for said novel on Amazon to purchase, review, etc."
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    #11The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Lisa Huang
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye was a good book, but it is not very appropriate or enjoyable, it has a lot of disturbing content. "
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    #12The 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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    Andrew Young
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I was hesitant on this book after not being impressed with the movie, but this book does not disappoint. It is creative and gives a surprising depth of character that is not in the movie. The plot line and politics are creative and along with the adventure, keep you involved in the book. "
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    #13Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.


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    Lori Little
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I love this book and as far as debut novels go I completely and utterly agree. This book was so well written. It instantly engages you grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go till you're passed out. So, obviously I agree."


Best What are the best debut novels
1TwilightBooks 25 Paid
2The HobbitBooks 22 Paid
3One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 21 Paid
4The Bell JarBooks 20 Paid
5The God of Small ThingsBooks 17 Paid
6The HelpBooks 17 Paid
7The Joy Luck ClubBooks 15 Paid
8The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 14 Paid
9Gone with the Wind Books 13 Paid
10Sense and SensibilityBooks 11 Paid

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