What are the best must-read YA books for boys?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Joe Howell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Hunger Games is an entertaining book for young adolescents boys. The characters are very well developed and it is a must-read. The book deals many archetypes such as the 'hero' archetype which young teens may find appealing. "
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    #2Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

    Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)
    There is civil unrest in the districts, and the Capitol is getting tired of quelling these disturbances. In Catching Fire, the Capitol sends a chilling message to the districts to remind them of who is really in charge.
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    Chirag Mehra
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a great book for boys. A great plot about social strife and overcoming things. Really strong. really masculine. This is a good direction for young boys to take. Highly recommend. Tight writing. Fast paced. Intense action all through."
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    #3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry and his friends is already on their last year at Hogwarts but the adventure still continues. The battle will begin and many lives will be lost. 
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    Helen Gonzalez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Not only this book, but the entire series, is an awesome read, for everyone. A story about a magical society that can parallel events in our own world."
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    #4The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a young-adult novel by Rick Riordan. It follows the adventure of the demigod Percy Jackson. The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.
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    #5The Knife of Never Letting Go

    The Knife of Never Letting Go

    The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in the Chaos Walking series which is written by Patrick Ness. This book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 2008.

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    Jennifer Wong
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Boys love good books, too, that are written about subjects that interest them! This first book in the Chaos Walking series is a great read for YA boys who want to get into a book series that will keep them wanting to read more. I recommend picking up all of the books in this series for the boys in your life. the story takes them through the journey of a young man on the cusp of manhood, Todd. Readers won't want to leave these characters behind when they are finished reading. "
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    #6Looking 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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    Donna Ramirez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Very interesting book about an Alaskan adventure. Not good reading, at all, for young boys. It includes pornography complete with fellatio and worse. VERY detailed. It reads like a "how to enjoy gay sex" novel, leveled at young boys. Should have a warning label."
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    #7The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Adam Black
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a wildly entertaining book that I couldn't put down for four days. I'm not normally into young adult fiction, but had heard good things about The Book Thief and decided to give it a go. On the first day I had it, after planning to read for an hour, I got halfway through the book without even realizing it. The story carries you into another world."
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    #8The 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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    Deborah Jimenez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is one I think all young adults should read. It was such a great book for me to read when I was younger. The Hobbit is a classic story of friendship and trials, one I think younger boys can take a lot away from. To this day I still find myself wanting to reread it and revisit this world."
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    #9Holes

    Holes

    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.

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    Marilyn Hunter
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I think that this book given to its tremendous success # 1 New York Times bestselling, qualifies within the list of best must-read YA books for boys is a book that captures the interest of any young person."
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    #10The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy and his demigod friends braved a vast and dangerous maze to save Camp Half-Blood from an expected attack from the Titan Kronos. 

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    Billy Ross
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is an excellent choice. Not only is it highly rated, but this book allows parents and children to interact by reading together"
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    #11Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse is the third book in Rick Riordan's Greek mythology-based fantasy adventure series for children and teens. It was originally published in 2009. It is about Percy trying to hold off an ancient curse.

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    Caroline Kang
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This series is perfect for girls and boys, but for boys in particular. It really is great to use the imagination and this book allows young adult boys freedom to do that."
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    #12I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)

    I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)

    After escaping from his home planet Lorien, John Smith found shelter on Earth. Living as a human, but having powers that humans can only dream of having, he has been a rather quiet life until something started killing his fellow Lorien survivors: only nine kids managed to escape amb make it to Earth, three have already been killed... and he is the fourth on the list. 

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    Lisa Huang
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I am Number Four is a great read, not just for boys but for girls as well. There is suspense and a wonderful plot that will keep kids on the edge of their seats and excited about reading. A bonus is the movie that can be watched after reading. "
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    #13The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Last Olympian, the last book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy trained to fulfill his destiny and lead the heroes in protecting Mount Olympus against the Titan King, Kronos.


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    Robert Davidson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great YA book for boys that need something to read. I don't know if it is must read but if they are bored give it a shot."
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    #14Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Arthur Montgomery
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is very interesting. I like this book a lot. "
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    #15The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 

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    Rosa María Muñoz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I got this book shortly after having watched the first film. The movie really drew me in and I had to have it. Now, altogether, I think I like the film much better than the book, but the novel has its merits too without a doubt. I see a lot of reviews talking about how the characters were without personality, boring, unreadable, flat. In some ways I do understand the frustration. At times it's near impossible to read what is going on exactly, BUT I think I've found purpose to what so many deem madness. I mean, these are kids who woke up in a strange place with no memory of who they are, where they came from. To top it all off, they're trapped in a maze crawling with monsters at night. And no matter how much they try to escape, they can't. They have lived in a place with no idea of what they were, who they were supposed to be, or what they ARE supposed to be now. For me, it would only make sense for a stagnant environment to produce stagnation in the people occupying it. I know that may be reaching a little bit - but it's what has helped me to manage through the book with a peaked interest. I couldn't put the novel down. Overall, I find the concept of the story good. And despite the blank slates of many characters, they are still fairly likable (except for Alby. Book Alby worked my absolute last nerve. He was a complete 360 from his movie self and I have never hated a character so much so quickly. I disliked him more than Gally >:( ). All in all, the movie made me want to dive directly into The Scorch Trials, so it definitely did something right. Honestly, I think the biggest issue that most people can agree with is the lack of personality in the characters. But in my perspective, I can kind of make it work in my head! I look forward to continuing these books."
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    #16Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The story revolves around Harry Potter's sixth year in Hogwarts. Their class learned to apparate and Harry found a book that helped him in his potions class. More adventures and mysteries await him.
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    Olivia Brown
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince explores Hogwarts and its students; those who fall in love and Harry, who faces ultimate decisions and journey along the way."
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    #17Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The third installment in Harry Potter book series. The story revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter. He also discovered all about Sirius Balck and his parents. 

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    Guillermo Vargas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A definite must read YA book for boys and girls. The series is great and it's even enjoyable for adults."
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    #18Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry potter series. The story revolves around how Harry get past through Lord Voldemort once again. The quidditch cup is also happening and Harry will make sure he will see it. 
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    Shirley Keller
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a very appropriate book for this topic. Harry potter is written for young adults, and the series is meant to escalate their reading comprehension level as they read each new book."
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    #19Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry is on his second year at Hogwarts and more exciting but dangerous things are yet to come. 

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    Anna Hughes
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I tried this book as I wanted to give the Harry Potter series another try. I didn't enjoy the first one. This one was just as boring as the first one. I would suggest you not waste your time reading this book."
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    #20The Maze Runner Boxed Set

    The Maze Runner Boxed Set

    The Maze Runner is James Dashner's young adult dystopian novel about a group of teens inside a walled settlement surrounded by a wide and dangerous maze. It has been adapted into a film series. 

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    Ishan Jindal
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This collection is a really good choice for someone looking for must-read YA books, it has many reviews which are positive. I would high recommend this book collection to anyone looking for a good set of books to read, especially if they like Mazerunner."
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    #21The Brooklyn Follies

    The Brooklyn Follies
    The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster is a fiction novel originally published in 2005. This book is preceded by Oracle Night. It tells the story of a 60-year old man who transferred to Brooklyn to wait for the day he'll die.
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    Lawrence Duncan
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Fun story. Well written. Great character development. After reading Oracle Night I couldn't wait to dig into more Paul Auster books. Having grew up near and having several friends from Brooklyn it was interesting to see how the author described it."
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    #22Be More Chill

    Be More Chill
    Be More Chill is a young adult novel by Ned Vizzini, author of the bestselling novel It's Kind of a Funny Story. First published in 2015, it tells the story of Jeremy Heere's experiences in high school.
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    Denise Armstrong
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I think this book does a good job of showing some of the struggles that teens face. It brings to light what it is like growing up in a society filled with judgement, anxiety, and fears that hold you back. If you know a teen struggling to fit in I would recommend they check this out. "
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    #23Mr. Vertigo

    Mr. Vertigo

    Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster is an absurdist fiction novel first published in 1994. This book tells the story of Walter Claireborne Rawley - an orphan living in the streets of St. Louis - until a man adopted him and taught him how to fly.

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    Harold Carroll
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Add in German. Author Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Travels in the Scriptorium, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty languages. It is about a young Caucasian boy named Walter from St. Louis Missouri, who meets a man named Master Yehudi, who we later find out is a Jew from Hungary, named Master Yehudi says he will teach Walter how to fly, hence the title of the book Mr. Vertigo. "
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    #24Ask Me No Questions

    Ask Me No Questions
    Ask Me No Questions is a book by Marina Budhos that tells the story of Nadira. She and her family are illegal immigrants from Canada. They are hiding from the police but after the 9/11 attack, their lives are at stake.
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    Ann Johnson
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos is a very good book. It allows others to see immigration from another point of view. With that being said, I do not think this is the best solution or read for boys of any age. If the main characters were boys, then it would be easier for them to relate. With the feminine tone of this narrative, I would look elsewhere."

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Best What are the best must-read YA books for boys
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Hunger GamesBooks 27 Paid
2Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)Books 23 Paid
3Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsBooks 22 Paid
4The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 21 Paid
5The Knife of Never Letting GoBooks 20 Paid
6Looking for AlaskaBooks 19 Paid
7The Book ThiefBooks 18 Paid
8The HobbitBooks 15 Paid
9HolesBooks 14 Paid
10The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 13 Paid
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